The Jets pulled off a lowly NFL first when they called Zach Wilson’s name at No. 2 on Thursday night.
As previously noted by ESPN’s Evan Kaplan, New York became the first team in the Common Draft Era, since 1967, to draft two quarterbacks with top-three picks in a four-year span. The Jets used the third overall pick on Sam Darnold in 2018. He was traded to the Panthers earlier this month, clearing the way for Wilson — and this little draft nugget.
The Jets are obviously hoping that Wilson’s tenure in New York lasts longer and involves more success than Darnold’s. He was shipped out of town after just three seasons. The BYU gunslinger, meanwhile, projects as a strong fit in Mike LaFleur’s offense, and the Jets have ample ammo to surround their new QB with talent.
Darnold never got that from the Jets. Fortunately for Wilson, it looks like he’s walking into a stronger situation as a rookie.