QB Sam Darnold (2018, New York)
The 2018 QB class will be talked about for years to come. The good: league MVP Lamar Jackson, breakout star Josh Allen, and playoff winner Baker Mayfield. The bad: former Cardinal/Dolphin/49er/Buccaneer Josh Rosen. Sam Darnold currently resides somewhere in the middle, but he’s inching closer to Rosen’s side. The Jets put an end to the Darnold era by selecting BYU QB Zach Wilson with the No. 2 pick back in April. Darnold was jettisoned to Carolina, where he will likely get one last shot at proving he’s a starting caliber NFL quarterback.
Darnold’s woes from his college days at USC have followed him to the pros. He’s one of the most turnover prone gunslingers in the league, and has struggled with accuracy to all parts of the field. The Panthers will assuredly present more pass-catching options than he had in New York, but Darnold will still need to make a significant leap to even be a league-average hurler at this point. As of now, Darnold has as many career touchdowns (passing + rushing) as he does turnovers (fumbles + interceptions) – 50.
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