USC quarterback Sam Darnold was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft prior to his redshirt sophomore year but is now reportedly “unlikely” to leave the Trojans following the 2017 season.
USC source says Darnold is unlikely to leave this year.
Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson & to a lesser degree Josh Rosen your viable QBs.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 23, 2017
USC’s 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback has struggled with turnovers this year after having a breakout 2016 campaign, but it’s not the first time college football fans have heard Darnold might return for another season.
College Football 24/7’s Daniel Jeremiah reported in July that “several sources close to Darnold” said they wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to return for another season.
The 2018 NFL Draft is expected to be loaded with talented quarterbacks and given Darnold’s play this season, it’s not unreasonable to think he could return for his junior year.
Darnold has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,292 yards this season but has thrown 17 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. The Trojans star quarterback has already thrown one more interception in two fewer starts in 2017 but can easily turn around his disappointing season with a strong finish.
The Trojans still remain atop the Pac-12 South despite a loss to Washington State and control their future in the conference with games against Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and UCLA down the stretch.