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)
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Penei Sewell, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Penei Sewell #58 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

There is too much talent at the top of the draft

After Trevor Lawerence, there are plenty of top-tier 2021 NFL Draft prospects who seem worthy of the No. 2 overall pick. Many believe Penei Sewell is the best tackle prospect to come around in years. There are also two elite wide receiver prospects who could be a consideration at the No. 2 spot. That being said, it seems more likely that a quarterback goes second overall over those players because of how the league values the position.

This trend every year of quarterbacks going early because of the position value isn’t new. But it is important to ask which teams have benefited from over drafting a quarterback. In 2014, the Jacksonville Jaguars took Blake Bortles over some potential future Hall of Famers in Khalil Mack, Mike Evans, Aaron Donald, and Zack Martin.

Both the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles would have been better off taking Joey Bosa and Jalen Ramsey with their first selection in 2016. The Eagles won a Super Bowl without Carson Wentz, who they selected second overall that year. While the Rams just sent Goff packing to Detroit.

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The Chicago Bears would have been better off taking Jamal Adams over Mitch Trubisky in 2017. If Adams was a part of the Bears’ 2018 defense, they would have been absolutely dominant on that side of the ball and would have likely gone further in the postseason.

In 2019, the Washington Football Team took Dwayne Haskins 15th overall and traded their second-round pick that year and the next year to take Montez Sweat 26th overall. Washington would have been better off just taking Sweat at 15 and keeping both second-round picks.

The Houston Texans had a major void at quarterback before the 2014 NFL Draft and despite having the first overall pick, took pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney who was a three-time Pro Bowler with the team.

Also in 2017, the Cleveland Browns had the first overall pick and despite having a glaring need at quarterback, took the best player available which was Myles Garrett. Garrett has gone on to have 42.5 sacks in his first four seasons, establishing himself as one of the best pass rushers in the league.

The New York Jets could end up looking like the 2014 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2016 Los Angeles Rams, 2016 Philadelphia Eagles, and 2017 Chicago Bears if they pass up the opportunity to take Penei Sewell, Jamarr Chase, or Devonta Smith second overall to take a quarterback.