When the Jets traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Panthers on Monday, they continued a long trend of trading their first-round picks.
In fact, Darnold, whom the Jets drafted in 2018, was the sixth straight first-round pick they traded.
In 2017, the Jets selected safety Jamal Adams sixth overall. Last year they traded him to the Seahawks.
In 2016, the Jets drafted linebacker Darron Lee 20th overall. In 2019, they traded him to the Chiefs.
In 2015, the Jets selected defensive lineman Leonard Williams sixth overall. In 2019 they traded him to the Giants.
In 2014, the Jets drafted safety Calvin Pryor 18th overall. In 2017, they traded him to the Browns.
In 2013, the Jets selected defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson No. 13 overall. In 2017 they traded him to the Seahawks.
The last first-round pick the Jets didn’t trade was cornerback Dee Milliner, who was selected ninth overall in 2013. They cut him in 2016.
The fact that the Jets were able to trade those six first-round picks shows they weren’t complete failures, as a complete failure has no commercial value. But it’s certainly not ideal for the Jets that their first-round picks don’t stick around long enough to sign second contracts.