Steelers receive: Sam Darnold
Jets receive: 2021 2nd round pick, 2021 6th round pick
— FanDuel (@FanDuel) March 28, 2021
It isn’t often that the things we see on Twitter get us thinking. But a recent tweet by FanDuel certainly did. They put out the above tweet with a hypothetical trade between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets. The trade would send quarterback Sam Darnold to the Steelers in exchange for Pittsburgh’s second and sixth-round picks in 2021.
The Jets currently hold the No. 2 overall pick and you presume they will use it to draft a quarterback and move on from Darnold. The Steelers aren’t in need of a quarterback this season but a trade for Darnold would give the Steelers a player you can envision having a very successful NFL career based on his career to this point.
There is really no motivation here for the Jets to turn down an offer like this but what about Pittsburgh? Let’s say for instance that the Steelers are thinking about a quarterback early in the draft. If they kept their second-round pick, is there even a quarterback to consider there? The gap between the top five quarterbacks prospects in the draft and the next three is fairly wide. If the Steelers wanted a guy like Kyle Trask, Davis Mills or Kellen Mond, they could likely get one of them in the third, leaving that second round for another position.
But are any of those quarterbacks more of a sure thing than Darnold? Not at all. They would be cheaper which is always an issue. Personally, if I were the GM I don’t make that trade. I use that second-round pick to bolster another need position, let Ben Roethlisberger play out the season and see what you have in Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.