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Sam Darnold | Quarterback

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/5/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar assigned the New York Jets a "B" grade for their work in the draft.
This feels like a low grade for the team who landed QB Sam Darnold, the player widely considered the top prospect in the class. The Jets had trade up from pick No. 6 to land Darnold, something that was probably a factor towards the Jets grade as they had no second round pick. Kadar especially liked their next pick, Fort Hays State defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd. "He’s an aggressive interior lineman who is at his best ripping past offensive linemen and getting into the backfield," Kadar said. Darnold alone could make this draft class good if he turns out to be an above replacement-level starter. Apr 29 - 6:33 PM
Source: SB Nation

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Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Darnold (6’3/221) turned pro as a redshirt sophomore after making 24 starts for the Trojans, going 20-4 and completing 64.9% of his throws with a 57:22 TD-to-INT ratio at 8.5 yards per attempt. A gunslinger cross between Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, Darnold’s biggest college drawback was his turnover tendency, throwing 13 picks with nine lost fumbles in 2017. Darnold has an elongated release and shoddy footwork, and would be the youngest starting quarterback in league history if he gets the Week 1 nod. Long term, Darnold is a higher-variance prospect with top-ten quarterback upside.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. projects the New York Jets to take Sam Darnold with the third pick in his final 2018 Mock Draft.

Kiper projects the Browns to take Baker Mayfield with the first pick, and Saquon Barkley goes the Giants with pick two. This might be the ideal draft scenario for the Jets, who are believed to favor Darnold over any other quarterback in this class. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Jets make a trade up to the second pick with the Giants just to be sure they procure his services -- assuming Mayfield does in fact go with the first pick.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:32 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock projects the Cleveland Browns to select USC QB Sam Darnold with No. 1 overall pick.

This is notable because Mayock hasn't missed on the No. 1 overall pick since 2008 and is one of the most accurate mock-drafters in the industry. Even though Dorsey has been tight-lipped throughout the draft process and no one besides him reportedly knows, all signs point towards Darnold being selected with the first pick tomorrow.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 25 - 8:19 PM

Browns GM John Dorsey said there have been no "legitimate offers" for the No.1 overall pick.

Dorsey also added that he "hasn't even told [his] wife" who the Browns will select yet. He has done a great job of keeping this pick a secret as only he knows who will be selected with the first overall pick. Currently Sam Darnold is the heavy favorite to go No. 1 overall but with Dorsey reluctant to leak anything, any of the top four quarterbacks could hear their name called first.
Apr 25 - 2:01 PM

NFL Media draft analyst ranks Sam Darnold as his top quarterback and seventh overall in his top 100 prospect list.

Wyoming's Josh Allen ranks ninth; and UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Louisville's Lamar Jackson rank 21st to 23rd, respectively. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley ranks first, and Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson and NC State DE Bradley Chubb round out the top three.
Apr 24 - 7:35 PM

USC QB Sam Darnold will be the youngest passer drafted in the first round since the NFL merger in 1970.

Darnold will turn 21 years old on June 5. Darnold likely won't start as a rookie if he goes to the Browns, but if he does he'll be the youngest to do so in week one. It adds fuel to the fire that Darnold has room for improvement. He also has played the position for that long.
Apr 24 - 8:56 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay hears that the Jets would take USC QB Sam Darnold if he's still on the board.

The Jets and Browns are the two teams everyone is "sure" will take a quarterback, and McShay hears that Darnold (6'4/220) is their top choice. If Darnold is the first pick as many expect, Baker Mayfield and Josh Rosen are the next two options they are considering. It's interesting to note that Josh Allen isn't listed here, so he could slide out of the top five if things play out this way. We think the Mayfield vs. Rosen choice -- if it comes to fruition -- will be one of the more fascinating things to watch for on Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout says "no situation is too big" for USC QB Sam Darnold.

In a poll of 14 personnel executives, Darnold ranked 1st and was largely complimented on his abilities and character traits. Speaking more to his character one scout said, "He’s a great kid. I think he’s a better locker-room guy" while another scout added, "I love the makeup and the character." Beyond being viewed as a good "locker-room guy" he is also a talented quarterback. The main concerns lie with him racking up 43 turnovers in 24 starts at USC. One scout said "The turnovers are a major concern" but believes they can be fixed. Darnold is currently the odds-on favorite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
Apr 22 - 4:06 PM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports that the Cleveland Browns have discussed the possibility of drafting two quarterbacks.

This is not just one little birdie talking to Clark -- he writes that he's spoken to multiple sources within the Browns organization regarding this possibility. There's a huge gap between discussion and end reality, of course, but two quarterbacks to the same team in one draft is not completely beyond the pale. The most recent high-profile example of this came when the Redskins drafted both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins several years back. Far more fanciful than the possibility of selecting two quarterbacks in the draft as a whole, the possibility of selecting quarterbacks at both the No. 1 and No. 4 picks.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 1:22 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang ranks Sam Darnold at the top of his 2018 NFL Draft board.

Darnold is followed by UCLA QB Josh Rosen, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson and NC State edge-rusher Bradley Chubb. Darnold ranked at the top of many boards coming into the year -- if not most -- but his stock wavered after an inconsistent sophomore season. Rang remains very high on the Trojan gunslinger, in large part because of his strong pro day. "Darnold is accurate, including on the move, and also shows very good instincts and anticipation for such a young quarterback," he writes. "Darnold plays bigger than his size and shows good overall athleticism."
Apr 16 - 9:39 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along that USC QB Sam Darnold is taking an official predraft visit to the Giants on Monday.

What the Giants do with the No. 2 overall pick may well end up playing a significant part in how the first round ends up shaking out. If they select Darnold -- in this scenario, the Browns take Josh Allen -- then that could potentially open the floodgates for teams to begin jumping over each other in an attempt to beat the early quarterback rush. If, however, they opt to select Saquon Barkley (or another non-quarterback) at No. 2, that could have the ultimate impact of pushing a signal-caller such as Josh Rosen down the board. Darnold will be visiting with the other New York team in the Jets on Tuesday.
Apr 16 - 5:59 PM

In a conversation with The MMQB's Peter King, Saints coach Sean Payton suggested USC QB Sam Darnold is the passer he is most comfortable with sticking in the NFL.

Payton opened by saying he would feel "uneasy" if he were selecting a quarterback at the top of the draft. "I wouldn’t be surprised if only one of these guys is left standing in four or five years, and if so, I’d guess it would be Sam Darnold." The interesting part of this conversation is the Saints are in the quarterback market. Maybe not in round one, but they've been poking around this group for sure. We appreciate Payton's honesty and to not hide behind anonymity.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 16 - 9:21 AM

NDT Scouting's Jonah Tuls compares QB Sam Darnold to Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Tuls has Darnold as No. 1 overall quarterback but acknowledges he is a polarizing prospect. Tuls explains, "He was able to show the most promise on tape from the quarterback position. Whether it was the arm talent to make plays at all three levels of the field, the ball placement to drop those passes in, the pocket presence and accuracy on the run, or his mobility inside and outside of the pocket, Darnold showed that he can be the real deal with continued development." Darnold is an elite prospect who seemed to be a lock to go No. 1 overall a few weeks ago but since then reports have suggested Josh Allen may be in the mix as well. It's unsure whether he will be selected at No. 1, but he should definitely be selected within the top five picks of the NFL draft.
Apr 15 - 6:15 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USC QB Sam Darnold will be taking an official predraft visit to the Jets.

The exact day for Darnold's visit hasn't been divulged. After weeks in which it looked as though he was trending toward the No. 1 selection by the Browns, there's been a burble of rumors that Cleveland might actually be targeting Josh Allen with that first pick. That opens up the possibility that Gang Green could actually be in play for the USC signal-caller, a scenario that seemed a stretch just a few weeks ago. It's very possible that the Giants would select Darnold at No. 2 should Cleveland pass on him, though. We're just over two weeks away from finding out. Get your popcorn ready.
Apr 10 - 12:33 PM