New York Jets should not take a QB with No. 2 pick in 2021 NFL Draft

Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Sam Darnold, New York Jets
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (Photo by Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) /

Despite starting the season 0-13, the New York Jets managed to only get the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft after winning two of their last three games. Now that all-time quarterback prospect Trevor Lawerence is out of reach for New York, the team must decide if it is worth it to move off of Sam Darnold for another quarterback in this year’s class.

Darnold was taken third overall by the Jets in 2018 after they traded up three spots to make him their franchise quarterback. Since being named the starter in Week 1 of his rookie season, Darnold is 13-25 as a starter, has thrown for 8,097 yards, and has a 45-39 touchdown to interception ratio. Since Darnold has taken over, the Jets have not been great and now are on their third head coach in that time.

General manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh must decide in the upcoming months whether they feel Darnold can be the future of the team or if they should move on to a prospect. This is an incredibly important decision that will undoubtedly shape the future of this franchise.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared on the Haberman and Middlekauff podcast that the Jets could potentially get a late first-round pick as compensation for Darnold. This would give the Jets three first-round picks this year. As appealing as it would be to have that extra first-round pick Darnold could provide, here is why the Jets shouldn’t move off Darnold for one of this year’s quarterback prospects.