NFL teams still searching for quarterback (we’re looking at you Browns, Jets, 49ers) may have to wait another year if they want USC wonder boy Sam Darnold.
Citing an unnamed source, draft analyst Benjamin Allbright reported the redshirt sophomore is unlikely to enter the NFL Draft following this season.
Asked about the report, Darnold told reporters Tuesday that he isn’t leaning one way or the other and will wait until after the season to make his decision.
Sam Darnold made it clear that any decisions he makes about his future will be after the season #USC
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 25, 2017
Following a blowout loss to Notre Dame, Darnold has 17 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 2,292 yards passing this year.
Those aforementioned numbers aren’t terrible, but they certainly don’t live up to the hype Darnold garnered after a freshman season in which he threw 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions as he led the Trojans to a Rose Bowl title.
Darnold is generally considered the best pro QB prospect in college football ahead of names like UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
Though his return to school would disappoint lowly NFL teams, it would certainly excite Trojans fans thirsty for a return to championship glory.