Sam Darnold: If I looked at mock drafts I’d drive myself insane

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There are mock drafts that have Sam Darnold going first overall to the Browns, mock drafts that have Darnold going third overall to the Jets, and mock drafts that have some other team trading up to get Darnold at No. 2. But Darnold wouldn’t know.

Darnold said this morning on PFT Live that he doesn’t look at mock drafts and thinks the whole concept is maddening.

“I haven’t looked at mock drafts,” Darnold said. “If I looked at those a lot I think I would drive myself insane. With the draft coming up I’m just trying to spend time with my family and close friends. There’s so many mock drafts out there I haven’t been able to keep up with them.”

Darnold’s approach is the smart one: Mock drafts are mostly useless. No one knows where anyone is going, and NFL sources are blowing so much smoke in the days leading up to the draft that even the best-connected draft analysts get fooled. A player could go crazy trying to keep track of where all the mock drafts have him going. Darnold will wait to find out on Thursday.

27 responses to “Sam Darnold: If I looked at mock drafts I’d drive myself insane

  1. Mock drafts are funny … no one even gets close to getting the top 5 picks correct, yet people get excited to see who their team might draft.

  2. “Mock drafts are mostly useless. No one knows where anyone is going, and NFL sources are blowing so much smoke in the days leading up to the draft that even the best-connected draft analysts get fooled. ”

    Amen MDS. This is basic Draft 101. Not “chess versus checkers” as some would like to say. Everyone keeps their picks close to the vest – most of the time because let’s face it the Luck pick was telegraphed before the prior season began. But this year has some potential intrigue at the top of the draft and no one is doing anything more than guessing.

  3. How different will his financial life be if he’s drafted 1st or 10th?
    Bradford was the last where number one made a difference.
    It’s the second contract that matters. That dude in GB fell to 22nd(?) seems to be doing OK as far as the bank account.
    I’m sure 5th-6th round picks drive themselves insane wondering if they will be drafted. Most others just wonder who will take them, which can drive them insane. These 4 QB’s can be pretty certain they are going to be on 1 of 6 teams.
    He should enjoy that and not drive himself insane.

  4. A great call by Darnold. They constantly change and everyone puts out many so which ever one is closest the person will refer back to that one. Similar to the march madness brackets with some people blowing a smoke screen till the end, I guess so they can feel like a GM.

  5. Mock drafts really set these kids up to look bad. Someone who has only seen a few highlights says they will go top 5, and then when they get drafted in the bottom half of the first round or top of the second, they have a camera stuck in their face with someone asking how it feels.
    I would be very proud of my son if he was drafted in the second round. Because a
    ” draft guru” put a first round grade on a kid, he should be disappointed instead of happpy.

  6. Acknowledging that he could go insane makes him a perfect fit for The Browns. As far as mock drafts, it’s like listening to experts predicting the NCAA basketball tournament even when it gets down to the Sweet 16.

  7. If I was a Team looking at this years draft for my solution at QB Id go insane.. while the QB group is deep there is really no one that is the complete package, the most physically gifted also looks the worst on tape, the most consistent of the group is also the smallest, another physically gifted but no experience in a pro style offence, and a few well rounded by very mediocre .. and none of the above really compare to the top two QBs from the last few years drafts.. good luck especially if your the Browns

  8. packers291 says:

    This turnover machine is a perfect fit for cleveland
    ************

    If I remember correctly, the Browns traded their “turnover machine” to the Packers.

    Have fun with Deshone Kizer.

  9. It’s funny to read these bloggers and journalists rushing to post their “inside information” about a team’s desires or likely drafting a certain player. They’re being used by GMs, “disgruntled staffers”, and agents yet they still think they got a hot scoop, as if a team is going to tell a journalist who they plan to draft. Then fans get all mad at their team for not drafting the guy that the “experts” said they were going to draft.

  10. Mock drafts are funny. When you watch the first round on TV, these experts, analysts, and mock drafts just don’t cut it. Kiper, is sure to throw a fit because the teams drafted wrong and don’t agree with his picks. Same with the other experts. THEN, they grade each teams drafts the next day.

  11. “I haven’t looked at mock drafts,” Darnold said….There’s so many mock drafts out there I haven’t been able to keep up with them.”
    Which is it?
    Sounds insane.

  12. Dude, listen, you played only TWO (2) YEARS of collegiate football. You should be happy to get drafted in Round 7, man. If you were a better QB than your predecessors Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, The Sanchize, then we might give you some credit, but dude, you’re only as good as The Sanchize, maybe Leinart, but definitely not better than Palmer.

    And they said Baker Mayfield was “arrogant”… chile, pleeze.

  13. I missed PFT live this morning so not sure if Florio asked this question but Rich Eisen asked Darnold today which city he would rather live in: Cleveland, New York, or Denver (or Buffalo, can’t remember). The kid knows whatever he says could make or break his future because the media twists every word that comes out of these guys’ mouths. I find it disrespectful to ask such a question in an attempt to get him to slip up simply to bust his balls on live TV. Darnold was clearly flustered while explaining he wouldn’t answer the question. Not sure why these show hosts want to try to affect what is likely the biggest moment of these players’ lives.

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