In a draft class wealthy at the place, Wilson stood out in his stellar junior 12 months, when he threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 12 video games. He additionally ran for 254 yards and 10 touchdowns. After comparatively pedestrian freshman and sophomore seasons, Wilson completed eighth — fifth amongst quarterbacks — in the voting for this 12 months’s Heisman Trophy. Wilson, at 6-foot-2 and 214 kilos, hopes to construct on that momentum with the Jets and show that his junior 12 months was no fluke.
“These guys need a good quarterback, a good leader, and I think I got those qualities,” Wilson stated after he was chosen. “I can’t wait to go in there.”
It was the second-highest the staff had drafted a quarterback, behind the collection of Joe Namath, who was taken first over all in the 1965 A.F.L. draft. The Jets’ incapability to discover a franchise quarterback able to main them again to the Super Bowl has outlined them ever since.
The staff has usually used first-round picks to attempt to fill the place, because it did with Richard Todd in 1976, Ken O’Brien in 1983, Chad Pennington in 2000 and Mark Sanchez in 2009. Most just lately, Sam Darnold was chosen with the third total choose in 2018, however his tenure with the staff ended along with his being traded to the Panthers this spring after compiling a 13-25 document over three seasons.
The desperation to draft a star quarterback has accelerated lately. Wilson is the sixth quarterback the Jets have chosen in the first two rounds of the draft since 2006, in accordance to Pro Football Reference. (Denver, Cleveland and Miami took 5 every heading into this 12 months.)
Like Darnold, Wilson arrives with excessive expectations and a whole lot of work forward to revive a franchise that went 2-14 final season and hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season, the longest postseason drought in the league.
Robert Saleh, the staff’s new head coach, stated final week that he had no qualms about beginning Wilson immediately.
“I don’t think there’s risk,” Saleh told NFL Media. “I’m very comfortable with every decision that’s made, and it’s our job to put him in the best position to be successful.”
Ahead of the draft, Wilson reportedly spoke with Pennington, Sanchez and Josh McCown, a veteran quarterback who performed components of two seasons with the Jets, to get a really feel for what it’s like to play in the nation’s greatest media market and in entrance of victory-starved followers.
Wilson joins a Jets staff in full transition. Saleh, a first-time head coach, spent 4 years as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers earlier than the Jets employed him this low season. Last 12 months’s Jets had the worst offense in the N.F.L. and the second worst passing sport, which General Manager Joe Douglas has tried to enhance by signing receivers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, in addition to operating again Tevin Coleman.