Jets Nab Potential Aaron Rodgers Successor With 5th-Round Pick

The Jets may have just landed their quarterback of the future in the fifth round of the NFL Draft.
Dec 3, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) watches
Dec 3, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers (8) watches / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets were without a clear long-term plan at quarterback especially, after trading Zach Wilson to the Denver Broncos earlier in the week. The team entered the draft with the option of selecting a potential heir to Aaron Rodgers however, it wasn't necessarily a massive need. The Jets may have landed their heir to the throne by selecting Jordan Travis out of Florida State with the 171st pick.

Travis was having an outstanding senior season as a Heisman candidate for the Seminoles passing for 2,756 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions. Despite missing the last month of the season with a leg injury, Travis finished fifth in the Heisman voting going 11-0 as the starter.

Travis lands in what may be the best landing spot for his career by ending up in New York. The rookie will now learn behind one of the greatest quarterbacks ever in Aaron Rodgers with another solid mentor in Tyrod Taylor. Both can share their experiences of learning behind veteran quarterbacks helping with Travis' development. The best part for Travis is he won't be forced into the fire too early as the team will have Rodgers and Taylor playing before Travis ever takes the field.

The Jets have failed multiple quarterbacks in Wilson and Sam Darnold by starting them before they were truly ready to play. This is the perfect low-risk high-reward pick for the Jets as they may land a long-term option at quarterback on day three of the draft.

The New York Jets are quietly having one of the best draft's this year. The team landed extra picks in a trade-down that gave the Jets picks without losing any potential targets while landing a potential franchise corner stone at left tackle. The team has since added dynamic weapons to an offense that needed an infusion of youth drafting Braelon Allen, Malachi Corley, and Isaiah Davis. The Jets now have the guys in the trenches and the talent on the outside to compete for the AFC East and potentially a Super Bowl.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Jets have the third-best odds at +200 to win the AFC East in 2024.

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