That seems to be the general consensus at least.
Wilson has been connected to the Jets in rumors for months now, and after the trade of Darnold, it seems highly likely that the Jets target the former BYU star.
In fact, ESPN’s Adam Schefter took it a step further when he spoke about the Jets on ESPN’s Get Up on Tuesday. Schefter said that he texted Wilson “Welcome to New York” on Monday and that he was confident the Jets would draft him.
“Zach Wilson would seem to be the obvious choice at number two. It looks like he is headed to the Jets. You don’t trade Sam Darnold and make that move without knowing that you’re going to take a quarterback…the Jets are on the clock, and they are going to take Zach Wilson from Brigham Young.”
Everyone expects the NY Jets to draft Zach Wilson
It sure seems as though Schefter isn’t alone in his belief that the Jets will draft Wilson. Not only does that appear to be the consensus amongst analysts, but NFL teams agree that’s the direction the Jets will take.
The moves from both the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles this past week indicate that.
The 49ers never even attempted to call the Jets about trading up to the second overall pick because they knew they weren’t entertaining trade-down offers.
As for the Eagles, their reported top priority was Wilson. But once it became clear they wouldn’t be able to trade up to grab him, they traded back.
Those two moves don’t happen if it wasn’t already clear to the rest of the NFL who the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft were going to be.
Barring any last-minute draft shockers, the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to draft Trevor Lawrence leaving the Jets to draft Zach Wilson.
The Sam Darnold era is over in New York after three disappointing seasons.
As for the expected arrival of the Zach Wilson era, the Jets will be hoping for a bit more success this time around.