The Jets are planning to complete their evaluations of the top quarterbacks in the draft before making any decisions on Sam Darnold, according to sources who spoke with NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (Twitter link). That process includes Pro Days and interviews, which means that Darnold won’t be shipped out anytime soon.
Rapoport hears that the Jets have received real interest in Darnold, so there is a market for the former USC standout. From here, the Jets have lots of options. They could trade Darnold and draft their next QB at No. 2 overall. Or, they could keep him and take the best player available at No. 2, regardless of position. The Jets could also stick with Darnold and trade down from No. 2 with a team targeting a signal caller.
In the Carson Wentz deal, the Eagles scored a second-rounder that can turn into a first-rounder, plus a third-round pick. It’s been said that Darnold could be had for little more than a Round 2 choice, though there’s reason to believe that the Jets could top the Eagles’ haul. After all, Darnold is younger, and still has time remaining on his lower-cost rookie deal.
Darnold hasn’t impressed as a pro, but he also hasn’t been the best of opportunities. The former No. 3 overall choice completed just 59.6% of his throws for 2,208 yards and nine touchdowns against eleven interceptions last year.
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