Sam Darnold Denies He Would Rather Stay in School Than Go to Browns

Sam Darnold won’t stay at USC just to avoid playing in Cleveland. 
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If, as seems increasingly likely, the Browns have the top pick in this spring’s NFL draft, Sam Darnold won’t stay another year at USC just to avoid going to Cleveland. 

Darnold, a redshirt sophomore, is in the top tier of quarterback prospects but The MMQB’s Albert Breer said in a radio interview earlier this month that Darnold might be more inclined to stay in school if Cleveland had the No. 1 pick

That’s not true, Darnold says. 

“I didn’t say anything about the Browns,” Darnold said Monday, according to ESPN. “I’ve never said anything bad about (an NFL) team. They know I would never say anything.”

Darnold and his crosstown rival, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, are the consensus top quarterback prospects eligible for the upcoming draft. Breer currently gives Darnold a slight edge over Rosen on his big board.

Darnold has completed 63.3% of his passes this season for 3,462 yards with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. 

The Browns are currently the only team in the NFL without a win, while the 49ers have just a single win. The Niners appear to have found their quarterback of the future, having traded recently for Jimmy Garoppolo. If the Browns take a quarterback in the upcoming draft, it will be the third consecutive year they’ve drafted a passer. The previous two haven’t worked out all that well, as you probably could have told from the earlier sentence about the Browns being winless.