By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Jets have selected former USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick, as they were happy he fell to them. The Jets acquired the pick in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts weeks ago, as they were desperate to add a quarterback.
Darnold was considered the top overall pick for much of the time leading up to the draft before word began to leak out that the Cleveland Browns wanted to go in a different direction. The Browns drafted Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 overall pick.
Darnold joins the Jets that is already stacked with quarterbacks. They already have Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty, and Christian Hackenberg.
McCown, who started for the team last season, is expected to be with the team at least through 2018, as he only has a one-year deal. However, there are question marks if Bridgewater, Bryce, and Hackenberg will be a part of the team moving forward.
Darnold is expected to be a game changer for the Jets. Their quarterback situation has been horrible for the past several seasons.
This past season, he appeared in 14 games with the Trojans. He went 303 of 480 for 4,143 passing yards. He also had 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
As a redshirt freshman in 2016, he appeared in 13 games. He went 246 of 366 for 3,086 passing yards. He also had 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
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