Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay don't agree on everything -- that's for sure. But they have found common ground in regard to the New York Jets' pick in the upcoming draft:
Picking second, the New York Giants could ruin the quarterback flow by picking running back Saquon Barkley, which is certainly feasible. But let's play along with Mel and Todd, analyzing their mocks from a Jets perspective.
I believe the choice could be Baker Mayfield over Rosen in this scenario. Despite his size (a shade under 6 feet 1), lack of experience in a pro-style offense and minor character concerns, he's very much in play for the Jets, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Surprised? Yeah, I am, too, but he has impressed the Jets during the pre-draft process. He's the most accurate passer in the draft and a winner. He has the "it" factor, something the Jets haven't had in a young quarterback in a long time.
Frankly, I think he'd be a better choice than Rosen, whose own coach (Jim Mora) questioned his passion and commitment to football. You don't expect a prospect's college coach to be so brutally candid, but all Mora did was reinforce the perception that started to form when Rosen was a freshman at UCLA.
The concerns go beyond his dorm-room hot tub and his outspoken personality; that stuff got blown out of proportion. What raises questions among some scouts is whether he loves football and whether his teammates love him. One AFC scout told me Rosen reminds him of the character Bo Callahan in the movie "Draft Day." If you need a refresher, Google it.
As a passer, Rosen is the most polished of the top four quarterbacks. "Pro ready," is what the scouts say about him. He played 107 snaps from under center last season, the fifth most of any Power 5 quarterback. But here's the thing: The NFL isn't a 7-on-7 drill; there's more to playing quarterback than making pretty throws.
Rosen can't play off-script as well as Darnold, Allen and Mayfield; he's a pure pocket passer with limited mobility. He has durability questions (a shoulder injury in 2016 and two concussions in 2017). And, come to think of it, what's he ever won? He was 17-13 as a starter at UCLA. Can he lift a franchise?
The Jets must figure it out by April 26 because there's a good chance their decision will come down to Rosen or Mayfield.