The New York Jets have selected QB Bryce Petty with the 4th pick of the 4th round (103rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Petty played his college ball at Baylor University. In one of the most prolific offenses in college football, During his four seasons at Baylor, Petty appeared in 37 games, starting 25 of them– all during his junior and senior seasons. Over those 37 games, Petty threw for 8,195 yards and 62 touchdowns, with a 62.7 completion percentage. He threw just 10 interceptions, and also rushed for 21 touchdowns as.
During the draft process, Petty was criticized for having played in an offense that Baylor that did not require him to make many pre-snap reads or run NFL-style plays. That’s why he slipped to the beginning of the fourth round, the fifth quarterback off the board.
The Jets are stuck in quarterback limbo at the moment. Geno Smith was last year’s starter, but his role is up for grabs with a new head coach (Todd Bowles) and general manager (Mike Maccagnan) at the helm. Ryan Fitzpatrick was brought in this offseason to compete for the job, and played under new Jets’ offensive coordinator Chan Gailey when Gailey was the head coach for the Buffalo Bills.
Petty is not considered to be in the mix to start in Week 1 of 2015. He is considered a developmental pick, with the potential to become the Jets’ quarterback of the future.
With their three remaining picks, the Jets will likely look to fill needs along their offensive line and at free safety.