After a long night in the 1st round, Geno Smith finally was selected by the New York Jets in the early 2nd round of the Draft Friday night.
After this pick, the Jets now have a QB controversy on their hands, between defending QB Mark Sanchez, offseason signee David Garrard, and of course, Geno Smith.
A Jet or not, we all know Tim Tebow won't get a shot at winning the quarterback job, so he's not apart of this controversy.
Let's take a look at all three quarterbacks who will be fighting for the starting position.
Sanchez had a great start to his career, leading the Jets to two straight AFC Championships, only to fall just short of the Big Dance. Sanchez and the Jets were in great shape at that time, but for some odd reason, they just haven't been the same.
You could say Sanchez's failure the past couple seasons was from bad protection, bad coaching, or lack of weapons, but either way, he's not getting the job done.
With protection and some receiver help, I believe Sanchez could be the quarterback he was those two AFC Championship seasons, but it doesn't look like Ryan wants to give Mark the help he needs, so I say Sanchez doesn't win the starting job for 2013.
Geno Smith came out of the University of West Virginia with a lot of potential. Great accuracy, ability to move in the pocket, just a lot of raw talent. Smith isn't necessarily a franchise guy; not someone who can come and save the Jets right away.
He definitely needs some work, but he could be a starter in a few years. Right now, I don't think he's ready. Young rookies like Geno would have trouble playing through the distractions the Jets bring anyway, so it's for the best.
Ah, David Garrard. The man who was mysteriously cut by the Jaguars, (sending them in a downward spiral) only to bring the Dolphins to signing the 6'1", 236-pound QB. Garrard was set as the start coming into the season, but had to get a knee surgery just as the preseason was approaching.
Garrard was cut, and rookie Ryan Tannehill took over as the starter. Garrard was surprisingly not picked up during the season, but then came the Jets. NY signed Garrard in the earlier stages of the offseason, which was probably one of the better decisions made in the Rex Ryan era.
Garrard is a solid QB, with a big arm and impressive running skills. With open field, Garrard can really tear up a defense with his legs, which might be needed with the Jets' weak offensive line. As long as Garrard stays healthy, I believe he will win the starting spot, and should keep it throughout the season. If he battles injuries, I don't doubt Sanchez getting another shot.
I say the depth chart at the quarterback position will go Garrard, Sanchez, Smith at the beginning of the season, but like I said, Sanchez may take over if Garrard can't stay healthy. No matter who gets hurt, I see Smith staying 3rd-string unless something extreme happens.
He's just too young to have to worry about all the Jets problems, and really isn't ready as a player anyway. So for right now, I see Garrard winning the starting QB spot over the summer, and starting opening day vs. the Bucs, against former Jet Darrelle Revis.