NFL Mocks of the FanSided network recently made a list of every team’s most important offseason move. For the New York Jets, they have it being the draft selection of quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC.
Like they always say, if you get an opportunity to draft your next future franchise quarterback, you don’t even think twice about it. Such is the case with general manager Mike Maccagnan and his decision to make quarterback Sam Darnold the next franchise quarterback of the New York Jets.
It could happen at some point this upcoming season or at least by 2019, but Darnold gives the Jets and their fans hope that he can finally be the answer to their dreams. A competitive quarterback that can make all the throws, be a leader among men in the locker room, and do his part to push the Jets towards being a consistent playoff contender.
Looking at the Jets offseason so far, they’ve made a lot of moves in hopes of bolstering their roster for 2018. From adding Trumaine Johnson to their defensive secondary to acquiring more pass rushers on defense, the Jets are hoping for a bounce-back season coming off another 5-11 year.
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It won’t be easy but if at some point Darnold does start for the Jets, he could very well be that catalyst to fire up this team to make some serious noise. Either way, the selection of Darnold by the Jets, at least to NFL Mocks of the FanSided network, was their most important offseason move.
In an article written by Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks, here is what he said about the Jets drafting Darnold:
But the biggest, most important move they made was to trade a number of very high draft picks to acquire the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, where they selected 20-year old Sam Darnold out of USC. Darnold is the future of the franchise, and has reset this team’s course.
Needless to say, Bedinger is right. It’s been decades since the Jets had a young quarterback worth bragging about as Darnold brings a lot of success and potential to the table. Once he gets acclimated to life in the NFL and puts everything together, there is no telling how far he can go if everything falls into place.
This offseason will forever be remembered as the time when the Jets got a quarterback nobody thought would be available for them with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. It was a no-brainer decision for the Jets and one that will forever shape the hopefully bright future of the organization. If not, well, let’s say just it will also be forever remembered as a move that will fuel that infamous “Same old Jets” mantra for many years to come.