When the Jets made their bold move up from the sixth spot in the draft to the third, they made a call to see if they could get to the top spot.
But what they haven’t done, at least not yet, is set up a meeting with the player many folks think will go first.
Perhaps they feel like Darnold’s a lock to go in the top two picks (either to the Browns or the Giants or to someone who could trade with them), but not doing your homework on one of the top picks seems like turning in an incomplete assignment.
What if someone makes a surprising move up for Saquon Barkley or Bradley Chubb? What if someone makes a surprising move up for Baker Mayfield or one of the Joshes? What if he was available, and you didn’t have a complete evaluation? And why give away the chance to smokescreen your opponents?
Unless the Jets just don’t feel like Darnold’s anyone they’d be interested in under any circumstances (or unless they’re scheduling a workout as we speak), it just doesn’t seem to make sense not to do the legwork.