The Carolina Panthers made a big move, San Francisco may not be sold on Mac Jones like everyone seems to believe, and just because the Patriots haven’t traded up, it doesn’t mean they aren’t planning on drafting a quarterback. Check out the latest NFL news in our weekly update so you can continue planning your bets and place them against their NFL odds.
NFL COVID-19 Update – April 8th Edition
2022 Super Bowl
- When: Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022
- Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood California
- TV: NBC
Super Bowl LVI Odds
- Kansas City Chiefs +450
- Green Bay Packers +900
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers +550
- Buffalo Bills +1200
- Baltimore Ravens +1400
- San Francisco 49ers +1200
- Los Angeles Rams +1200
- Cleveland Browns +1800
- New Orleans Saints +2500
- Seattle Seahawks +2800
- Miami Dolphins +3000
- Indianapolis Colts +2000
- Pittsburgh Steelers +3000
- Dallas Cowboys +2800
- Tennessee Titans +3300
- Arizona Cardinals +2800
- Los Angeles Chargers +3300
- New England Patriots +2500
- Minnesota Vikings +5000
- Philadelphia Eagles +5000
- Las Vegas Raiders +5000
- Washington Football Team +5000
- Atlanta Falcons +5000
- Chicago Bears +6000
- Denver Broncos +4000
- Jacksonville Jaguars +8000
- Carolina Panthers +4000
- New York Giants +5000
- New York Jets +5000
- Cincinnati Bengals +10000
- Houston Texans +15000
- Detroit Lions +15000
Jets trade Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers
In a signal they’re likely to draft BYU’s Zack Wilson, the New York Jets traded starting quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks. To get Darnold, the Panthers had to part with a sixth-rounder this year, and second and fourth round picks in 2022.
By all accounts, both teams made out with this trade. The Jets were likely to draft Wilson no matter what, which means they got the most they could for Darnold.
The Panthers realized they had no choice but to trade for a player like Darnold. They weren’t going to move up enough to draft a quarterback they coveted, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, or even Mac Jones.
Matt Rhule realized that if he waited until the Panthers’ chose at eighth, there’s a chance the top five quarterbacks could be off the board. Either make a trade for a QB you like or cross your fingers and hope one of the quarterbacks you like sticks around when you draft eight.
Darnold has a ton of upside and Rhule’s offense could flatter his skillset. Also, the Panthers got the former USC quarterback for nothing compared to what the 49ers traded to move up to third and what San Francisco is asking for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Carolina made out great with this deal. So did the Jets who got more picks, albeit not a first-rounder, for a quarterback they knew they were going to end up relegating to the bench or trade before the season starts.
San Francisco will get a chance to see Justin Fields
The San Francisco 49ers missed Justin Fields’ pro day. Although the Niners have said they love Mac Jones, Fields believes he’s the third-best quarterback in the draft, which is why Justin is having a second pro day in the near future.
The 49ers will attend this one. Fields could impress SF so much they decide to draft him instead of Jones.
No matter who the 49ers go with, they’ve got an issue with Jimmy G. No team appears willing to bite on a trade. San Francisco says it’s because Garoppolo is their starter next season and that they feel no team can provide a good enough offer to part ways with Garoppolo.
But Jimmy G. is injury prone. So there’s no telling how many snaps he plays for San Francisco next season. $23 million is a lot of change to pay a player who hasn’t proven he can stand up to the rigors of an entire NFL Season.
Patriots may look past Round 1 for their next quarterback
The Atlanta Falcons said they were willing to trade down from the fourth pick. It makes sense because the ATL is happy with Matt Ryan, even though he’ll turn 36 soon, and require help in other areas.
But the Falcons may have missed the boat. So far the New England Patriots, a team who will draft a quarterback, haven’t bitten. If the Pats don’t bite, will anyone bite?
Not likely. Why haven’t the Patriots called the Falcons? New England may have circled Mac Jones’ name on their big board. Up until the 49ers said they loved Jones, most believed the Alabama quarterback would go around 15 when the Patriots draft.
If the Niners draft Jones, what’s the point of spending a king’s ransom to move from 15 to 4? That’s what Bill Belichick is probably thinking.
Also, New England may have an eye on a quarterback in the second-round. Florida’s Kyle Trask, Sanford’s Davis Mills, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, and Wake Forest player Jamie Newman should all be available.
New England has had luck drafting quarterbacks in later rounds. The Pats drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second. They drafted Tom Brady in the sixth so don’t look past the Pats to have a quarterback drafting plan that has nothing to do with the top five prospects.