Just after the Dolphins traded the #3 pick to the 49’ers, Ian Rapoport posted a tweet that was later deleted and clarified by the man himself.
If you follow Rapoport on Twitter, you’ll know two things. He very rarely posts an unclear tweet, and he is now the #1 insider in the NFL.
One thing is very clear: Zach Wilson will go high in this draft. At No. 2? Very possible. And hard to see anyone having enough ammo to move up. https://t.co/U7gAKiJBhj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2021
I don’t have the original tweet saved, but within that tweet Rapoport mentioned that according to his sources, the Eagles wanted Zach Wilson, but when it became clear that Wilson wouldn’t be available at #3 they decided to trade back with the Dolphins, moving their 6th pick for the #12 pick, a 2022 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
On the base of it, it’s quite simple to conclude that if the Eagles wanted to move up to get Wilson, but realised that he wouldn’t be there at #3, he’s either going #1 overall to the Jags or #2 overall to the Jets. With Trevor Lawrence widely considered a “generational” prospect, that would indicate that the Jets are taking Wilson at #2.
It becomes more interesting when you consider the teams involved in this. One is the team that looks to be taking Wilson (Jets) and the other being the team that wanted Wilson (Eagles). Of course current Jets general manager Joe Douglas came from the Eagles, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the Eagles are aware of the Jets intentions with that #2 pick through Douglas and his connections within the Eagles organisation.
This could be a whole lot of nothing, and at the end of the day it doesn’t really change a lot for the Jets, I think at this point the Jets taking a QB at #2 is the worst kept secret in the NFL, but it was interesting to see Rapoport try and clarify his remarks.