Depending on how the 2018 NFL draft order shakes out, USC quarterback Sam Darnold could return to school next year for his junior season. Per NFL Network’s Albert Breer (via Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland), Darnold is going to wait and see which teams are picking in the top two spots next April before deciding if he will leave the Trojans. If the Browns are in the top two, he may head back to USC. The Browns are one of two winless teams, along with the San Francisco 49ers, in the NFL. Cleveland would have the No. 1 overall pick if the season ended today based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker.
This might be the smartest decision a 21 year old kid could possibly make. The Browns are the Kardashians of the NFL. They destroy anything that enters their circle to epic proportions. Exhibit A – Deshone Kizer, this kid’s career is already in shambles and he’s been in the league for 7 games. This front office isn’t finagling any franchise changing moves in the near future.
Quarterbacks entering the league are like meeting a significant other’s parents, the first impression makes or breaks you. If you break, the rest of that conversation is like garbage time in the NBA. If a QB breaks and sucks in the first season (or couple of games) it is SO hard to come back after that.
Leaving for the NFL is a tricky maneuver because of that. Eli Manning paved the way for this, making sure he didn’t play for the Chargers was the smartest decision he’s ever made, and Eli is a complete derp.
Plus, we forget Darnold is pretty young in his college career. he’s played a little more than a full season, and has struggled this season. He has to polish the turnovers and pocket discipline. Dodging the Browns is as smart as you can get, staying at USC is a no brainer.
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