Jets not tipping their hand even if everyone knows they will draft Zach Wilson

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The Jets hold the No. 2 overall choice and traded their starting quarterback, Sam Darnold, to the Panthers. That leaves James Morgan and Mike White in the team’s quarterbacks room.

Thus, it doesn’t take a genius NFL General Manager to ascertain the direction the Jets are going in the draft later this month.

General Manager Joe Douglas conceded the obvious Tuesday: The Jets will select a quarterback at second overall.

“I think that’s a fair assessment to say based on the decision we made yesterday,” Douglas said, via via Al Iannazzone of Newsday. “You can kind of see the direction we’re heading.”

The question is: Who? Zach Wilson is the expected answer.

Former BYU and 49ers quarterback Steve Young said the Jets have “committed to Wilson.” Douglas didn’t dispute what Young said.

“Steve’s plugged into BYU pretty well,” Douglas said.

Young added that the Jets have “recruited the [Wilson] family.”

New head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur — both of whom arrived from the 49ers — attended Wilson’s pro day last month along with Douglas, who was seen talking to Wilson.

“It was good being out there at pro day, to speak to his representatives and say hello to members of his family,” Douglas said. “They put on a great Pro Day for the entire NFL. It’s a first-class organization. It was a good day out there. I’m excited about this class and quarterbacks. We have a lot of process left moving up to the draft.”

The Jets wouldn’t have traded Darnold if they didn’t know who they were drafting, assuming the Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence. And the Jets wouldn’t have traded Darnold if they didn’t believe they were upgrading the position.

The Jets know who they want, and it will come as one of the biggest surprises of any draft day if their choice is someone other than Wilson.

Douglas was asked whether the competition Wilson and North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance faced in college gave him pause.

“I think you just grade the tape you have seen,” Douglas said, via the team website. “Arguments can be made about strength of schedule, but that’s not the player’s decision. I’ve been around players from all levels that have been successful. We only had one all-star game this year. One of the cool things in the past has been being able to see small-school players line up against big-school players and see them compete — a Wisconsin-Whitewater player compete against a player from Alabama. I like to see how guys react. We only had that one game this year. What you try to do is evaluate a lot of the intangibles of players from smaller schools — how they compete, their makeup, heart. Try to focus in on why this is an inexact science.”

11 responses to “Jets not tipping their hand even if everyone knows they will draft Zach Wilson

  1. Oh I’ll tip my hand right now! Another rookie quarterback in the division for BB to dominate for a few years! #Kraftgreatestownerever.

  2. touchback6 says:
    April 6, 2021 at 8:05 pm
    Oh I’ll tip my hand right now! Another rookie quarterback in the division for BB to dominate for a few years! #Kraftgreatestownerever.
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    Some guys are so clueless it’s really funny. Kraft is spending money like a drunken sailor. Teams don’t become successfully throwing money in FA. Belichick has drafted like the Jets. Even the owner acknowledged it. Belichick has not had any real success outside of Brady. He has Newton for a QB. Spells like a losing season.
    How soon till Belichick gets the boot?

  3. Wouldn’t you have to think like the Jets to know what they’re thinking? I’m happy to announce I have no idea what they’re thinking. The one thing I can tell you is Sam Darnold is the happiest man on the planet right now.

  4. Sack Wilson not ready for primetime. Jets take a first year flier on him and he will crash and burn

    Jets, let him watch and learn . not burn.

  5. This reminds me of when the Bears thought Mitch Trubisky was better than Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. The Jets are smitten by this year’s Trubisky….Zach Wilson.

  6. Does it really matter? The last time this team had a good run I was waiting for my parent to finish middle school and I am getting close to retirement. I hope this set up they have here pays off but a it would be the 1st in my lifetime.

  7. I think they will regret not taling Fields. I think Fields has the highest ceiling. Then again, i also think he is the most likely to buat out so maybe going to terrible organization like the jets would be bad for fields.

  8. This is the worst kept secret since the Texans drafted Reggie Bush… Er, wait a minute…

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