NFL Draft 2018: Jets draft Sam Darnold


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General manager Mike Maccagnan is ready to finalize his 2018 NFL Draft class with more players that should be able to provide quality depth and hopefully, be hidden gems that pan out well.

Could wind up being the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. They took the 20-year-old from USC over UCLA's Josh Rosen and Wyoming's Josh Allen.

But Darnold has the size and genes - his entire family were college-level athletes, with his grandfather, Dick Hammer, going to the Olympics as a volleyball player - and he impressed the Jets in his visit to the team's facility.

The drafting of Mayfield takes out the potential trade up by the Miami Dolphins who had interest in the Oklahoma quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy victor. Besides moving back to sixth overall and taking two second-round picks from the Jets this year, the Colts maneuvered their way into another second-rounder on Day 2, giving them four overall and five picks in the top 64.

Maccagnan said it wasn't until Thursday that he first thought Darnold could fall to them.

Is it true that a USC quarterback has never made a Super Bowl appearance? Yes.

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Entering the 2017 season, Jets fans were imploring the organization to tank in order to get the USC passer and in many other years, Darnold would have been the top prospect entering this year's draft.

Darnold threw for 4,143 yards and 26 touchdowns last season.

Darnold still struggled with turnovers at USC. This was not unexpected although many believed that the Giants would trade out of the number two overall or draft a quarterback.

"No", he said. "I'm going to continue to be myself".

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports teams have contacted the Jets about acquiring QB Bryce Petty.

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