New York Jets Should Draft a Quarterback


Published: March 13, 2009


... at least Rex Ryan can make amends for the decision to pass on Jay Cutler for the very average D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

For whatever reason, the Jets' front office doesn't seem to think that drafting a quarterback in the first round is the way to build a franchise.

History tells a different story.

With the exception of Vinny Testaverde, the only Jet quarterbacks that have made an impact in the NFL were selected through the draft.

Sonny Werblin kept the fragile Joe "Wille" Namath from becoming—of all things—a Cardinal.

The only other Jet quarterbacks worth mentioning in franchise history were acquired through the draft—Richard Todd, Kenny O'Brien, and Chad Pennington.  It's also worth noting that all of these drafted quarterbacks got the Jets into the playoffs at least once.

Namath won a Super Bowl, and Todd got them to the AFC championship in the strike-shortened 1981 season.


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