ESPN’s NFL insider offered further evidence that the New York Jets have a concrete plan for the post-Sam Darnold era.
Long penciled in as the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Zach Wilson could probably have his name written in pen at the current rate of activity from the choice’s holders, the New York Jets.
— Jet Up Nation (@jetupnationcrew) April 6, 2021
In the aftermath of the Sam Darnold trade, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is more or less convinced that the BYU prospect is headed east. Schefter revealed in an appearance on the morning program Get Up! that he texted Wilson “Welcome to New York” after the Sam Darnold trade was commenced. New York dealt franchise quarterback Darnold to Carolina for three draft picks on Monday.
“I sent him a text yesterday. I said ‘welcome to New York, Zach, officially’,” Schefter told host Mike Greenberg, who asked if there was any question someone other than Wilson was coming to New York. “That’s about as far as I can go right now, that Zach Wilson would seem to be the obvious choice at No. 2.”
“It looks like he is headed to the Jets. You don’t trade Sam Darnold and make that move without knowing that you’re going to take a quarterback at two. So let’s play it out: Trevor Lawrence is going (first) to Jacksonville. The Jets are on the clock, and they’re going to take Zach Wilson from Brigham Young.”
The Jets have made their interest in Wilson quite apparent, even before they dealt Darnold to the Panthers. Their leadership triumvirate of general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur went to his pro day in Provo and national mock drafts continue to position him in the second overall choice behind Lawrence of Clemson. With Schefter’s fateful text, the idea of Wilson donning green appears more certain than ever.
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