Jets GM Joe Douglas reveals NFL Draft plan after trading Sam Darnold
But it’s essentially a foregone conclusion the Jets will take one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming draft.
Douglas was asked Tuesday whether New York will take a quarterback at No. 2, saying “I think that’s a fair assessment,” according to Albert Breer.
Jets GM Joe Douglas asked on a media Zoom call if he's taking a QB at 2: "I think that's a fair assessment."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 6, 2021
The question is mostly pointless. New York would not have dealt Darnold if it were thinking of drafting for another position.
The only question now becomes: who will the Jets take?
Most of the signs seem to point to New York selecting BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. The Cougars star dazzled in his Pro Day last weekend, with one NFL scout telling Dane Brugler of The Athletic Wilson had shown enough to be the clear No. 2 overall pick.
Text from an NFL scout who was at the BYU pro day:
"Draft starts at 3. Wilson going 2."
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) March 26, 2021
Wilson completed 73.5 percent of his pass attempts for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns against just three interceptions in 12 games at BYU this past season.
The numbers are stellar. But the arm talent and mobility are all the more enticing. Wilson made multiple outstanding downfield throws during his Pro Day, including this dime thrown across his body and moving to his left.
Meanwhile, Zach Wilson is launching bombs at his pro day. This throw across his body on the run.pic.twitter.com/wfcARGc8K9
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 26, 2021
Ohio State star Justin Fields also generated plenty of buzz with his own Pro Day showcase. Alabama signal-caller Mac Jones has been a pretty steady riser in the past few weeks.
Still, it would be a bit of a surprise were the Jets to take someone other than Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick.