Friday night was Sam Darnold's chance to ultimately secure the No. 1 overall pick with a strong performance against Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. What we saw surely wasn't that.
Darnold threw for 356 yards on the night but was held without a touchdown, threw a pick-six, and was sacked eight times against one of the best defensive lines in the country. It was complete and utter domination by Ohio State in a 24-7 win and Darnold looked completely lost throughout the game.
There's no question the Cleveland Browns need a quarterback next season and they hold the No. 1 overall pick. But, as bad as this team has been at drafting quarterbacks over the years, they should make the smart decision and stay away from Darnold if he declares for the draft.
Darnold finished the 2017 season with more passing yards and attempts than last year but that didn't necessarily translate into production. His completion percentage and touchdowns dropped while the interceptions went up. The pick-six thrown last night was a blatant misread and an awful throw as well.
It's just one game, but Darnold faced as close to an NFL-ready defense as he'll come up against in college football. He was running for his life in the pocket but still made questionable decisions and missed easy and wide open throws.
If I'm new general manager John Dorsey, I'm rethinking about taking a quarterback with the first overall pick. Some would say Darnold would fit perfectly with the Browns already, but not in a good way.
Sam Darnold is going to fit right in with the Cleveland Brownspic.twitter.com/YxOZYW1Zcf— NOT_SCTop10 (@NOTSCTop10PIays) December 30, 2017
There's a chance Darnold even returns for his junior season, but if he doesn't, the Browns are going to need a convincing pro day and combine before they truly make up their mind.