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Jets expected to land QB in first round to replace Aaron Rodgers
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Jets expected to land QB in first round to replace Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is the New York Jets QB1 for now, but he’s 40 years old.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler offered the Green and Whites a long-term answer at the quarterback position in his way-too-early 2025 NFL mock draft. With the No. 22 overall pick in the first round, he predicted Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders would become a Jet.

“Despite all the hype (including him being the betting favorite to be the No. 1 pick in 2025), Sanders wouldn’t be a first-round pick if the draft happened tomorrow. The talent is clear, but he must show consistency in his decision-making this fall if he wants to crack the top 25,” Brugler explained.


Sanders would be a nice QB addition for the Jets

Shedeur is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion “Prime Time” Sanders.

Sanders began his collegiate career at Jackson State from 2021 to 2022 before transferring to Colorado for the 2023 season.

Sanders, 22, is listed at 6-foot-4 and weighs 215 pounds, according to the school’s website. At the highest level of college football, Sanders put together a career season this past year.

He completed 69.3% of his passes, threw for 3,230 passing yards and had an interception ratio of 27 touchdowns to three. Sanders showed some skill in the ground game, carrying the rock 111 times for 394 rushing yards and scoring four times, according to the school’s website.

Since 1992, the Jets have selected a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft just four times.

Rodgers has publicly said he plans to play multiple seasons for the Jets. If that becomes a reality, the Jets would have the luxury of developing Sanders and wouldn’t have to throw him to the wolves as an immediate starter.

In Brugler’s way-too-early 2025 spot, he predicted three quarterbacks would go in the first round. Sanders was the last of that group at pick No. 22.


What about Jordan Travis?

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There has been a lot of buzz since the Jets made the move on Jordan Travis in the fifth round of the 2024 NFL draft. The front office and coaching staff have praised the young man for his leadership skills and intriguing traits.

But talking to draft analysts behind the scenes, they think his ceiling at the NFL level is nothing more than a backup passer. They explained that his physical limitations would prevent him from ever becoming a full-time starter. Although they left the door open for him to be a potential spot starter in the right situation.

It’s worth noting that if the Jets can transform Travis into a long-term backup passer, it should be a big win for this organization. Quarterbacks are an extremely valuable asset, whether they are starters or backups.

General manager Joe Douglas said during his pre-draft that he wants to turn the Jets organization into a “quarterback factory.” He explained that in a perfect world, they would hire a new passer in every draft cycle.

New York historically hasn’t used that approach under Douglas’ leadership since taking over in June 2019. However, it could be the start of a new era at 1 Jets Drive.