NFL Draft rumors: Jets locked in on Zach Wilson after Sam Darnold trade; What will 49ers do at No. 3?

Apr 5, 2021 at 3:20 PM--


Monday's trade between the Jets and Panthers brought a little more clarity to the top of this year's draft board.
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