USC redshirt sophomore QB Sam Darnold has enough on his plate this week as the Trojans prepare to face Stanford for the Pac-12 title. However, after practice on Monday Darnold was asked about a rumor that he would consider not entering the 2018 NFL Draft to avoid being drafted by the winless Cleveland Browns.
Darnold wasn’t having any of that question.
“I didn’t say anything about the Browns,” Darnold told reporters on Monday, per ESPN. “I’ve never said anything bad about (an NFL) team. They know I would never say anything.”
Darnold’s draft availability has been a topic of conversation since Albert Breer of the MMQB suggested in a radio interview that Darnold wanted to see if the Browns had the No. 1 pick before deciding to enter the draft.
Per @AlbertBreer, Sam Darnold will want to wait and see who has the top pick or two in the NFL Draft. If it's Browns, he could stay at USC.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) November 1, 2017
Darnold is widely considered to be one of the top players available in the 2018 NFL Draft, should he decide to enter. The USC QB has given little indication to which way he may be leaning, but he likely won’t make a decision for at least a month.
Currently, the top five picks of the 2018 NFL Draft would be: 1. Cleveland Browns, 2. San Francisco 49ers, 3. New York Giants, 4. Indianapolis Colts, 5. Denver Broncos.
USC will play Stanford at Levi’s Stadium for the Pac-12 Championship on Friday. The game is schedule to kick off at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.
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