Sam Darnold Not Ready To Make NFL Decision


Quarterback talents like that are rare - dominant college stars who get gobbled up in the first round as future franchise quarterbacks. After the regular season finished and everyone was still riding the Sam Darnold hype train, Kanell became the conductor for USC's own hype train.

Just realize how different they are. The junior from Serra set a Cotton Bowl record with 12 catches, which gave him 139 yards on the night.

The Buckeyes' defensive front harassed Southern California and quarterback Sam Darnold all Friday night in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, building a lead nearly by itself and protecting it in a 24-7 victory.

Jones, a junior, said he planned to remain in touch with Darnold before the January 15 early entry deadline.

Darnold threw for 356 yards on 26-of-45 passing.

And now comes Darnold. "It's been a dream of mine for some time to play in the National Football League and any team that would want to give me that opportunity to be a part of their organization, it'd mean the world to me". When you look back at that Oklahoma game, some players tried to do too much and did more than their job. What could happen if you come back?

"If we do our job and he whups us, then he whups us".

First up, though, is a matchup Friday with the Ohio State Buckeyes, who will counter offensively with a Texan at quarterback who will be starting his 50th career game.

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On USC's third play from scrimmage, Darnold found receiver Deontay Burnett for a first down, but Buckeyes cornerback Kendall Sheffield poked the ball away and into the waiting arms of safety Damon Webb.

Darnold is also a very good athlete, better than he's given credit for, and can make plays with his legs. While he gained only 100 yards on the ground, it would be a mistake to say he isn't mobile. "He can feel pressure and escape it while keeping his eyes down field and make throws you don't actually see in college".

Schiano said Mayfield may get more credit for throwing on the move, but Darnold is just as effective at it. "Last year, we didn't win a Pac-12 championship".

"He's got all the time in the world", USC coach Clay Helton said. "He's an an underrated athlete". "But it's tough. I'll look at everything and make my decision after that".

Darnold referenced his backyard football habits and having fun with the game to explain why getting outside the pocket and improvising works so well for him, even as he knows his footwork can get sloppy at times.

Bradley Chubb is arguably the best defensive player in the entire 2018 draft class.

The Buckeyes have seen a couple quarterbacks like him, but not many.

Still, Darnold is now three years out of high school, which means he satisfies the NFL's requirements to be draft eligible. Helton said he would help connect Darnold with anyone he would like to receive advice from. With two picks in the top six, this is Cleveland's chance to have a dream draft - or miss out again. "In those games we weren't able to do that".