Jets capitalise on Browns stunner and take Darnold third overall
Sam Darnold was passed over by the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, but not the New York Jets.
The New York Jets capitalised on the Cleveland Browns' stunning decision to select Baker Mayfield over Sam Darnold by taking him with the third overall pick.
Darnold had been seen as the prohibitive favourite to be taken first overall, but the Browns instead plumped for Mayfield, with the Giants then choosing running back Saquon Barkley over the former USC signal-caller.
That left the Jets in position to take a player many deem the best quarterback in the class, and they did not hesitate.
Darnold rose to stardom with a stunning 2016 season in which he threw for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns with nine interceptions, leading the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory over Penn State.
But he endured something of a slump in 2017, passing for 4,143 yards but with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, while his completion percentage dropped from 67.2 to 63.1.
He will likely have time to adapt to the NFL and learn from the bench with veteran Josh McCown seemingly poised to continue as a bridge starter for the Jets.
However, when he does see the field the Jets will hope Darnold can curb the poor decision making and turnovers he produced in 2017 and vindicate their decision to take him after dealing their first-rounder and three second-rounders to the Indianapolis Colts to get to number three.