New York holds the sixth pick in the 2017 draft, and could conceivably target Watson at that point, but they’ve also been linked to other quarterbacks this offseason. The Jets are reportedly high on North Carolina signal-caller Mitch Trubisky, who, like Watson, is a projected Day 1 pick. Meanwhile, general manager Mike Maccagnan & Co. also have interest in pending Buccaneers free agent Mike Glennon, whom the Jets attempted to acquire two years ago.
Watson, 21, has been linked to a number of clubs so far this offseason, and both the Browns and Cardinals reportedly have interest in the Clemson product. Cleveland could take a look at Watson with the first overall pick, but could also target him at pick No. 12, while Arizona currently sits at pick No. 13 and could be in the market for a quarterback if Carson Palmer retires.
The Jets have two quarterbacks under contract for the 2017 season, but the club has concerns about the viability of both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, each of whom were selected in the top four rounds of recent drafts. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be a free agent, but New York will incur $5MM in dead cap space due to a 2017 voidable year in his contract.