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 Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

The New York Jets do not have a great situation for a rookie QB

Jets General Manager Joe Douglas must be excited for the roster overhaul he is planning this offseason. According to Spotrac, the New York Jets the third-most salary cap available in the league with just over $65.5 Million. On top of that, the team has ten draft picks this year and six of them are in the top 100 selections. That being said, the team will have to use all of those assets to fix their roster because the team was awful last season.

The Jets’ biggest needs are wide receiver, edge rusher, cornerback, running back, and interior offensive line. The team could also use an upgrade at tight end and right tackle. Following all of those positions, it is fair to say that quarterback could be next on the list.

So if the quarterback position is so far down on their list of needs, then why should the New York Jets use their most valuable asset on that position when better players who better fill their needs will be available at No. 2 overall?

Despite not playing great last season, Sam Darnold is one of the only players on the Jets’ roster that can play at a better than average level most weeks of the season. If Darnold was replaced by one of these rookies, it seems likely that said quarterback would struggle early and often during his first season. This roster simply is not ready to support a rookie quarterback.