No matter what happens to begin the 2018 season, Jets fans around the world will hope they've finally found their franchise quarterback in Darnold.
The Colts' picks, therefore, will be judged in part by what Darnold does with the Jets, but the Colts needed so much help in so many places in the trenches, their end of the deal will be under scrutiny even earlier. It's going to take a lot of work to and repetition for this to get fixed to the level that he can be a successful National Football League starting quarterback. They took the 20-year-old from USC over UCLA's Josh Rosen and Wyoming's Josh Allen.
"I'm going to continue to be myself", he said. "We're not going to throw him in there (unprepared), but at the same time, we're not going to hold him back either".
"I would say simply we felt very good. about three players with that pick", general manager Mike Maccagnan said Thursday night. "Of course, Sam isn't legal, so we were joking around with him a little".
With the NFL Draft starting Thursday, six Trojans wait for their name to be called in Dallas. He tossed 57 touchdowns but was also a bit turnover prone with 22 interceptions and 5 fumbles.
The journeyman first signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Jets last spring.
Sam Darnold answers questions during a news conference, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Florham Park, N.J. Darnold was selected No. 3 overall by the New York Jets in the NFL football draft. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 31 touchdowns and led USC to a dramatic win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have contacted the Jets about acquiring QB Bryce Petty. All four had some measure of success during their stints with the Jets, but none was able to deliver them to the Super Bowl like Broadway Joe in 1969.