USC QB Darnold shows stuff for Browns, NFL at pro day

Southern Cal quarterback Sam Darnold performed at the university’s pro day on Wednesday with all 32 NFL teams in attendance.

Darnold, regarded as the No. 1 quarterback in the draft, dined on Tuesday with representatives from the Cleveland Browns, including general manager John Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslam. Haslam sat with Darnold’s family during the workout in Los Angeles.

Prospects are rarely measured by performances at pro day workouts, scripted exercises that are often position-specific and overly rehearsed with familiar teammates. But Darnold had something to show scouts because he chose not to participate in passing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, where likely first-round picks such as UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma were on the field.

Darnold said after the workout he not only met with the Browns, but the New York Giants, who have the No. 2 overall pick in next month’s draft.

Cleveland picks first and has the No. 4 pick. In addition to the administrative brass, head coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback coach Ken Zampese were present Wednesday.

“Just meeting with both of those organizations, like I said before, those people are at the top of the world right now and I’m trying to impress them but at the same time be myself,” Darnold explained to NFL Network. “So there’s a fine line between that and I was just trying to find that and do my best.”

–Field Level Media

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