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Columnist: Johnny Manziel just an NFL draft dream for Jets fans

Just a year after investing a high second-round draft pick in a quarterback, would the New York Jets be bold enough to invest an even higher pick in another?

New York Post columnist Steve Serby suggests they might be smart to do so, if the quarterback is none other than Johnny Football.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel certainly did nothing to hurt his projection as a first-round pick in Tuesday's thrilling 52-48 comeback win over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and there are plenty of teams drafting ahead of the Jets' pick at No. 18 that are in need of a quarterback. The club would figure to have to trade up to make Johnny a Jet, and Serby suggests a move to the No. 2 spot, which belongs to the St. Louis Rams, would come at too high a price. But if Manziel's name isn't called among the initial swell of teams needing a quarterback (Jaguars, Browns, Raiders), Serby suggests a Jets move to No. 7 for Manziel, ahead of quarterback-needy Minnesota, might be the right play.

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The Jets certainly did nothing to quell this sort of speculation this week, suggesting that Smith hasn't yet earned presumed-starter status in the offseason. He improved late in the season and showed he can also move the chains with his feet, finishing as the Jets' third-leading rusher. But ranking fourth in the NFL in interceptions (21) isn't a good sign for a quarterback who ranked just 19th in pass attempts (443).

Johnny Football in the Big Apple.

Who wants a bite?

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.


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