New York Jets fans are dreaming of the No. 1 overall pick. Many are also salivating over the opportunity to have “the best prospect since Andrew Luck.”
Here’s the question: Is Trevor Lawrence really the answer, or is there another way to potentially build toward a Super Bowl championship?
Let’s examine one way the New York Jets may be able to build toward a title run if they land the No. 1 pick.
Sign Dak Prescott
This is a long-shot, but Dak Prescott likely won’t receive the franchise tag again from Dallas. If he hits the open market, the Jets should absolutely try and convince him to play in green.
Some say the best way to win is to draft a quarterback and build around him while he’s under his rookie deal. What if the Jets signed a big-deal, free-agent quarterback while players are still cheap around him?
Prescott would actually be better-suited for an offense similar to the Baltimore Ravens. That offense regularly features tight ends, along with potential deep shots to speedsters like “Hollywood” Brown. With Jeff Smith emerging this season as a deep threat, and a potential burner in the draft, it might behoove Gang Green to sign Prescott.
There’s also another reason…
Draft Penei Sewell No. 1 overall and Trey Smith with Seattle’s pick
The last time a team paired a veteran quarterback with a young stud at offensive tackle, they won the Super Bowl. That team was the 1999 St. Louis Rams.
The Jets would be in a better situation than just having Orlando Pace. They would have bookend tackles on rookie contracts with a veteran quarterback. Add Trey Smith into the mix — along with a serviceable right guard — and the Jets have a quality offensive line that Prescott can feel comfortable playing behind.
Draft Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave at the top of the second round
Prescott is averaging 8.0 air yards per completion so far in 2020. He also has nine designed quarterback runs. He’s athletic enough and has a strong enough arm to keep defenses honest. The combination of Smith, Chris Olave, Chris Herndon, and Ryan Griffin, and Prescott’s ability to run with the football, will force defenses to stay honest in coverage. That will open up the middle and the deep shots.
Draft Ohio State running back Master Teague with Seattle’s second-round pick
When you watch Teague’s runs at Ohio State, many of them are a result of great OL scheme. He also has a decent combination of burst and power. However, when an offense focuses on medium/deep shots, it opens up the running game, because the defense has to be aware of the passes to the tight end and the deep ball.
That would keep the box open and allow the Jets to keep numbers in their favor. A running back like Teague in that offense could help them stay ahead of the chains and keep the drives going.
Some would say the Jets would be foolish not to take Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall. However, there are several ways to win a championship, and this is just one alternate option.