2011 NFL Draft: New York Jets Work Out TCU QB Andy Dalton

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIIApril 18, 2011

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks on against the Wisconsin Badgers during the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets reportedly held a private workout with 2011 NFL Draft prospect TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on Friday according to league sources even though they presumably have Mark Sanchez already cemented as their quarterback for the future.

Andy Dalton who's proven nothing but being a winner and leader in college has been a fast rising prospect and could potentially be a late-first round pick.

The Jets currently stand at No. 30 but even though they have a need for a backup quarterback, I see virtually no chance that they invest a high pick on him.

With that said, they may be putting this out there as a smoke screen in order to entice other teams to actively pursue him by trading up.

Behind the Jets, several ball clubs such as the Buffalo Bills (No. 34), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 35), Arizona Cardinals (No. 38), and Tennessee Titans (No. 39) are all looking to land their franchise quarterback and would be willing to jump up to grab him.

Recall what the Minnesota Vikings did to move back and allow the Detroit Lions to pick up Jahvid Best last year? This could be a similar scenario.

I'm sure a smart organization like the Jets understand that they could save money by getting out of the first round and would also be able to get great value in return. 

As I mentioned, Dalton is one of the hottest commodities in the class. In my opinion, he's best suited as a quarterback to groom for the future as he's got the essential ingredients but may need a year or two to sit on the sidelines while learning the craft before becoming a full-time starter.

This is likely a cunning play by the front office and it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.