When the New York Jets got their first win of the season late in the year against the Los Angeles Rams, everyone in New York, and their mother, immediately criticized the franchise. It’s a strange world we live in when something like that happens after a victory, but in this instance, it made sense.
The Jets were slotted to receive the number one overall pick in the draft this year, which will undoubtedly turn into Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Instead, they not only forfeited their draft position to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they went on to win a second game, thus cementing the Jags atop the draft board.
Could the second-overall pick truly be available for teams like the Chicago Bears?
This past week, a potential bombshell of a report came via Adam Schefter. The lead NFL insider for ESPN told the football world he would be “shocked” to see anyone other than Darnold as the Jets’ starter in 2021.
Now, that could be taken one of two ways. Maybe they decided to draft Justin Fields or Zach Wilson with that second overall pick and allow Darnold to be the bridge, before ultimately letting him go in the future.
The most likely scenario, though, is that the Jets trade the pick — and that’s exactly what one other NFL insider believes will happen.
If New York enters draft season with the mentality they’ll trade the second overall pick, one would assume that Ryan Pace has to get involved. A phone call or two wouldn’t hurt for a guy who is fighting for his future in Chicago, right?
The outcome of those discussions, though, could end up being one of a few huge trade hauls for the Jets.