Filed to ESPN: Jets trading QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a 2021 sixth-round pick and second- and fourth-round picks in 2022, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2021
The Jets, who currently hold the No. 2 overall pick, have been trending toward taking a quarterback with that pick, but it was never set in stone as long as Darnold was on the roster. Had they passed on a quarterback, it’s possible that Sewell or Chase could have been taken there.
Now that Darnold is gone, it’s pretty much a lock that the Jets go quarterback there, and the same is true with the San Francisco 49ers holding pick No. 3. The Jacksonville Jaguars are obviously going quarterback with the top pick, which leaves the Atlanta Falcons (No. 4) as the only team ahead of the Bengals not assured of taking a new signal-caller.
Even if the Falcons take one of Sewell/Chase, it’s now pretty much locked in that at least one of those two game-changing prospects will be there for the Bengals at No. 5. There is a chance the Falcons take a quarterback or trade with someone who wants one, so it’s possible the Bengals will have their pick of any non-QB prospect in this draft with the No. 5 pick.
You really have to love the position Cincinnati is in. Now it’s just a matter of making the right pick.