The only clear takeaway from the NFL Draft trade chaos is that the Jets tipped their hand.
Chaos, pure and utter chaos.
That’s what the NFL descended into on Friday, a day usually reserved for news dumps. But the league had no intention of allowing us a breezy Friday to ride into the second weekend of March Madness with. Instead, two blockbuster trades involving three teams went down mere minutes apart.
Yet, while the 49ers, Dolphins, and Eagles all exchanged draft picks like they were White Elephant gifts, the only clear picture we have of the chaos is of a team that wasn’t involved in any of the deals.
After the Eagles traded back to the No. 12 pick — the 49ers original pick that they traded to the Dolphins to move up to No. 3 — Ian Rapoport from NFL Network reported that such a deal was actually Plan B.
“The Eagles tried to trade up to No. 3, but they would only do it for Zach Wilson, source said. Instead, they back out, get an extra 1st rounder, and continue to build,” Rapoport reported amid the absolute chaos.
While the bulk of our attention was focused on the Niners for trading up and the Eagles for trading back, lost in the shuffle is what appears to be confirmation that the Jets will be taking Zach Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick.