Darnold Derby: Where Will He Land After Draft Trades Shake Up Order?

By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/

Did San Francisco’s, Miami’s, and Philadelphia’s Friday trades affect the stats of Sam Darnoild?

There is an overwhelming belief it did. 

The 49ers shocked the football world when they moved up to the third pick overall in the draft in their deal with Miami.

The Eagles then dealt their sixth pick overall to Miami for their now 12th overall first-round pick.

How does it shake out?

San Francisco now picks third and Miami third. So, the 49ers apparently want one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft.

The 49ers could have dealt with the Jets for the No. 2 pick, but it’s assumed the Jets wanted to stay with the pick.

A recent visit with Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson and the recent moves have the Jets now taking Wilson with the pick instead of Oregon tackle Penei Sewell.

Where does that leave Darnold? Good question. How much is Darnold worth? Another good one.

San Francisco — once thought of a suitable landing space  — is out. The 49ers will likely choose Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

Unless they pull the trigger for Houston now troubled quarterback DeShaun Watson, Miami will keep Tua Tagovailoa under center. 

Philadelphia will stay the course with Jalen Hurts, who apparently impressed after a short audition last year.

A wild rumor involving Darnold has surfaced that would send him to Seattle in a three-way trade with the Seahawks and Chicago in which Chicago would get Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. The Jets would get a second-round 2022 pick.

The Bears recently signed Andy Dalton to take over the reins there. Despite Dalton, Darnold should be a candidate.

Washington again has surfaced as a legitimate contender. A few months ago, Darnold’s name was floated there, and he should surface again even though the team has recently signed the ageless Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Denver also looks like a probable spot with Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Jeff Driskle to choose from.

Beyond that, the market will be tight mainly due to the influx of the college market.

Drnold should bring the Jets either a second- or third-round pick. A first-rounder shouldn’t be on the boar, but maybe Joe Douglas can work out a package. Don’t expect the Jets to be in the DeShaun Watson market after the recent allegations.

In Darnold’s defense, he should have been given a chance to work under a new regime with some more talent around him. 

Instead, the Jets will take another chance at a young quarterback in a total rebuild mode to be their next franchise one.

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