Sam Darnold – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Sam Darnold

QB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
QB USC 14 RS-SO

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'4 225 N/A 6'3 221 31 9 3/8

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.85 26.5 8'9 DNP 6.96 4.4

Overview:

Darnold finished up his career at USC by playing in 27 career games, where he had 549 completions, for 7229 passing yards, with 57 passing touchdowns, and 22 interceptions. He also had 332 rushing yards on 137 carries, and 7 rushing touchdowns. He has really good size, he is accurate for the most part, he has good speed, and is a very mobile quarterback. He is good under pressure, he has good pocket awareness, he has a strong arm, and a good deep ball. He is also a good passing quarterback while on the run. He has the ability to make something out of nothing with his legs, he is a very good running quarterback, and is tough to take down. He also is very patient in the pocket, he waits for someone to get open before throwing the ball, and he does a good job of avoiding defenders in pursuit of him. On the other hand, he has been very inconsistent at times, he played the majority of his time out of the shotgun, and as a RS-Sophomore, he is still very young, and raw. With that said, I view Darnold as a late day 2, to early day 3 pick. But i do expect him to be among the first 4 quarterbacks taken come April.

Strengths:

Has good size

Very accurate

Has good speed

Very mobile QB

Good under pressure

Has good pocket awareness

Has a good TD-INT ratio

Makes something out of nothing with his legs

Has a good deep ball

Has a strong arm

A good passing QB while on the run

Very elusive

Does not stare down one receiver

Very patient in the pocket

Waits for someone to get open before throwing the ball

Tough to take down

A tough nosed player

Fits the ball into tight places with ease

Does a good job of avoiding the defenders in pursuit of him

A very good running QB

Weaknesses:

Plays the majority out of the shotgun

Only a RS-Sophomore so he is still very young and raw

Is very inconsistent at times

Career Stats:

Games Played: 27

Completions: 549

Passing Yards: 7229

Passing Touchdowns/Interceptions: 57/22

Completion Percentage: 64.9

Rushes: 137

Rushing Yards: 332

Rushing Touchdowns: 7

Yards Per Carry: 2.4