For the majority of the offseason, the New York Jets have been a group of significant intrigue when it got here to the 2021 NFL Draft. The membership is positioned with the No. 2 general choose, which places them in a primary place to pick one of many prime quarterback prospects on this yr’s class. Nevertheless, there was a situation on the market for New York to not use that chance to take a signal-caller and decide to maintain rolling with former No. 3 general choose Sam Darnold. Nicely, that avenue was slammed shut on Monday after the Jets pulled off a commerce that has since despatched Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in change for picks. Now, it looks as if the membership is full steam forward towards hitting the reset button on the place and taking a younger quarterback with their prime choice.
“I believe that is a good evaluation to say,” Jets GM Joe Douglas instructed reporters Tuesday when immediately requested if the membership was going quarterback at No. 2. “I believe primarily based on the choice we made yesterday, you possibly can type of see the course we’re heading.”
The particular course the Jets appear to be heading in is BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who’s broadly checked out because the presumptive No. 2 choose within the draft. Douglas, new head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur have been all lately in Utah to soak up Wilson’s Professional Day, the place the younger quarterback did impress. Whereas Trevor Lawrence is checked out because the 1A prospect on this class, Wilson shouldn’t be that far behind and evaluators seem to have him a tier above his different classmates like Alabama’s Mac Jones, Justin Fields out of Ohio State and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
All indicators have lengthy pointed to Wilson being the choose, however Douglas did observe that there have been discussions about presumably preserving Darnold and nonetheless bringing in a younger quarterback with that prime choice. Upon additional contemplation, having Darnold immediately competing in opposition to whomever they picked, Douglas mentioned, “wouldn’t be one of the best determination for the group,” that was in a position to accumulate extra belongings for his or her rebuild by buying and selling him away. Nevertheless, he added that “it is protected to say if our choose was a bit bit later we would not be having this dialogue proper now,” signaling that they could have simply moved forward with Darnold in the event that they weren’t within the vary they’re presently in.
In the long run, Darnold and the Jets appear to be sitting fairly with the occasions on Monday. New York positive factors a clearer path in the direction of choosing a quarterback (doubtless Wilson) on the 2021 draft and may solely concentrate on constructing round him whereas Darnold will get a clear slate in Carolina the place he can look to stay as much as his first-round potential because the presumptive starter for the Panthers.