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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Do Jets fall just out of range to draft a quarterback?

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New York could still be looking to fix their situation at quarterback, but will the right one be available?

Stephen Dunn

The Jets really outdid themselves in 2012 as far as "quarterback circuses" go. A continuous lack of trust in Mark Sanchez led to the trade for Tim Tebow, which prompted many to believe that eventually the prodigal son would take over should the Handsome One fail. Except that Sanchez did fail, and still Tebow was left on the bench. I don't know if that says more about Sanchez or Tebow, but it says a lot about the Jets QB situation:

It's bad.

There isn't much expectation that Greg McElroy is capable of taking over, so will New York stick with Sanchez, look to trade for a player like Matt Flynn, sign a player like Alex Smith in free agency, or could they opt for drafting a player? If they go for Flynn, well, new General Manager John Idzik did come from the Seahawks organization. It also does not seem likely that Rex Ryan is going to hang his hat on another rookie quarterback, but would he pass on the right one should players fall out of the top 10?

In the latest mock drafts from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler on CBS Sports, the Jets were projected to take either defensive end Barkevious Mingo out of LSU or Jarvis Jones of Georgia. What's interesting though is that these picks happen just after a couple of quarterbacks come off of the board.

Both analysts have Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson coming off of the board in the top eight, but disagree on the third quarterback that would go that high. For Rang, he still likes Matt Barkley (to the Cardinals) and Brugler prefers Mike Glennon (to the Bills) but neither project a QB to the Jets. However, once you get past the top nine picks, no team really looks like a viable landing spot for a quarterback. Would the Jets consider taking Barkley, Wilson, or Glennon if one of those players slips out of the top eight? Or Smith, for that matter -- a player that isn't a lock to go in the top eight either.

There's still plenty of time for debate, many rings left to jump through. A perfect case for the circus Jets, but will they make the right decision this time?