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Picking sixth (again), Jets could be left out of quarterback action

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets' 2018 draft position is all too familiar.

The good news is that pick No. 6 has been kind to them with Leonard Williams (2015) and Jamal Adams (2017). The bad news is it leaves them too far from the anticipated quarterback action.

Considering the supply and demand for quarterbacks, it wouldn't shock anyone if three quarterbacks are chosen with the top four picks -- presumably, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold (if he declares) and Josh Allen. Baker Mayfield's projection is less certain. At this point, he's not regarded as a top-10 pick.

Three of the four teams ahead of the Jets need a quarterback -- the Cleveland Browns (No. 1 and No. 4 picks), New York Giants (No. 2) and Denver Broncos (No. 5).

The only team not in the quarterback market is the Indianapolis Colts (No. 3), assuming Andrew Luck's surgically repaired shoulder is OK. If it is, the Colts will be in an enviable situation. They will be in the power position, with quarterback-needy teams trying to trade with them.

If the Jets want to move up three spots, they'd almost certainly have to include their 2019 first-round pick.

Bottom line, Jets fans: Your team was bad in 2017, but not bad enough to be sitting in prime position for a quarterback.

If they miss out on a quarterback, the Jets should be able to land one of these players, the highest-rated non-quarterbacks from Scouts, Inc.:

RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State

S Derwin James, Florida State

DE Arden Key, LSU