The Bucs could practically steal Darnold
Tampa Bay has been great with their past few draft classes, but this draft could look very different. With the abbreviated college football season and no word on the combine, NFL teams may see draft picks as a less valuable resource.
The Bucs should return most of their starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball after this season, and they will likely not need to use draft picks to find starters. If the Bucs see the draft as too much of a gamble, they could offer a few second or third-day picks to bring Darnold to Tampa Bay.
If the Jets lose most of their games, they will practically have no choice but to take Trevor Lawrence. Just like the Kyler Murray scenario, as soon as this happens, the Jets lose all bargaining power with Darnold, and they would have to let him walk with no return.
Trading Darnold early for some compensation is better than losing him for nothing, and the Jets may take what they can get. Tampa Bay could offer a fourth to remain competitive, but the market won’t be wide enough to ask for much more.
The Jets are currently the worst team in football by a wide margin, and that doesn’t appear close to changing, and as that trend continues, Darnold looks like a future Jet less and less.