Perhaps all those turnovers are starting to torpedo Sam Darnold’s draft stock.
Benjamin Allbright of 104.7 FM in Denver tweeted on Monday that the USC quarterback is leaning towards staying at USC.
USC source says Darnold is unlikely to leave this year.
Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson & to a lesser degree Josh Rosen your viable QBs.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 23, 2017
Darnold entered this season as a candidate for potentially the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft with a strong showing in 2017. Instead, as DieHards’ own Brian Pedersen points out, the Trojans’ quarterback has struggled wildly with ball control. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller rated Darnold as the highest quarterback available as recently as October 16, edging out UCLA’s Josh Rosen.
Sam Darnold has 15 turnovers (10 INT, 5 fumbles) this season.
That’s more than 108 of 129 other FBS teams had entering Saturday #FightOn
— Brian Pedersen (@realBJP) October 22, 2017
The Trojans are coming off a 49-14 drubbing at the hands of Notre Dame — a defeat that essentially knocked USC, and potentially the entire Pac-12, out of College Football Playoff contention. Darnold’s inconsistent play let Utah take a 21-7 lead over USC at halftime, failed to ignite the Trojans against the Fighting Irish and has routinely stifled the USC offense while adding pressure to the other side of the ball.
NFL teams are willing to be patient with rookie quarterbacks in the grooming process. But turnovers is essentially where the line is, and Darnold can’t stop turning the ball over to the opponent.
Through eight games in 2017, Darnold has amassed 2,292 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions through the air with a 63.5 completion percentage.
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