Will The New York Jets Finally Find Their Franchise QB In The 2021 NFL Draft?

Everything you need to know about the success of New York Jets quarterbacks is this: Mark Sanchez holds the franchise record for playoff wins (4).

The Jets have spent most of the team’s 60-year history in search of a star quarterback. Count 2021 as another season with the same goal.

The NY Jets threw in the towel on QB Sam Darnold after just three seasons, trading him to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks.

Gang Green is likely to take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Most experts believe the Jets will select QB Zach Wilson on April 29.

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Looking at the New York Jets 2021 Draft

The Jets have 10 picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Five of those picks are in the first three rounds.

Taking Wilson with the No. 2 pick is almost a lock, at this point. NJ online sportsbooks have Wilson going to New York (assuming the Jets stay at No. 2). FOX Bet and BetMGM posted odds Wilson is drafted by the NY Jets at -2500.

The Jets also control the 23rd overall pick in the first round.
DraftKings is offering +120 odds that an offensive player will be taken with the Jets’ second pick and -150 for a defensive player.

Selecting a cornerback with that pick has the shortest odds at DraftKings (+225). Here are DraftKings odds for other positions the Jets could select with the 23rd pick:

  • Running back +350
  • Offensive lineman +400
  • Defensive lineman +500
  • Linebacker +600
  • Wide receiver +800

New season, same ‘ol Jets?

Whoever is under center for the Jets this season will be the 11th different starting QB since 2013.

The NY Jets will also have a new head coach in 2021. Robert Saleh is the team’s fourth HC in the last seven seasons.

It is going to be another tough year for New York. The Jets have not posted a winning record since 2015.

New Jersey sportsbooks have the Jets’ odds of winning Super Bowl 56 at +8000. For comparison purposes, the New York Giants are +6600 at DraftKings while the Philadelphia Eagles are +7000.

And the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, are +7000.

DraftKings Sportsbook listed the over/under for total NY Jets wins this year at 6.5. The over is +123 while the under is -150.

Even making the postseason is a long shot for New York. BetMGM has the odds of the Jets missing the 2021 NFL Playoffs listed at -650.

So will taking a gamble on another rookie QB help the Jets turn things around?  Based on the current odds, it seems New York Jets fans still have a long wait ahead.

AP/Rick Bowmer

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