A day after shipping Sam Darnold off to Carolina, Jets general manager Joe Douglas explained the move and hinted at what is ahead.
Without coming out and saying it, he did not throw any cold water on the idea that the Jets are committed to taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on April 29. Asked if it is fair to say the Jets are locked in on taking a quarterback after moving Darnold on Monday, Douglas did not disagree.
“I think that’s a fair assessment to say,” Douglas said. “I think based on the decision we made [Monday] you can kind of see the direction we’re heading.”
The Jets received three picks from the Panthers – a sixth-round pick this year, a second-round pick next year and a fourth-round pick next year – in return for the 23-year-old Darnold.
Douglas praised Darnold’s toughness and work ethic and said the Jets would not be making this move if they were not drafting this high.
“I think it’s safe to say that if our pick was a little later, we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now,” Douglas said. “We’d fully be comfortable right now moving forward with…