It seemed for a while that Zach Wilson was going to be there at No. 4 for the Atlanta Falcons, should they choose to take a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft — which now seems like a foregone conclusion. But just as I got myself all talked into Wilson as the heir apparent to Matt Ryan, he became the guy who has rocketed up Draft boards and now seems to be a consensus pick at No. 2, right behind Trevor Lawrence.
But whether it's based on reliable information or just a guess, Mel Kiper has the Falcons trading up with the New York Jets to snag Wilson as the next guy in Atlanta.
ESPN — OK, here we go. The Falcons make a deal to get their quarterback. My comp for the deal is the Bears' trading up for Mitchell Trubisky in 2017. To move up one spot and get the No. 2 pick, Chicago gave up pick Nos. 3, 67, 111 and a third-rounder the following year.
So for Atlanta to move up two spots, it's going to have to send the Jets the No. 4 pick, likely its second-round picks this year and more picks. That's a lot to give up, sure, but there is going to be competition. The Jets should take the best deal on the table, and this one means they only drop two spots and pick up prime assets after that.
Having your trade up for a quarterback being compared in any way, shape or form to Mitch Trubisky does not exactly inspire confidence. And for what it appears moving up two spots would cost, Wilson better be that dude. I think there's a very real chance he is going to be, but when you know Justin Fields is going to be there at No. 4, you better be damn sure you're getting a significant upgrade.
And by significant upgrade, I'm talking about producing at a Kyler Murray-like level. And if that sounds unrealistic, that's my bar for trading up to take a quarterback at No. 2 behind only a generational prospect. You better be sure you're going to get it right.
But if this is what Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot feel they need to do to secure their quarterback of the future, then you do it. Hopefully, we aren't picking this high again for a long time and Wilson can learn and develop under future Hall of Famer Matt Ryan for a season and blossom into the Falcons' next franchise quarterback.