NFL Draft 2013: Why the New York Jets Shouldn't Trade Up for WVU QB Geno Smith

Soven Bery@@realsovenberySenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks at the scoreboard after a safety against the Syracuse Orange in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are in a quarterback mess. 

Mark Sanchez, the presumed starter, is more well known for his “Buttfumble” than anything else. The front office wants Tim Tebow to leave. The only problem is that few if any NFL teams will accept him. 

David Garrard is 35 years old, but might as well be living in a senior citizens home. Greg McElroy has attempted just 31 passes in a three-year career with the Jets and proved he isn’t the future in a 27-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Dec. 23, 2013. 

Finally, Matt Simms, the last quarterback on the roster, is destined to be a career backup. 

Such flawed play from the game’s most important position has resulted in New York earning the ninth-overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft

However, the team should not trade up to land Geno Smith.The West Virginia signal-caller is widely considered the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.

Therefore, it would be logical to think that the quarterback-starved Oakland Raiders (No. 3), Arizona Cardinals (No. 7) or Buffalo Bills (No. 8) would select him. Even the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2) or Cleveland Browns (No. 6) could pull a shocker and nab the Mountaineer. 

This, combined with the fact that the Jets spent private time with Smith at West Virginia's March 14 pro day and "came away very impressed,” could lead one to believe that new GM John Idzik would like to trade up and grab the electric quarterback. 

After all, head coach Rex Ryan did promise that "Mark Sanchez will see competition from Day 1,” adding that there is “no clear-cut favorite" to start next season. 

He even admitted that the quarterback play has to be improved, reaffirming what many Jets fans were thinking all season long. 

Nonetheless, the Jets would have to put together an extensive trade package to move up. It would require that some big-name players be moved. And with countless other roster needs, it might be too strong a blow for Gang Green.

Rolling the dice on Smith, a player who doesn’t come with guaranteed success, is obviously a risky move. It is one the Jets shouldn’t make. They already have an average quarterback. Giving up vital pieces to add another one would be a mistake.

If the NFL gods pity the Jets and Smith falls to them, they should nab him. He looked great on his pro day and at the NFL combine.

But, putting all the eggs in one basket and moving up to select him would be asking for something bad to happen. This is a team that already has plenty of other holes and should use a first-round pick to plug those first. The Jets shouldn’t trade up and create an even greater crisis at other positions. 

New York would be better served looking around for one of the league’s better backups or grabbing a hidden gem in the second or third round. 

If they do trade up, it could work out, but it also couldn’t. The latter scenario is more likely and would leave Gang Green in a shocking state of emergency. The Jets have to play it safe here. 

It is clear that Ryan and company have a quarterback issue. 

It is unclear where the new signal-caller will come from. 

One thing is certain, though. The Jets can't afford to trade up in the draft to select Geno Smith.