Joe Douglas takeaways, including if Jets are locked in on plans for No. 2 in draft

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Joe Douglas screenshot Darnold trade conference
Joe Douglas screenshot Darnold trade conference

The first big decision of draft season has been answered by the Jets this week, after GM Joe Douglas shipped quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on Monday and seemingly guaranteed that another QB would be chosen with the No. 2 pick later this month.

Douglas spoke to the media over Zoom for the first time since pulling off the deal -- which netted the Jets an additional sixth-round pick later this month and a second- and fourth rounder in 2022.

Here are the takeaways from his news conference...

On if the Jets are locked in at No. 2, or if they'd move down

Once Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence is taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 1 overall pick, the Jets have their pick of the remaining QB litter, with most signs pointing to BYU's Zach Wilson as their next signal-caller. But anything is possible.

"I think that's a fair assessment to say, based on the decision we made yesterday" Douglas said on the Jets taking a QB at No. 2. "You can kind of see the direction we're heading when it comes to pick two.

"Obviously, never say never. ... I'll always answer the phone if it's ringing."

On if they've decided which quarterback they want to take

Besides Wilson, the Jets could also take Ohio State's Justin Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance or Alabama's Mac Jones. Though Wilson has become the rumored likely choice, those other options still make it a hard decision.

"As we sit here now, we still have our process that needs to be worked through" Douglas said. "Next week we're getting together with our scouts and coaches, we're going through draft meetings, we're going through every player. So there's certainly some meat left on the bone when it comes to our draft process."

On if there's additional pressure to nail this decision with his fingerprints all over it

Douglas wasn't with the Jets when they selected Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, so what happened from then on was less on him and more on the previous regime.

But this time around, getting rid of the franchise quarterback and, in all likelihood, choosing another, will be on him.

"I think you feel pressure every day you walk into the building," Douglas said. "You wanna do this job to the best of your ability. You want to take the information that you have at hand and make the best possible decisions that you can make.

"But we do that together, we do that as a unit. Working day in and day out with coach [Robert] Saleh and his staff, working day in and day out with Christopher [Johnson] and Woody [Johnson]. There's been great conversations over the last few weeks and months leading up to this point."

On how difficult it was to make the decision to go through with the trade

"Lots of good and productive discussions led up to this decision, and there's back and forth," Douglas said. "And ultimately, everyone was on the same page about how this can help our team moving forward, but certainly not an easy decision."