The NFL Draft drama begins at No. 3.
Monday’s commerce between the Jets and Panthers introduced a bit extra readability to the highest of this 12 months’s draft board. New York despatched quarterback Sam Darnold to Carolina in trade for a 2021 sixth-round decide, 2022 second-round decide and 2022 fourth-round decide, solidifying the Jets’ dedication to bringing in a younger QB with the No. 2 general choice.
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Clemson star Trevor Lawrence is anticipated to be the highest decide and be part of the Jaguars, and now that Darnold is gone, the Jets are locked in on BYU’s Zach Wilson, in accordance with ESPN’s Todd McShay. Sharpie alert!
New York’s curiosity in Wilson hasn’t been a secret, as many draft analysts have instructed the Jets all the time needed the 21-year-old to steer the offense, together with McShay’s ESPN colleague Steve Younger. The Darnold commerce merely reaffirms what has been beforehand reported.
As for the largest query of the 2021 NFL Draft: What is going to the 49ers do at No. 3? San Francisco pulled off an aggressive deal to maneuver up within the draft order and keep away from lacking out on its quarterback of the longer term. With Lawrence and Wilson dominated out, the 49ers are right down to Alabama’s Mac Jones, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.
Whereas Fields and Lance appear to have extra potential than Jones given their immense bodily presents, the 49ers are reportedly leaning towards the Crimson Tide QB, who threw for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns final season.
“Nearly all of folks across the league imagine that is for Mac Jones,” NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah recently said on “The Athletic Soccer Present” podcast. “Of the folks that you’d wish to imagine and put your religion in, the overwhelming majority of them imagine that is going to be Mac Jones with that decide. So that is what’s so surprising.”
It is value noting the NFL Draft is greater than three weeks away, so loads of issues may change earlier than the 49ers carry out their very own Sharpie.