Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

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No college has produced more than five first overall picks in the NFL draft. But if the Browns take Sam Darnold first overall on Thursday night, he’ll be the sixth No. 1 pick from USC.

Southern Cal is one of three schools to have five first overall draft picks. The others, Auburn and Notre Dame, don’t have any players with a chance to go first overall this year. But Darnold remains under consideration for the Browns.

USC’s previous first overall picks were tackle Ron Yary to the Vikings in 1968, running back O.J. Simpson to the Bills in 1969, running back Ricky Bell to the Buccaneers in 1977, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to the Jets in 1996, and quarterback Carson Palmer to the Bengals in 2003.

USC has also had the most first-round picks of any school since 1967, when the AFL and NFL combined their drafts. USC has had 69 first-round picks. Ohio State is next with 64, Miami has had 60, and no other school has had even 50 first-round picks in the common draft era.

34 responses to “Sam Darnold could be the sixth USC player drafted first overall

  1. I remember when Reggie Bush was a lock to go #1 and the Texans took Mario Williams out of nowhere. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Browns draft a different QB or a player that nobody is expecting.

  2. The best place for Sam Darnold is Cleveland. They run Air Coryell and Hue Jackson, AL Saunders, and Todd Hayley all can develop QBs.

    His anticipation, accuracy, and gunslinger mentality will make him perfect for Coryell.

    NYG will be perfect for Rosen because he needs to learn how to be a CEO of a team..Eli Manning is the perfect role model.

    Josh Allen will be a perfect for Denver, but he would need 2-3 years to develop in Musgrave’s system. He really would have been perfect for Kubiak/Shanahan’s scheme where he would run a lot of boot action and waggles. He’s best and most accurate when throwing on the run.

    Baker Mayfield would be successful if picked in the 2nd round to a loaded team who’s a QB away from competing. Drafting him high in the 1st round to a team that needs a QB savior is dangerous.

  3. Denver fan here & nfl fan of 60 yrs. I love Mayfield & think any other QB is a reach, but that’s always been the way. No way do I want Denver to draft Allen. It’s funny after the disaster that Paxton & Osweiller have been we kid around here that Elway will only draft a QB if they are 6.5 or taller! LOL While I think Darnold has a good chance to be a good QB, I love Baker’s story and attitude. And we have Case Keenum for 2 yrs. After the 2yrs we can keep one or the other or both.

  4. Sam Darnold WILL be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft-why? Because he had an “outstanding” pro day on a rain soaked day. There is nothing that will excite a coach more than a player having an outstanding day in poor conditions. The Cleveland Browns won’t be stupid enough to pass on Sam Darnold like they did Carson Wentz-or will they (See Hue Jackson-good position coach, good coordinator-poor head coach).

  5. Baker will be better than all of them. There one franchise QB in this draft and it’s Baker. He’s the most accurate QB in the draft and it’s not close.

  6. He could be, he might be, he, he….he may be. Enough with the speculation.

  7. Baker is a bust- Rosen is a distraction and a bust
    Darold will do better than average
    Josh Allen is the true Pocket Passer and best suited QB in this draft

  8. Many commenters assume the present Brown’s front office is the same as past ones. Don’t think so.

  9. Josh Rosen = Carson Palmer 2.0
    Sam Darnold = Cade McNown 2.0

    Ironic, isn’t it?
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    Cade McNown was a jerk of a teammate and his shoulder got shredded. Now maybe those things could be true of Darnold but probably not and you really have no clue until he gets into the league.

    Stupid analogy isnt it?

  10. Not sure what QB Dorsey will pick, but I’m sure the Browns will have 3 first round picks by the end of the night. That 4th slot is going to have every QB hungry team calling. #1 Browns QB, #2 Giants QB or another team gets a QB by a trade, #3 Jets QB, #4 Somebody want Barkley or a team that definitely wants to get their QB. I could actually see a team pull an RGIII type trade just to get their guy. Some team is going panic.

  11. afarmenian says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Cade McNown was a jerk of a teammate and his shoulder got shredded. Now maybe those things could be true of Darnold but probably not and you really have no clue until he gets into the league.

    Stupid analogy isnt it?

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    I love how you completely left out the fact that McNown was having a horrible season (and career) with the Bears before he hurt his shoulder. And yeah, obviously I don’t know how their careers will turn out. It’s called making a prediction, something 99% of football fans do. I personally think Josh Rosen’s career will be similar to Carson’s Palmer’s (similar build, arm strength, weaknesses, etc.) and that Darnolds career will be similar to McNown’s (again, similar build, arm strength, weaknesses, etc.). Will I be wrong? Maybe. Will I be right? Maybe. Who knows? You certainly don’t.

    Sue me.

  12. sterling7 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    Sam Darnold WILL be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft-why? Because he had an “outstanding” pro day on a rain soaked day. There is nothing that will excite a coach more than a player having an outstanding day in poor conditions.
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    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

    The Buffalo Bills worked out E.J. Manuel on a rainy, wet day and came away impressed because he “handled the ball well in the weather”. That cannot be the only criteria for drafting a QB that high.

  13. Unless he isn’t.

    2012 QB class:

    1-1 Andrew Luck
    1-2 Robert Griffin
    1-8 Ryan Tannenhill
    1-22 Brandon Weeden
    2-57 Brock Osweiler
    3-75 Russell Wilson
    3-88 Nick Foles

    4-102 Kirk Cousins
    6-185 Ryan Lindley
    7-243 B. J. Coleman
    7-253 Chandler Harnish (mr. irrelevant)
    UDFA Case Keenum

    As can be seen in the list above, QB value can be found in later rounds. Wilson and Foles are SB champions and they were both taken in the 3rd round in the same draft.
    Cousins in the 4th round and Keenum a UDFA were also great picks, much better than RGIII at #2 or Weeden at #22 (Browns).
    If the Cleveland Browns do not select Saquon Barkley with the 1st pick he will not be there at #4.

  14. If Darnold ever wins a SB, he will be the FIRST successful USC QB in the NFL.
    Every prior USC QB in the Nfl proved their college successes were rooted in playing for USC with its vast semi-pro level rosters overwhelming regular college teams.
    If Darnold ends up winning a SB, the he should get all the credit he then deserves. If not, he is just another hyped USC QB who did very well in college on the strength of USC’s semi-pro rosters.

  15. Barkley #1, Baker #4, build back the O-line and Defense, 2-3 years from now, playoff team and major threat in the division due to the other teams not having a QB. Big Ben has 2 years left max.

  16. If Darnold ever wins a SB, he will be the FIRST successful USC QB in the NFL.
    Every prior USC QB in the Nfl proved their college successes were rooted in playing for USC with its vast semi-pro level rosters overwhelming regular college teams.
    If Darnold ends up winning a SB, the he should get all the credit he then deserves. If not, he is just another hyped USC QB who did very well in college on the strength of USC’s semi-pro rosters.

    Right.

    Another USC Beach Bum. No Trojan QB has ever won a Super Bowl. None.

  17. Sam Darnold WILL be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft-why? Because he had an “outstanding” pro day on a rain soaked day. There is nothing that will excite a coach more than a player having an outstanding day in poor conditions. The Cleveland Browns won’t be stupid enough to pass on Sam Darnold like they did Carson Wentz-or will they

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    Remember we are talking about the browns here.

  18. Browns fans I’m really hoping things finally work out you and your club.
    If it’s me drafting I’d still be tempted to draft Chubb and see what happens by 4.

  19. The Browns have the dubious distinction of having a coach who has amassed the worse record for a team in NFL history over a two year period. No other team is close to having a coach as bad as the bumbling Hue Jackson.

    Hue is an USC guy.

    What do you expect him to do?

  20. dejadoh says:
    April 22, 2018 at 11:47 am
    The Browns have the dubious distinction of having a coach who has amassed the worse record for a team in NFL history over a two year period. No other team is close to having a coach as bad as the bumbling Hue Jackson.

    Hue is an USC guy.
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    Hue Jackson only co-ordinated at USC. He is not an alumnus.

  21. You know, looking at the QB panic in this draft, If the Browns take Barkley at 1, then Chubb at 4, they get the 2 projected/potential Hall of Famers in the draft. Then with the CERTAIN QB picks being made, Denver is still picking when there will be 1 of the big 4 QB’s left and they need an RB.

    With Barkley off the board, Cleveland could offer Denver Carlos Hyde plus their 2nd rd & next years 1st rd pick (which would be a killing for Denver) and STILL draft either Rosen or Allen, whoever would be left.

    THATS a HUGE win-win for both teams…and no one can stop it if Denver agrees.

    (Cleveland could STEAL this draft.)

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