By Bryan Rose
May 06, 2014

2014 NFL draft: New York Jets keeping in contact with first-round quarterbacks New York Jets general manager John Idzik is keeping his options open with the No. 18 overall pick in the draft. (Julio Cortez/AP)

New York Jets general manager John Idzik said last week that he was "open-minded" to drafting a quarterback in the first round, a sentiment that appears to have gained some traction after reports indicated the team has remained in contact with potential first-round quarterbacks.

The Jets, who currently own the 18th overall pick, have been rumored to be interested in trading up, though those rumors had initially connected the Jets with interest in drafting a playmaking wide receiver.

If they remain in the middle of the first round, could drafting a quarterback be a legitimate option?

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The Jets are likely to select a quarterback at some point during this week's draft -- it's just a matter of when. Drafting one in the first round would fly in the face of the team's desire to improve some of its more pressing needs at tight end, cornerback or wide receiver.

Still, if the right quarterback falls and is available, it sounds as if the Jets may strongly consider ditching those plans and shocking the Radio City Music Hall crowd.

The Jets have worked out many of the quarterbacks expected to be drafted in the later rounds, including Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, Pittsburgh's Tom Savage, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and LSU's Zach Mettenberger.

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