Sam Darnold declares for draft

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Shortly after the highly touted quarterback prospect across town declared for the NFL draft, Sam Darnold followed. The USC quarterback announced he will forgo his final season and enter the NFL draft, the same decision UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made earlier Wednesday.

“After talking to my immediate family, very close friends, and many people who have helped me throughout my life, I have made the decision to declare for the 2018 NFL draft,” Darnold said in an Instagram post. “I’ve been blessed that my life has been full of memorable moments and wonderful people. The people who have been involved in making me the man I am today have prepared me for the life and decisions that I have to make in the future.”

Darnold didn’t help his draft stock when he threw a pick-six and lost two fumbles in a 24-7 loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl last week. The question is: Did he hurt his draft stock?

He entered the season as the top draft prospect but threw 13 interceptions and lost an NCAA-worst eight fumbles.

62 responses to “Sam Darnold declares for draft

  1. This guy has bust written all over him and he went to USC. Carson is the only thing to come out of that school QB wise. You all seen what my Buckeyes did to this kid. Don’t do it Browns.

  2. Naturally. He might have benefited from another year to hone in his skill-set, but it comes down to making a business decision. Hitting free agency one year earlier means potentially a couple million extra dollars.

  3. Waited for Josh Rosen to volunteer for the firing squad in Cleveland so he can go to the Giants. Someone should tell Haslam that the QB the Browns selects needs to be system flexible since Jackson will install his system … and fail again.

  4. The Browns got a horrible QB in DeShone Kizer who was not ready for the NFL. Darnold like Kizer simply is not ready and he may never be.

  5. funny how some feel this guy is a bust…..pretty much a lock that pac 12 qb’s will go 1-2 in the draft

  6. Love the so called experts on here who know nothing about the game! this dude plays like ben roethlisberger! how has his career worked out losers? Go watch wheel of fortune because you haters know nothing about the game!

  7. Giants won’t take either QB. But will trade out because someone will want him or Allen at #2.

    All 4 QB prospects look like busts. From inaccuracy, to fragile, to whatever. But every year teams trade up. Every single year. Works sometimes and sometimes it does not.

    Can Wentz or Watson hold up? No one knows. If they can’t survive a season how can Rosen?

  8. This guy is not even close to being an elite quarterback, much less NFL-ready. He will be gone in no time.

  9. This kid will be the number one pick in the draft. The experts let Tom Brady go in the 6th round and Joe Montana in the 3rd. We’re just fans, most of us, but our opinions are just as valid as theirs. We just don’t get paid millions of dollars to make those huge mistakes.

  10. Looks like Mark Sanchez all over again, but I would have left too. His stock only went down this year, and chances are if he can’t play in the NFL now, staying in college wasn’t going to change that contrary to popular belief.

    Interesting how much the perception of this draft has changed as opposed to the one last year that all of the talking heads parroted to us had no NFL caliber QBs in, except that it ended up having one of the best prospects to come along in years at the position and Mahomes who everyone is raving about too. Just goes to show that they just repeat what they’re told, which is why I pay none of them no mind. Remember, Blaine Gabbert was clearly better than Cam Newton to someone somewhere on some planet, lol.

  11. Darnold is going to be a good one. I have watched 90% of his USC games – he has everything. No one has mentioned how it took the USC offense time to find an identity after losing players to the NFL. Once the USC offense started to gel all the turnovers went down. The bowl game was more on Deontay Burnett fumbling on the first drive and than dropping the third down conversion – those two plays changed the game plan for USC. Darnold is big, athletic and accurate so stop with the Kizer comparisons. Kizer’s accuracy was bad in college and it stinks in the pros like he does.

  12. ESPN reports that the Washington Redskins will bundle a decade of first round draft picks to draft up for this player.

    According to an unnamed team source, “We have to move on from Kirk Cousins and we want to show our fans that we can repeat the success of squandering four draft picks for our previous savior. We know if we bundle ten picks that we’ll get this right. We’ll let Kirk win a Super Bowl with another team as we prove to the rest of the world we never lose an off season to anyone – never!”

  13. A bunch of teams need a QB this draft. Darnold realized this is his chance to go top 10 even though be blew his draft stock.

  14. Goodjob. You were the #1 QB before the season started and people just started picking at all his faults. Imagine if you stayed another year. Go now take the at the very minimum 20million guaranteed.

  15. Best QB in the draft is the kid from Wyoming, Josh Allen….great arm, accurate, mobile, teachable and humble

    Darnold and Rosen….not so much

  16. I’m still all in for Baker Mayfield. I think his enthusiasm is infectious and can bring the love of playing, scoring, and winning back to Cleveland. Rosen is fragile; a china doll who has had several concussions so far and other physical issues. Darnold is just an over-hyped surf-jockey basking in the glow of California-itis. And the guy from Wyoming is just that: a guy from Wyoming. But think of this . . . none of these top rated QBs ended the year as a star . . .they all were snuffed out, all lost, in their final game. Tsk!Tsk!Tsk!

  17. Lol most of you have no idea what your talking about let alone watching when the guy plays, he definitely has talent will he be a hall of famer who knows but he can definitely be a solid QB in the league.

  18. This guy has bust written all over him and he went to USC. Carson is the only thing to come out of that school QB wise. You all seen what my Buckeyes did to this kid. Don’t do it Browns.

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    Darnold is supposed to protect as well?? Last I check that line of his was swiss cheese that day.. Not sure how a football fan can blame Sam on that..

  19. I seriously don’t know what you all were watching but this guy can throw the rock, period. If you’re really watching what’s going on his ball placement fantastic. Receivers getting hit in stride at FULL speed. Balls dropped in over defenders. Etc. those are NFL throws. Getting beat up because of poor line play isn’t a concern. This guy would light it up if he has the time Kizer generally had to stand back there. I for one think this guy is going to be the real deal.

  20. A lot of quarterback gurus on PFT.

    If put in the right situation, Darnold can be great. If thrown into a bad spot and forced to play after learning the NFL for a couple months, he probably won’t make it. That seems to be how it goes with quarterbacks drafted in the 1st round.

  21. Many turnovers in college generally means even more turnovers in the NFL.

    A turnover machine in the NFL has a very short shelf life, unless you are Brett Favre, and this kid is no Brett Favre.

  22. What a difference a year makes. One year ago this kid was the greatest since Luck, now he’s a bust?? He is far from a bust. How good he becomes at the next level will depend on his work ethic and will they provide time to develop. Goff year 1 STUNK! Trubisky…stinks, Wentz…up and down, P Manning….28 picks, Rodgers…benchwarmer, Brady….benchwarmer…..

    The decision to draft is based on the potential of a player at the NFL level, otherwise why do teams sign college hoops players for TE’s that never played college FB. Darnold shows that NFL potential.

  23. There were some raps on Marino also and he fell in the draft. Question is whether there’s a corollary here.

  24. A lot of people labeled Aaron Rodgers the next Cal qb to bust in the NFL. Look how that turned out. Not saying Darnold is the next AR, but just be careful in labeling players in certain positions from certain schools as busts because of their predecessors.

  25. He was better last year, which SHOULD make scouts think twice. He’ll make a great throw then toss it straight to a defender he should have seen on the very next play. WAY too many turnovers–not just INTs but he fumbles a lot, as well.

  26. None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level. The only thing we know for certain is that whoever the Browns pick will not succeed. Everything else is a crapshoot.

  27. hemattstapiece says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:37 am
    None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level.
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    True. How dare we have the nerve to express our opinions.

  28. themattstapiece says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:37 am

    None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level. The only thing we know for certain is that whoever the Browns pick will not succeed. Everything else is a crapshoot.
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    None of us have any idea who will succeed. . . But, YOU know for certain that whoever the Browns pick will no succeed. Interesting how no one else can know anything, but you do.

  29. themattstapiece says:

    January 4, 2018 at 11:37 am

    None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level. The only thing we know for certain is that whoever the Browns pick will not succeed. Everything else is a crapshoot.
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    YOU don’t either!

  30. themattstapiece says:

    January 4, 2018 at 11:37 am

    None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level. The only thing we know for certain is that whoever the Browns pick will not succeed. Everything else is a crapshoot.
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    YOU don’t either!

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    Right, obviously. Thanks for keeping up with my Browns comment.

  31. Will his pro-day include carrying the clipboard; viewing the Microsoft Surface; how does he prefer to wear his ballcap?

  32. themattstapiece says:
    January 4, 2018 at 11:37 am

    None of you have any idea who will succeed at the next level. The guys who make the big bucks have no idea which of these guys will be successful at the next level. The only thing we know for certain is that whoever the Browns pick will not succeed. Everything else is a crapshoot.
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    None of us have any idea who will succeed. . . But, YOU know for certain that whoever the Browns pick will no succeed. Interesting how no one else can know anything, but you do.
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    It’s a joke. Perhaps I should have wrote it as “none of us can know…. but the only thing we know for sure…” The joke was a) bad and b) and the Browns’ expense, not yours.

    Sheesh

  33. This will be another great test of who has the better instincts or understanding of talent. The legacy media touts Darnold as a future star while the unwashed masses on this site vote Darnold will be a disappointment.

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