Given an out, USC quarterback Sam Darnold declined to move up his throwing session at his school’s pro day on Wednesday, choosing instead to throw under a steady rain in front of a throng of NFL decision-makers.
I don’t think it would have been fair to change the schedule with all of the other guys training for the pro day, Darnold said. So I just wanted my guys to be comfortable — my teammates — that was first and foremost.
Darnold said he has a couple visits lined up before the draft in April, but he did not disclose the teams.
Sam is not the kid you speed date; he’s the kid you marry. … People will fall in love the more they get to know him.
Darnold did not throw at the NFL scouting combine in February. However, he said it was important to answer questions about his throwing mechanics at his pro day, and he believes he’s worthy of the No. 1 overall pick.
I feel like I’m definitely capable of going No. 1, Darnold said. What the Browns are doing right now is really good. They’ve got a lot of good pieces right now. I think going there and being able to lead the way I lead and play the way I play, I think it would be a good situation.
The team also agreed to a three-year deal to keep linebacker Brock Coyle, who started 10 games last season before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
General manager John Lynch said McKinnon and Richburg were both high on the team’s priority list in free agency and he was glad to be able to lock both of them up as soon as the new league year started.
We see Weston as one of the top young interior offensive linemen in the NFL,Lynch said. His athleticism, intelligence and attitude are a perfect fit for our scheme. Jerick has proven to be an extremely versatile football player whose speed, elusiveness and tackle-breaking ability make him a very difficult matchup for defenses. We can’t wait to get them on the field with their teammates and coaches later this spring.