New York Jets Fly Up To Draft Bryce Petty

The New York Jets kicked off day 3 by moving up in the 4th round to draft Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Petty will come in and compete with second year quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets moved up because they knew the Cleveland Browns wanted Petty.

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had Petty has his third rated QB in the draft. Mayock also said Petty as a developmental quarterback. In 2014, Petty led the Baylor Bears to a Big 12 championship while throwing for 3,855 yards, 24 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. Petty set the Cotton Bowl record for passing yard, throwing for 550 yards against Michigan State. In 2013, Petty won Big 12 offensive player of the year and was a first-team all-Big 12. He passed for 4,200 yards, 32 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions while leading Baylor to a Big 12 championship.

At 6'3" and 230 lbs Petty has ideal size to play quarterback in the NFL. Petty has good stance, keeps ball at proper height on set up. His deep ball accuracy improved from 2013-2014. Some scouts were concerned with the fact he played in Baylor's one read system. He often made mistakes when forced to make multiple reads. When pressured he mostly runs instead of looking downfield. He will have to learn to read defenses and make his progressions.

The Jets have had issues with developing quarterbacks, but hopefully with this new coaching staff they will find a way to mentor Bryce Petty.