The revolving door that has been the New York Jets starting quarterback position has played out like a horror story over the past year. After bringing Tim Tebow to the Big Apple circus to provide competition for incumbent starter Mark Sanchez; the end result was seaspn-long futility and frustration. Both quarterbacks struggled to spark a stagnant offense; forcing Rex Ryan to start third-stringer Greg McElroy towards the latter stages of the regular season. Now, with the NFL draft on the horizon, Gang Green is flirting with the notion of taking Florida Atlantic standout Graham Wilbert to throw into the quarterback mix.
Although not a household name like Geno Smith, Wilbert excelled in his short tenure as the starter for the Florida Atlantic squad. During his junior year he competed with sophomore David Kooi for the right to lead the offensive huddle. Wilbert emerged as the team's starter for his 2011 season during which he complete 154 of his 294 passes for a total of 1,459 yards. His most prolific passing game came against Louisiana as Wilbert threw for a season-high 219 yards and three touchdowns.
The 2012 season saw Wilbert build on his success as a junior starter. Despite the Owls only winning three games this past season, Wilbert enjoyed a personal bests in virtually every statistical category. Wilbert rounded out the year with 64.4% completion percentage not to mention 2,814 yards to go along with 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Given Wilbert's success at the collegiate level, he is quickly climhing up team draft boards as a viable late round pick.
"I think I knew coming out of the season that I was going to have a pretty good chance," Wilbert said of his potential to make the pro ranks. "You only need one team to like you...I just think that my game fits well with the NFL style."
The Florida Atlantic University quarterback vastly improved his draft stock at his school's pro day. His arm strength impressed scouts when and he finished his 40-yard dash in under five seconds. While Wilbert could wind up going undrafted, his backup plan is to pursue a career in chiropractic work.
"I mean, who doesn't want to play professional sports?" Wilbert joked. "You have to give it a shot and take it as far as it goes."