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2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets won't rule out taking a quarterback in first round

2014 NFL Draft: New York Jets won't rule out taking a quarterback in first roundGeno Smith, right, may have more than Michael Vick as competition this year. (Damian Strohmeyer/SI)

The New York Jets are seemingly on an endless search for a franchise quarterback.

Things didn't work out with Mark Sanchez, so the team drafted Geno Smith last year. After Smith's rough rookie campaign, New York opted to bring in veteran signal caller Michael Vick to challenge the young arm during the upcoming season. But apparently the Jets may not be done as general manager John Idzik won't rule out the idea of drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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"We remain open-minded," Idzik said during a predraft news conference. "We're going to evaluate each pick and the players that are available to us at that pick, and we'll pick who we think is the best player."

If the idea of drafting a quarterback seems a little silly, do remember it was the Jets who shocked many by drafting Smith last year with the 39th pick despite having Sanchez on the roster.

Granted, the team does have Vick in the wings now, but the veteran certainly wouldn't be the reason to stop the Jets from drafting a signal caller if they are so inclined. They've certainly spent a hefty amount of time reviewing the potential candidates.

"We spend as much time with them as we do any position," said senior director of college scouting Terry Bradway, who joined Idzik and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer. "We've seen them all. We've got them ranked, and feel good about where we have them on our board."

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