USC QB Sam Darnold is widely considered to be one of the top players available for the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the redshirt sophomore QB may be leaning towards staying at USC for the 2018 season.
Greg Gabriel, a longtime NFL scout and former scouting director for the Chicago Bears, said on Monday that scouts around the NFL who have made calls to USC believe that Darnold is going to stay in school next season.
Keep hearing from scouts who've made USC school calls that Darnold is going to stay in school
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) October 2, 2017
There is no doubt that Gabriel still knows insiders in the industry who may have knowledge of Darnold’s intentions. Darnold has not commented on his status regarding next season, so this is still purely speculative.
Michael Lombardi, a former General Manager for the Cleveland Browns and longtime NFL front office executive, believes Gabriel’s report to be accurate.
Yep. Believe that. https://t.co/08sPgw174J
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) October 2, 2017
Darnold has struggled some this season, though he is still considered to be a Heisman Trophy frontrunner. On the season, Darnold has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,389 yards and 9 touchdowns. He has also thrown 8 interception, which ranks as the second most interceptions in the country.
Despite his struggled, Darnold is still ranked as the No. 1 QB on ESPN’s Mel Kiper’s “Big Board”, as of Sep. 28. Kiper believes that Darnold is “an exciting prospect who could go No. 1 overall in April’s draft.”
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s draft guru, ranked Darnold as the No. 1 QB in the 2018 Draft class and the No. 1 overall prospect in his latest “Big Board” on Sep. 18.
The No. 14 Trojans (4-1, 2-1) will host Oregon State at the Coliseum on Saturday as they look to bounce back from their 30-27 loss at Washington State.