BREAKING: Out of left field, New York Jets QB Sam Darnold has been traded to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft along with a second rounder and a fourth rounder next year. After months of rumors, it seemed as though Darnold was staying put as his value was reportedly dying down. Carolina went on to emerge as a late suitor for Darnold and got the trade down, bringing in a guy they hope to be their answer. Many questions now arise for both teams.
Jets Return for Darnold
The Jets return for Darnold seems hefty when you compare to what we were hearing just days ago. These three picks will add on to the already loaded slate of picks the Jets and GM Joe Douglas have in these next two drafts. The Jets now have double 1’s and double 2’s in the 2021 NFL Draft. Look for Douglas to continue filling holes in this young Jets team that needs reinforcements.
What Happens Now?
Now that Darnold has been moved, it is almost certain the Jets will take a QB at the No. 2 pick. Whether it is BYU QB Zach Wilson, Ohio State QB Justin Fields, or NDSU QB Trey Lance, a fresh beginning is coming to East Rutherford. The Jets seemed destined to take a QB in such a strong class, but the question is, which one? The frontrunner seems to be Wilson, the flashy young QB from BYU. But let’s not count out Justin Fields, as the show he put on at his pro day cannot go unnoticed. Anything seems to be an upgrade from Darnold, who has thrown 28 TDs and 24 INTs in his past two seasons. As draft day looms, more questions are sure to be acknowledged.
As for Darnold, he will be put into a perfect situation for him to succeed. The Panthers are committing to him, and he will be surrounded with weapons. Star RB Christian McCaffrey and WRs D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson will look to help Darnold get back on track. Furthermore, head coach Matt Rhule will certainly enhance his development and help the USC product grow.