After the New York Jets finished the 2020 NFL Season with a 2-14 record, onlookers wondered what they would do with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. Would they use it to draft a quarterback? Or would they stick with Sam Darnold for another season?
The football world got its answer on April 5 when the Jets traded Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick and a second- and fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft. According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the deal has been brewing for weeks.
Now, the Jets are without a quarterback, which means it's looking more likely that they'll use the No. 2 pick on BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. According to odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, the odds of Wilson being draft second overall by the Jets are -1050. Before the trade, the odds of that happening were -800.
NFL Draft No. 2 Overall Pick Odds
It's not hard to see why the Jets would love to make Zach Wilson their quarterback of the future. In three seasons at BYU, he threw for 7,652 yards and 56 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in 30 games. Wilson also managed to get the job done on the ground, racking up 642 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns with his feet. Replicating college success in the NFL is easier said than done, but Wilson has shown that he has the talent and potential to make it possible.
Justin Fields has the second-best odds of being selected at No. 2 (+700). He's a former Heisman finalist, as well as the recipient of the 2019 Big Ten Championship MVP Award. Fields impressed in 2020, winning the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row. He threw for exactly 2,100 yards in the 2020 regular season, connecting for 22 touchdowns. While the odds may indicate that the Jets will go with Wilson, Fields isn't a bad backup plan if they change their mind.
North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance rounds out the top three odds of being drafted second overall at +2000. In 19 games over the last three seasons, Lance has thrown just one interception while recording 30 touchdowns.
One thing is for certain: the Jets have a lot of options heading into the draft if it's a quarterback that they want. Too many options is never a bad thing, either.
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