Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have received “little interest” for the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The New York Jets have not received many calls in regards to a trade involving their No. 2 overall selection in this year’s NFL draft, an idea that opposes popular belief.
Reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport, it turns out that there just isn’t much interest from other teams to move up to the two-hole.
Draft tidbit: The #Jets have received few phone calls and very little interest for the No. 2 overall selection, source said. Perhaps everyone believes they’ll just stick and pick. But interesting compared to the bounty No. 3 brought the #Dolphins.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 7, 2021
This is in stark contrast to what happened with Jets’ AFC rival, the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins were able to trade their No. 3 overall selection in this year’s draft to the San Francisco 49ers for a swap of first-round picks, a third-round pick in 2022, and a first-round pick in both 2022 and 2023.
The Jets traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers Monday afternoon, but Rapoport’s report implies that the team received little to no offers even prior to that move. As suggested, this could be due to the now confirmed belief that the team was going to select a quarterback at No. 2 overall, regardless of what was going to happen with Darnold.
It makes sense, though. Most teams who are looking to trade up for a quarterback don’t have the first-round capital in this year’s draft to equip the Jets with the ability to select a quality quarterback in their own right.
Joe Douglas recently insinuated as much, implying that the main reason for trading Darnold to the Panthers was due to the belief that the team is able to secure a potential franchise quarterback—as well as the monetary benefit of having that quarterback on a rookie contract.
So despite the lack of general interest in trading with the New York Jets from other teams, it should have been expected. The plan by Joe Douglas remains intact.