The Jets may have a new quarterback, but don’t expect him to be on the field in a regular-season game right away.
The Jets selected former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty in the fourth round of the NFL draft with the 103rd overall pick on Saturday. The Jets traded up one spot with the Jaguars, surrendering the seventh-round pick they acquired from Houston on Friday in the process.
Petty was in the second-tier of this year’s QB draft class, and will probably be a developmental project behind Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart.
“He’s got a lot to learn,” Todd Bowles said of Petty. “We’re not looking for him to be a starter right now.”
Petty completed over 63% of his passes for 3,855 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, he did it in the very unconventional spread Baylor offense, which operates at an very high tempo and with the quarterback in shotgun.
“What I was asked to do in college, it’s different but it’s not because I couldn’t do a pro-style offense…that’s just what I was told to do so I did it,” Petty said. “And I did it to the best of my ability.”
Maccagnan said that the quarterback fell to a point in the draft where he was worth the risk.
“There’s going to be a learning curve with him, and we’re very aware of that,” he said. “But we think in time, between the character and the physical attributes, we think he’s a guy that we’re very excited about.”
While Petty won’t find anything like the Baylor offense in the NFL, at least the Jets will run a spread offense under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
“When I came up on my visit, we did a mini install and it was actually a lot of the same dynamics or schemes that we had at Baylor that he was showing me on tape,” Petty said.
There was talk of Petty possibly being a second-round pick heading into the draft, with his name even being mentioned as a late-first rounder on draft day.
“That was the longest 48 hours I’ve ever had in my life,” Petty said.
“My job is to prove the other 31 teams what they’re missing out on,” he added. “I’m so excited to be a Jet right now.”
“We know from our standpoint he has very good physical attributes for the position, he has size, he has stature, he’s an athletic kid, he has very good arm strength,” Maccagnan said. “He can physically make all the throws you want him to make.”
The GM added that they were impressed by Petty’s intelligence, as well.
Bowles reiterated that in the upcoming starting quarterback competition Smith would get the first-team reps and Fitzpatrick would work with the second team.
The Jets traded up one pick because the Browns were also trying to trade up for Petty, according to NFL.com.
The Jets selected Texas A&M guard Jarvis Harrison in the fifth round and Northwestern State DT Deon Simon in the seventh round.
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