When the Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers on Monday, they continued a long tendency to trade away their first-round draft pick.
In fact, Darnold, which the Jets drafted in 2018, was the sixth straight in a row in the first round they traded.
In 2017, Jets safety selected Jamal Adams sixth overall. Last year, they traded him to the Seahawks.
In 2016, Jets linebacker Darron Lee selected 20th overall. In 2019, they traded him to Chiefs.
In 2015, the Jets selected defensive lineman Leonard Williams sixth overall. In 2019, they traded him to the Giants.
In 2014, Jets safety selected Calvin Pryor 18th overall. In 2017, they traded him to the Browns.
In 2013, the Jets’ defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson selected 13th overall. In 2017, they traded him to the Seahawks.
The last pick in the first round that the Jets did not trade was Cornerback Dee Milliner, whom they picked ninth overall. They cut him in 2016.
That the Jets were able to trade the six picks in the first round shows that they were not complete busters, as a complete bust has no trading value. But it’s certainly not ideal for the Jets that their first-round pick doesn’t last long enough to sign second contracts.