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04/06/18 - USC quarterback Sam Darnold had a privated workout with the Denver Broncos in Los Angeles on Friday, the team announced.
General manager John Elway and head coach Vance Joseph were among the Denver contingent to view Darnold, who is rated as the No. 1 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang. The Broncos own the No. 5 overall pick in this month's NFL Draft and speculation is rampant that they will take a quarterback despite signing Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract in free agency.
04/03/18 - QB Sam Darnold will work out for the Denver Broncos later this week, Albert Breer of SI.com reported on Tuesday. Darnold is expected to visit the Broncos on Friday, per the report. Denver holds the fifth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Although the Broncos signed Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal last month, general manager John Elways said that doesn't preclude the team from selecting any of the top-tier signal callers in the upcoming draft. Darnold is viewed as the top overall prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang in his most Big Board.
03/22/18 - Darnold, the only top quarterback prospect who did not throw at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, said he was pleased with his effort on Pro Day, when he took his snaps from under center to show off the footwork and drops needed at the NFL level after working from the shotgun in college. "Just kind of proving exactly what I proved on tape -- that I can throw on the run, throw with accuracy," Darnold said on the NFL Network. "I think I did a really good job of being aware of keeping two hands on the ball, too, when I was in the pocket. I know some guys were looking at that. "Just being aware of all those little things and then coming out here and ripping it. I thought I did a pretty good job." Ball security has been a nagging concern after Darnold lost nine fumbles last season as a redshirt sophomore.
That Darnold mostly threw in the rain Wednesday was a bonus, as the quarterback-needy teams near the top of the draft -- Cleveland, the New York Giants, New York Jets, Buffalo and Denver -- all play outdoors in cold-weather environments. "I knew I wasn't going to have a problem with it; I thought I made the most of it," Darnold said of the rain. "I have been training really hard for this day." Some teams near the top of the draft might prefer the throwing mechanics of UCLA's Josh Rosen, or the stature and best-in-class arm strength of Wyoming's Josh Allen, or the moxie and accuracy of Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. The elite athleticism of Louisville's Lamar Jackson also puts him in the discussion for the top half of the first round. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
03/22/18 - If the Cleveland Browns have been inclined to use the No. 1 pick on USC quarterback Sam Darnold, then Wednesday provided them with comforting evidence. Darnold furthered his case, throwing passes in front of scouts on a rainy Pro Day in Los Angeles. "Quarterback pro days are heavily rehearsed, following a custom script, and Darnold's pro day wasn't any different in that regard," said NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler. "However, the heavy rains were unscripted and could have been a disaster for Darnold, who opted not to throw at the Combine, putting all his chips in the middle for this workout. I though he passed with flying colors, delivering accurate balls that cut through the wind and rain. "Some of the heavy balls wobbled and there were double-digit drops by receivers, but it was an impressive showing.
He made numerous difficult throws. He only helped himself." NFLDraftScout.com rates Darnold as the No. 2 prospect in the draft, behind Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, although the Browns, assuming they keep the pick, are expected to select a quarterback. Darnold said he had dinner and meetings with the Browns' top brass on Tuesday, one night after doing the same with the New York Giants, who hold the No. 2 pick. "It would be awesome to go to No. 1, just because I think what the Browns are doing is really good right now," Darnold said in an ESPN interview. "I think they have potential to be a really good team in the future. Just based on that, yeah, a part of me really wants to go No. 1." - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine Quotes: Bother you that Sam Darnold is not throwing at the Combine? "No. I mean, Sam's making the decision. We wish he would throw, would like to see him throw. But at the same time, there's going to be other time to have an opportunity to watch him work out and do those things. But do I wish he was throwing here this weekend? Yes, I do, to watch him compete with the other guys. But at the same time, that's not going to hinder us making a decision about what kind of player he is for our football team." - Hue Jackson, Head Coach, Cleveland Browns