The New York Jets’ win over Miami sure didn’t help their No. 1 overall pick odds. The Bengals, Browns, Chargers, 49ers and Giants all sit at 0-3 at the moment, leaving the Jets and their 1-2 record on the outside looking in at a projected top 5 pick.
Luckily for the Jets, this is a deep quarterback class that has quality options all across the board.
Let’s take a look at some guys we just might see under center for the Jets next season.
Sam Darnold (USC vs. California): 26-for-38, 223 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
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This 20-year-old phenom is viewed by many as the cream of the crop in this QB class. Jets fans such as the man above are already salivating at the very thought of Sam Darnold suiting up as a member of Gang Green. We saw Darnold and USC struggle through the first half of Saturday afternoon’s matchup without running back Ronald Jones and wide receiver Steven Mitchell, both key pieces to the Trojans’ offense. The sophomore signal caller threw an interception just outside the red zone during the second quarter and found himself tied with an inferior opponent at halftime. As good teams do, the Trojans managed to pull away in the second half and came away with a 30-20 victory. This was the first time this season that Darnold threw fewer than two picks in a game. Darnold has thrown seven interceptions through four games, just two fewer picks than he threw all of last season.
Josh Allen (Wyoming vs Hawaii): 9-for-19, 92 yards, 1 TD
While he threw a clutch 25-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime to take down the Rainbow Warriors, Allen continued to underwhelm. He failed to throw for 100 yards for the second straight week and completed just 47.4 percent of his passes. While poor performances against power five teams Iowa and Oregon may be excusable for this Mountain West quarterback, his lack of production during an in-conference game could push his stock down.
Josh Rosen (UCLA vs. Stanford): 40-for-60, 480 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
480 yards and three touchdowns are impressive totals, however one must consider the fact that Rosen played essentially the entire game from behind. The junior threw a total of 60(!) passes during Saturday’s losing effort, setting a new career high for pass attempts. He also threw two interceptions for the second straight week. Rosen has a nasty habit of trying to do to much and turning the ball over, a habit he must break if he wants to find success at the pro level.
Lamar Jackson (Louisville vs. Kent State): 18-for-22, 299 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 8 carries, 34 yards, rush TD
Three total touchdowns is relatively quiet day from Lamar Jackson, as we’ve grown so accustomed to seeing the reigning Heisman winner put up eye-popping statistics. The reality of No. 17 Louisville’s game against Kent State is that the Cardinals didn’t really need too much from their star quarterback. As a matter of fact, he actually sat out the fourth quarter of Saturday’s blowout. While Jackson’s 18 completions on 22 attempts made for an efficient completion percentage, oddly enough two of his four incompletions ended up in the hands of the opposing team. All in all, a solid showing from one of the most exciting players in college football.
Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma vs. Baylor) 13-for-19, 283 yards, 3 TD
No. 3 Oklahoma played a close one against the Baylor Bears this week. The defense struggled and let the winless Bears put up 41 points. Baker Mayfield, on the other hand, had himself a nice day. The Heisman contender threw a total of three touchdowns on Saturday, the last one was a 48-yard strike late in the third quarter to put Oklahoma in the lead for good. The Sooners have won 14 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation. Mayfield now owns an impressive touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13:0 on the season.
Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State vs. TCU) 22-for-41, 398 yards, 2 TD, rush TD, 2 INT
After putting on a clinic at Pittsburgh last week, Mason Rudolph and the No. 15 Cowboys had a rude awakening in their 44-31 home loss to Big 12 conference rival No. 9 TCU. Rudolph struggled to find open receivers and turned in his worst performance of the season. He completed a season-low 53.7 percent of his passes and threw a season-high two interceptions. Rudolph and Oklahoma State will be looking for redemption during this Saturday’s primetime matchup with Texas Tech.
Jarrett Stidham (Auburn vs. Missouri) 13-for-17 218 yards, 1 TD, 5 carries, 35 yards
Auburn’s passing game had to settle for second billing on Saturday as the Tigers ran all over Missouri to the tune of 263 yards and 5 touchdowns. Stidham served as a nice compliment to the running game, completing 76.5 percent of his passes and putting up a solid 97.9 QBR before in three quarters of action.
Luke Falk (Washington State vs. Nevada) 36-for-47, 478 yards, 5 TD
Falk went off against Nevada’s hapless defense, throwing for 478 yards and five touchdowns in Washington State’s 45-7 drubbing of the Wolfpack. The senior out of Logan, Utah has thrown for a combined 11 touchdowns in his last two games. Luke Falk is red hot and so is Washington State, which is 4-0 for the first time since 2001.
Also on our radar: Jake Browning (Washington), 11-for-21, 160 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT vs. Colorado… Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), 14-for-29, 83 yards, 2 INT, 10 carries, 47 yards vs. Georgia… Quinton Flowers (South Florida) 8-for-20, 96 yards, 16 carries, 59 yards, 2 rush TD vs. Temple… Riley Ferguson (Memphis) 22-for-36, 288 yards, 2 TD vs. Southern Illinois
What to watch for: Two of the nations top quarterbacks will go head to head at 7:30 on Saturday night as Sam Darnold’s USC Trojans travel to Pullman, Washington to take on Luke Falk and the Washington State Cougars.
Feature image courtesy of wsucougars.com