Grading the Sam Darnold Trade

The New York Jets are moving on from the former #3 overall pick just a few short years after drafting him. The New York Jets are sending Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a 6th round draft pick this upcoming draft, a 2nd round draft pick in 2022 and a 4th round draft pick in 2022. The Jets have contemplated getting rid of Darnold throughout the course of their miserable season which featured an 0-13 start. In this article, we’ll break down if it was worth it for each team to give up the haul they gave. 

New York Jets Grade: A-

The Jets remarkably scored a handful of draft picks for a quarterback who hasn’t lived up to his draft hype. Darnold has been the worst quarterback in passer rating since entering the league of qualifying quarterbacks. He’s dealt with injuries, illness and poor performance in his short stint with the Jets. After the haul they received from Carolina, they now have a plethora of draft picks in the first 2 rounds over the next couple drafts. The Jets are in a much better position for their future and also hold the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft which they should use on BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. With Wilson under center, the Jets can work on building their offense with a promising core consisting of 2020 1st round draft pick Denzel Mims and recently signed Corey Davis. The Jets received a great haul for Darnold, the only thing that could have made this trade better for the Jets is if it didn’t happen in the first place and they could go back in time to not draft Darnold, other than that, it sets the foundation for a better future.

Carolina Panthers Grade: B-

If we had any idea of what the Carolina Panthers were thinking when they made this trade, we would tell you, but we don’t. The Carolina Panthers must be banking on the potential that Darnold has to offer which isn’t awful. When healthy, Darnold was a below average passer that was very inconsistent. To Darnold’s credit, during his tenure he did not have a single receiver or running back tally 1,000 yards in a season which is what the Panthers do have as offensive weapons. The Panthers already have Teddy Bridgewater who also had a disappointing 2020 campaign. The Panthers want a replacement for Bridgewater and the 2021 season will be a prove-it year for both Bridgewater and Darnold before the Panthers decide to move on from one, none, or both of the underperforming quarterbacks. With this being said, we gave the Panthers a respectable B-minus for having 2 quarterbacks who have experience heading into the season to give them a chance at earning a spot in the Panthers future. If they both falter, then the Panthers will aim at the 2022 draft for a quarterback to help get them back on track.

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