Just a little more than a year ago, the Jets made the bold move to trade three second-round picks just to move up three spots in the 2018 NFL draft, hoping to secure one of the top quarterbacks in the class.
They landed Sam Darnold, a one-year starter who flashed tantalizing potential at USC.
The Jets had traded up for a one-year USC starter at the top of the draft before in Mark Sanchez, but he never fully lived up to expectations. The jury is still out on Darnold, but the early returns have his new offensive coaches thrilled about working with him:
Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson lauded Darnold’s work ethic and commitment (via team reporter Olivia Landis):
It’s everything in the way he works.