NFL draft history: Every quarterback ever drafted No. 2 overall

NFL draft history: Every quarterback ever drafted No. 2 overall

After missing out on the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, the Jets still appear in line to take a quarterback at No. 2.

In the history of the NFL draft, 19 quarterbacks have been taken second overall. If the Jets were to select a quarterback at No. 2, that player would become the 20th QB to be selected with the second pick in the draft.

Whether that’s Zach Wilson, Justin Fields or a complete surprise pick remains to be seen. It seems to be a forgone conclusion that Wilson will land in New York, but there’s still over three weeks before that decision has to be made.

As the Jets weigh their options, here’s a look at every quarterback that’s been drafted second overall.

Add Dan Feeney to the list of free agents who signed with the Jets this offseason to play for Robert Saleh.

Feeney signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million after spending the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Chargers. While deciding where to sign in free agency, Feeney had a great phone conversation with Saleh and knew right away that New York was where he wanted to be.

“When we were talking on the phone, it seemed like everything was going to click here with the new coaching staff and the guys they got here,” Feeney said, per the Jets’ team website. “It seemed like the right decision.”

While with the Chargers, Feeney noticed what Saleh was doing as the 49ers defensive coordinator. From afar, Feeney said Saleh’s relationship with his players was what stood out about him.

“I just knew he was kind of a player’s coach and always for the guys,” Feeney said. “Having that culture that they had in San Fran, all the guys loved playing for him it seemed like. They loved how he was developing the team and engaged with players. It seemed like a great atmosphere and great working environment.”

Feeney is now the fourth new Jet to cite Saleh as a reason for signing with New York. Carl Lawson, Corey Davis and Sheldon Rankins all said Saleh played a pivotal role.

Despite Feeney’s high praise of Saleh, the Jets’ head man isn’t just going to hand him a starting job on the offensive line. Feeney is viewed more as a depth piece for the Jets. He started in every game for the Chargers over the past three seasons but struggled mightily.

Feeney allowed the most hurries (24) and pressures (33) of any center in the league last season. He allowed the most pressures among guards in 2018 and the third-most in 2019.

We’ll see if Feeney can perform better in Mike LaFleur’s outside-zone scheme, which is what he was more accustomed to in college at Indiana.

Dwight Ritchie

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