Second is quarterback JJ Mcarthy out of Michigan. McCarthy's early-round draft stock is underpinned by his tremendous physical attributes. His athleticism and capacity to create plays with his loose arm are superb; he can avoid pressure, flexibly move around, and produce plenty of torque.
While he is talented, there were also some common flaws of younger quarterbacks evident in his 2022 tape; he can lose his poise in the pocket, make snap decisions that lead to turnovers and could still refine his mechanics and mental approach. Despite this, he has displayed signs of progression and shows good mechanical accuracy, which are both made more impressive by his NFL-level tools.
Early in 2023, McCarthy has amazed with his layering ability and arm velocity, and he has also demonstrated excellent anticipation and defensive manipulation. As long as he keeps improving, McCarthy has the potential to be a first-round pick and a potential franchise QB.
McCarthy is everything Pickett is, plus all the things he's not. Drafting McCarthy at 16 allows them to trade the No.47 pick in round two and Pickett to move up to the top 5 of the second round. There will be two or three first-round guys that slip or top-tier defense tackles and EDGE rushers available at 33-37 overall.