Sam Darnold RUMORS & NEWS

Sam Darnold

Position Quarterback
Height 6'4"
Weight 220 lbs
Birthplace Capistrano Beach, California
Current Team Southern California
  • Sam Darnold, Josh Allen to visit Giants this week

    Newsday "The Giants will have two of the top quarterbacks in the upcoming draft at their complex for private visits this week, although the chances remain high that only one of them will be available when the team is on the clock at No. 2 next week. Sam Darnold of USC is expected to arrive on Monday..." April 16

  • Report: Browns still undecided on QB prospects 2 weeks from draft

    The Score "Two weeks from the 2018 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have yet to make a final call on which quarterback prospect they favor, Albert Breer of The MMQB reports. The Browns will host Josh Allen on an official team visit on Thursday. He'll be the fourth among quarterbacks Sam Darnold, Josh..." April 12

  • Jets To Work Out Sam Darnold

    Pro Football Rumors "The Jets will bring USC quarterback Sam Darnold in for a top 30 visit in the coming days, Albert Breer of The MMQB tweets. Darnold was not listed on the Jets’ schedule as of a couple of weeks ago, but they now have a meeting lined up. The Jets hold the third overall pick in the draft, but it..." April 10

  • Bills To Work Out Sam Darnold

    Pro Football Rumors "Bills representatives will travel to Los Angeles to work out Sam Darnold this week, Ian Rapoport of reports (on Twitter). Darnold will throw for this contingent on Friday, per Rapoport. He’s a virtual certainty to go in the top five and probably in the top two, but the Bills have been..." April 09

  • Report: Browns still deciding between Sam Darnold, Josh Allen for top pick

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Browns have been on the clock for the 2018 NFL Draft for more than three months now, but head coach Hue Jackson said recently that the team has no idea who they are taking with the top overall pick. According to one report, it will definitely be a quarterback. Jason La Canfora of..." April 09

  • For some teams drafting a quarterback high, disaster is inevitable

    Pro Football Talk "With possibly four quarterbacks taken in the first five picks and five (maybe six) quarterbacks taken in the first 32 selections, each of the teams that writes the name of a quarterback on a first-round draft card will believe that they are getting a franchise-changing guy. In the end, up to half..." April 09

  • Report: Giants will take Sam Darnold if he is there

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Giants own the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft later this month, with the chance to either mine an eventual franchise quarterback of the future to replace Eli Manning, or add an elite prospect to a team that finished 3-13 in 2017. If general manager Dave Gettleman opts to invest the..." April 09

  • Sam Darnold switches flight back from Cleveland to throw for Ronald Jones II at 2nd pro day

    ESPN "Running back Ronald Jones II lowered his 40-yard dash time Thursday and caught passes from Sam Darnold, who switched his flight from Cleveland so he could throw for his former USC teammate. Jones and former Trojans wide receiver Deontay Burnett participated in the special second pro day workout..." April 06

  • Broncos work out Sam Darnold on Friday "The Broncos continued to evaluate this year’s crop of quarterback prospects with a stop in Los Angeles. A Broncos contingent, led by President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and Head Coach Vance Joseph, held a private workout with former USC quarterback Sam Darnold on..." April 06

  • Sam Darnold to work out for Broncos this week

    Clutch Points "In the weeks leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft, there hasn’t been a clear plan laid out for what the Denver Broncos aim to do with the fifth overall pick. General manager John Elway has voiced that he is open to all options on the table that could help improve the franchise for the long..." April 03

  • Report: Browns have told Draft QBs to prepare for a redshirt

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Browns have publicly named veteran quarterback Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback this season. “He is going to be the starting quarterback. There is no competition. It is the first time I have had the chance to do that. That is what it does for me. It really gives me a chance..." April 02

  • Ryan Leaf: Top QB should pull an Eli Manning to avoid the Browns

    Pro Football Talk "Ryan Leaf knows something about being a draft bust, and he thinks the key to avoid being a bust is to avoid going to the wrong place. And in Leaf’s mind, that means avoiding Cleveland. Leaf said on FS1 that he would urge a top quarterback like USC’s Sam Darnold to tell his agent, “We can’t end..." March 31

  • New York Jets not scheduled to workout Sam Darnold

    Clutch Points "The New York Jets may want people to believe that they traded up to No. 3 in the draft with no one specific in mind, but the football-loving free world knows that can’t be entirely true. With most of the teams at the top of the draft expected to take quarterbacks, they must have traded up to make..." March 29

  • Wonderlic scores leaked, Josh Allen dominates the competition

    Sportsnaut "It’s part of the evaluation process. It might not be the end all. Some might have major issues with the questions posed in the Wonderlic test at the annual NFL Scouting Combine. That’s fine. Teams still use the test as a way to evaluate potential draft picks. In what has been a continual theme..." March 29

  • Jim Mora: I'd take Darnold over Rosen if I were Cleveland Browns "Former UCLA head coach Jim Mora recruited Josh Rosen and had a front-row seat to his tenure as the Bruins' QB for the past three seasons. However, if Mora were advising the Cleveland Browns on whom to take with the first overall pick, he'd suggest they pass on Rosen for a QB against whom he used..." March 27

  • Report: Giants will pass on quarterback unless Sam Darnold is available

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Giants reportedly won’t be going quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick — unless their preferred option is available. According to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, USC quarterback Sam Darnold is the only quarterback the Giants would take unless general manager Dave Gettleman goes against the..." March 23

  • Browns eyeing Sam Darnold as 'franchise QB,' No. 1 pick

    CBS Sports "Taking too much away from a quarterback's pro day falls under the same sort of folly as getting overexcited about a quarterback's 40 time. And yet, it's hard not to be excited about what Sam Darnold did during his USC pro day ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft. Certainly the Browns are excited, as most..." March 23

  • Jets send top decision makers to Sam Darnold's pro day

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Jets have a prominent group of decision makers in Los Angeles on Wednesday for USC quarterback Sam Darnold's pro day. That group includes head coach Todd Bowles, general manager Mike Maccagnan, and player personnel director Brian Heimerdinger (Maccagnan's right-hand man), according to..." March 21

  • Sam Darnold 'a lock' for Browns at No. 1 overall

    Yardbarker "Sam Darnold held his pro day in the rain at USC Wednesday, and the Cleveland Browns were extremely well represented as he went through his workout. Darnold performed admirably, dropping dimes despite the heavy rain. According to Benjamin Allbright, citing a team source that is picking in the..." March 21

  • Sam Darnold impresses throwing in the rain at USC pro day

    CBS Sports "Because Sam Darnold decided not to throw at the combine, his showing at the USC pro day was more highly anticipated than the rest of the quarterbacks in the 2018 draft class, and Mother Nature added more intrigue to it. Darnold executed his scripted throwing session in front of a plethora of..." March 21

  • ‘No fear’: The Sam Darnold argument from one who knows best

    New York Post "USC head coach Clay Helton, admittedly biased, has a message for the Browns, for the Giants, for the Jets … for any NFL franchise searching for its next franchise quarterback. “I can’t think of a better guy to start off an organization and be your quarterback than Sam Darnold,” Helton told The..." March 21

  • Report: Full Browns contingent headed for Sam Darnold's Pro Day

    247 Sports "The Cleveland Browns are treating the USC Pro Day on Mar. 21 as another NFL Combine according to ESPN Cleveland. Quarterback Sam Darnold elected not to throw in Indianapolis so the front office and coaching staff must travel to the West Coast in order to better compare Darnold to the other..." March 19

  • Sam Darnold says not throwing at combine was “best decision for me”

    Pro Football Talk "Scouts may or may not learn something new about the quarterbacks who are throwing today. They will learn nothing new about Sam Darnold because he’s not throwing. The USC quarterback, who drew criticism from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock for his decision, explained at as the “best decision” for..." March 03

  • Sam Darnold not tinkering with throwing motion "If there's any tinkering to be done with Sam Darnold's throwing motion, it'll be up to the team that drafts him to do so. The former USC quarterback isn't changing anything, despite scouting concerns that his delivery can be too elongated. "I'm not trying to change my throwing motion at all. I..." March 02

  • Report | Sam Darnold won’t throw at NFL Combine

    Fanrag Sports "University of Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold will not throw at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine and will instead focus on athletic testing and interviews, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. However, Darnold will throw at USC’s pro day, which is currently scheduled for March..." February 27

  • Sam Darnold gets Mayock’s vote as the top quarterback in the draft

    Pro Football Talk "In what looks like a strong draft for quarterbacks, we’ll spend much of the next two months debating which one is the best. Score one vote for USC’s Sam Darnold. Mike Mayock of NFL Network has released his draft rankings, and he lists Darnold as the No. 1 quarterback. Next is Wyoming’s Josh..." February 15

  • Sam Darnold: Giants would be an amazing opportunity for me

    247 Sports "Sam Darnold will not cause any kind of quarterback controversy if he is drafted by the New York Giants. In fact, Darnold would relish the opportunity to learn from and play behind Eli Manning should the opportunity arise. “I was at the Manning Passing Academy, it was a great opportunity for..." February 02

  • Evaluators believe Browns will pick Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield No. 1

    Larry Brown Sports "The consensus is that the Cleveland Browns will use the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on a quarterback, but nobody knows yet which it will be. Rival evaluators, however, think they have an idea. According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, there is a belief that Baker Mayfield is firmly in the..." January 27

  • Giants GM won’t say if Darnold, Rosen turning pro affects Eli

    Yardbarker "The New York Giants have the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and they are in search of their next franchise quarterback. With both Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold deciding to turn pro, some have wondered if that makes it less likely that Eli Manning will be back with the team in..." January 05

  • Sam Darnold Declares for 2018 NFL Draft Minutes After Josh Rosen

    Bleacher Report "USC quarterback Sam Darnold announced Wednesday he's forgoing his final two years of eligibility with the Trojans to enter the 2018 NFL draft. His announcement came minutes after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen declared, as Greg Beacham the Associated Press noted: Darnold rose to prominence..." January 03

  • Scouting Sam Darnold in Cotton Bowl: QB not up to challenge "I made the trip to the Cotton Bowl on Friday night because I wanted to see how USC QB Sam Darnold would react when faced with the toughest test he's encountered to date -- a meeting with the highly talented Ohio State defense. He was going to have to play his best football for USC to even be..." December 30

  • USC QB Sam Darnold says he wouldn't shy away from playing for Cleveland Browns

    WKYC "UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen may be wary of being drafted by the Cleveland Browns. His counterpart down the road, USC signal-caller Sam Darnold, however, insists he'd welcome the opportunity to play for the team that's already locked up the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Speaking to reporters..." December 27

  • Sam Darnold denies he'd stay at USC to avoid Browns

    ESPN "Sam Darnold denied a rumor that he might stay at USC for his junior season if the Cleveland Browns end up with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft. "I didn't say anything about the Browns," Darnold told reporters after the Trojans' practice Monday. "I've never said anything bad about (an NFL)..." November 28

  • Bills scouts among those expected for Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen showdown

    Buffalo News "Neither UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen nor USC's Sam Darnold is officially eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft, but scouts from 20 teams have been credentialed for Saturday's Pac-12 showdown. That group includes the Bills, according to USC as reported by Rosen and Darnold might be the two..." November 18

  • Sources: Giants looking closely at Sam Darnold, top QB prospects

    ESPN "As their season has spiraled out of control, the New York Giants have begun to prepare for their future by focusing on potential franchise quarterbacks who could be available in this year’s NFL draft. There was a directive given several weeks back by co-owner John Mara to start looking closely..." November 08

  • Sam Darnold Could Return To USC If Browns Get No. 1 Pick

    NESN "The Cleveland Browns still are in search of a franchise quarterback. But Sam Darnold reportedly doesn’t want to be the solution. The USC quarterback is expected by many to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but there’s a possibility that the redshirt sophomore could return to..." November 02

  • 49ers high on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, per report

    Sportsnaut "Amid rumors that USC quarterback Sam Darnold is unlikely to leave school following the 2017 season, one report suggests the San Francisco 49ers hope he does. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report wrote that his source in San Francisco say the “team loves Sam Darnold.” “THE USC REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE..." October 30

2018-2019 NFL Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Browns Sam Darnold Southern California
2 Giants Josh Rosen UCLA
3 Colts Connor Williams Texas
4 Browns* Orlando Brown Oklahoma
5 Broncos Bradley Chubb NC State
6 Jets Josh Allen Wyoming
7 Buccaneers Saquon Barkley Penn State
8 Bears Quenton Nelson Notre Dame
9 49ers Roquan Smith Georgia
10 Raiders Courtland Sutton Southern Methodist

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.


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