Latest On Jets, Sam Darnold

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’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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      • I Beg To Differ

        Not when the article first came out. They said he was #2 in the draft.

  1. Armaday

    Although Sam never got a fair shot and the Jets never built a team around him. They gave away a ton of picks to obtain him and when they did draft the couple of years to follow, focused on defensive help I the first rounds. (Becton the only exception). This coaching staff and brass may decide they want to start new with their second selection overall. They have a rare chance to select the QB that’s right for their new system and immediately give him help in the draft and free agency.

  2. MileHighFan

    The media will tell you there are 5 potential franchise quarterbacks in this draft. In reality there’s one, maybe two. The other three are fool’s gold. Lawrence is the lock and will be gone with the first pick, thus at best the Jets will be making another Darnold-like throw of the dice on anyone else.

  3. alproof

    First round: PLEASE draft Wilson and best-available OL, then WEAPONS. Wait to somewhat fix D in free agency, then draft D next year.

  4. gcg27

    They got a 2nd rounder this year and a third rounder that can become a second rounder next year… the above info on what they traded for him is wrong

    • myaccount

      Nope. BravesSteelersCle is right… it’s a 2021 3rd and a 2022 conditional 2nd that can turn into a 1st with 75% of snaps.

  5. BravesSteelersCle

    @gcg27. Sorry you are wrong. The trade was for a 2021 3rd rounder and a conditional 2nd round pick in 2022 that can turn into a 1st round pick. If Wentz play 75% of snaps or 70% and they make the p layoffs.

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