Trade 1: The Chicago Bears trade a haul of picks
The first scenario is pretty simple, as the Jets know they will be awarding the no. 2 selection to the highest bidder. What will they be looking for in return? The assumption is, first and foremost, as much draft capital as they can possibly get.
If Darnold is going to be the guy they invest in building around, draft capital is a necessity. Building a top-tier offensive line and adding a featured running back should be a big priority, but they could also use a playmaker at tight end as well. Heck, their receiving core is even a question mark. They could use a true, number one guy there as well.
With this first package from Chicago, the Jets will be able to accomplish all of those goals, combined with their own picks. Having two first-rounders in every draft for the next three years, New York should certainly have enough capital to find themselves a long-term stud at many positions surrounding Darnold.
For the Bears, they’re sacrificing two draft picks in this year’s draft when they’re already without a fourth-rounder
. Having that no. 2 overall pick, a second-round pick and then no picks until the fifth round will be a tough pill to swallow. But, the idea here is that Chicago can get a quality offensive tackle in the second round and then go for the best player available from there on out.