New York Giants: Updated top 10 QBs for 2018 Draft
By Henry Buggy
#1 – USC QB Sam Darnold
Darnold didn’t fully live up to expectations after an incredible redshirt freshman season. But the 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback did lead the Trojans to their first Pac-12 Championship since 2008.
Darnold may not be as ready as some other quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, but he does have the highest ceiling. The Trojans redshirt sophomore quarterback has thrown 57 touchdowns to 21 interceptions in less than two full seasons and has led the program to back-to-back double-digit winning seasons for the first time since Pete Carroll was in Southern California.
Darnold did struggle with turnovers this season, but he continued to find ways to bounce back while leading his teammates to victories. The Trojans’ only two losses came on the road against Top 25 opponents (Notre Dame, Washington State), and college football fans are anxiously awaiting to see how Darnold will play against Ohio State in this year’s Cotton Bowl.
Miller currently has Darnold listed as the No. 1 quarterback and the second overall player on his Big Board, while Kiper lists the USC quarterback just behind Rosen.
Should the Giants elect to hold onto Manning, and develop his successor behind him, Darnold is the ideal fit. The Trojans quarterback may not be the most pro-ready, but in the right system, he has the potential to develop into the best player to come out of the 2018 draft class.