What Jets’ 2021 NFL draft may appear like, with and with out Sam Darnold – New York Jets Weblog

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What Jets' 2021 NFL draft might look like, with and without Sam Darnold - New York Jets Blog

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – A look at what’s happening around the New York Jets:

1. QB options: With Carson Wentz heading for the Indianapolis Colts in the final blockbuster quarterback deal, the limelight shifts to the Jets and Sam Darnold. Will you join the carousel by trading Darnold or will you give him another chance?

The clock is ticking. If the Jets don’t make a decision by the NFL Free Agency launch (March 17th), they risk losing Darnold’s market. It’s a tough call because it’s not easy Darnold to draw a number 2 overall pick quarterback. Another consideration is the amount of draft capital they would receive in various scenarios related to trading / holding Darnold.

Let’s have fun and project how the design might play out in each situation (not necessarily in order of probability):

Choose Prospect, pos., School
2 Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
19th (from WFT via SEA)
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
34 Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
51 (from WFT)
Usage Bateman, WR, Minnesota
66 Wyatt Davis, G, State of Ohio
87 Michael Carter, RB, UNC

Scenario 1: trade with Darnold, draft a quarterback. In public, the Jets have not committed to Darnold. At face value, it means they are looking for an upgrade – as they should. If they trade their one-off future quarterback, it means they will be sold to a quarterback in draft. Our guess is that it’s BYU’s Zach Wilson, assuming Trevor Lawrence goes # 1 on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

There are some who believe the Jets could get more for Darnold than what the Philadelphia Eagles got for Wentz – a third round in 2021 and a conditional second round in 2022, which can become a first round depending on the season. Wentz was an MVP candidate in 2017, but he also has baggage – a large contract, an injury history and questions about his trainability. A league source said: “Darnold is cheap. He has two years left [on his contract, including the fifth-year option]. Great kid, poor team. “

In our projection, the Jets are exchanging Darnold for the Washington Football Team for an exchange of picks for the first round (No. 19 and 23), a picks for the second round in 2021 (No. 51) and a third-place winner for 2022. The only restriction is Deshaun Watson. If the Houston Texans decide to swap stars, the jets must be ready to spin quickly. With Watson out of the equation, the jets can run away with these tips and perspectives (see table in Scenario 1).

Choose Prospect, pos., School
2 Yes’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
23 (from SEA)
Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
34 Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
66 Wyatt Davis, G, State of Ohio
87 Michael Carter, RB, UNC

Scenario 2: Have Darnold, the best player available, available. The Jets have reportedly made trade inquiries about Darnold from a handful of teams.

A source on one of these teams felt that Darnold was not being treated. In this case, the jets can build around it with their design capital. If they opt for the status quo – risky considering that Darnold is not exactly thrilled – their potential reach could be as follows (see graphic in scenario 2):

Scenario 3: keep Darnold, act below. The Jets could kill if a quarterback-needy team wanted to swap picks among them.

The Atlanta Falcons (No. 4), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 6), and Carolina Panthers (No. 8) are the most likely contenders. It’s a pretty steep drop, but let’s plan a deal with the Panthers, who seem particularly keen on a new quarterback. In our scenario, the Jets would get the Panthers second round (# 39) and a first round in 2022, which would give them three first rounds in 2022.

Choose Prospect, pos., School
8th (from CAR)
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
23 (from SEA)
Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
34 Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
39 (from CAR)
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
66 Wyatt Davis, G, State of Ohio
87 Michael Carter, RB, UNC

Even if the Jets have reservations about Darnold, their feelings might be soothed by the size of the train. If they had to design its replacement in 2022, they would have these top three to make it happen. This is called quarterback insurance.

In the meantime, they were able to draw six players in the first three rounds (see table scenario 3):

2nd Maye day? If the Jets are serious about keeping Marcus Maye safe, it makes sense to use Franchise Tag if the two sides can’t strike a new deal. The day amounts are not set until the salary cap is set, but the forecast for the security position is $ 11.2 million, according to Over The Cap. That’s not an outrageous number considering it is likely to exceed that amount of guaranteed money on a long-term contract.

The Franchise Day window is February 23 through March 9.

3. Return of the boss: Jets Chairman and CEO Woody Johnson visited the team facility on Wednesday, his first trip to One Jets Drive since returning from his embassy in the UK. He took the time to stop by each department and meet with trainers, employees, business people, etc. There has been a lot of sales since he last took office in June 2017. Then he passed the baton to younger brother Christopher Johnson, who joined him on Wednesday while spontaneously strolling through the building.

Woody hasn’t spoken publicly since resuming his role, but he tweeted:

Nice to be here again. pic.twitter.com/JRG7sMQ9RQ

– Woody Johnson (@ woodyjohnson4) February 17, 2021

4. Mosley in the house: Linebacker CJ Mosley, who retired from the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, stopped by the facility a few days ago. (He posted a picture on his Instagram story.) Mosley’s been gone for so long people might wonder if the Jets are contracted to him for 2021. The answer is yes.

They can’t cut him because they’d be hit on a “dead” charge of $ 20 million, and they can’t trade him because he still owes $ 14 million in guarantees for the next two seasons. Mosley, who turns 29 in June, hasn’t played a full game since 2018. He is currently the middle linebacker in coach Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense.

5. Big Ben versus small donors: How’s that for a mind-boggling comparison of salary caps?

The cap on the entire defense of the Jets is $ 46.6 million, according to Over The Cap. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ fee for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is $ 41.3 million.

In fact, the Jets will fall under Big Ben’s number if they release defender Henry Anderson ($ 8.2 million savings). Roethlisberger also seems to be on thin ice.

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Ryan Clark explains why he saw the Jets design Zach Wilson with the number 2 when he compares the BYU QB to Patrick Mahomes.

6. Captain Wilson: In a recent tweet, I said Wilson wasn’t a BYU captain last season. He was. Allow me to explain.

The tweet is based on a September 4 BYU press release announcing eight captains (chosen by the players) for the 2020 season. Wilson wasn’t among the eight. Shortly thereafter, he was named captain and served in that role for the remainder of the season. (There was no announcement, but he was wearing the “C” on his jersey.)

According to a BYU official, he replaced Matt Bushman, an elected captain who sustained an end-of-season injury prior to the first game. So yes, I deserve a penalty. No, I’m not going to report the number of people who showed up at his last birthday party.

7. Hogan relaxes: Former Jets wide receiver Chris Hogan, 33, who announced he was joining the Premier Lacrosse League last week, is not giving up his NFL career, according to business partners Tom Ottaiano and Joe Sanfilippo. Currently, Hogan is focused on pro lacrosse. He’s been talking about this move for 10 years, said Ottaiano, a close friend who played soccer with Hogan at Monmouth University and who had an unsuccessful test with the Jets in 2011. It should be fun to see Hogan, a former lacrosse star at Penn State, make the transition.

“Not many people can say that they are professional two-sport athletes,” said Ottaiano. “It’s a short list.”