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Jets Select Bryce Petty With 103rd Pick

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The Jets traded up one slot from 104 to 103 to take Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round. Typically you only move up one slot for a quarterback, and it is because you are afraid somebody else is also going to move up. The Jets gave up the 229th pick, which is the seventh rounder they acquired from the Texans last night.

Picking Petty in the fourth round is not a major investment. It is probably a sign that the new regime is ready to move in a different direction from Geno Smith, though.

Petty put up gaudy stats at Baylor. He has an NFL physical skillset and might be the best athlete at the quarterback position in this year's Draft outside Marcus Mariota. He also could not be rawer. He comes from a very simplified offense at Baylor that shares a lot of overlap with the one Geno Smith ran at West Virginia. Petty wasn't running an offense with NFL concepts. His team didn't even have an actual playbook. There is certainly going to be a transition.

I can't say I'm thrilled about this, but at least it beats throwing a second or a third round pick at him.