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USC’s Sam Darnold named top QB prospect in Mike Mayock’s latest mock draft

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With the NFL now in offseason mode, all eyes are now on the upcoming draft. That is still two months away, but discussions are beginning to heat up, especially when it comes to ranking the NFL prospects. As always, the quarterback group is receiving the most attention, but it seems that there is an even heightened interest in the future pro signal-callers largely because of their depth.

There is no shortage in star power in this year’s quarterback class with the likes of Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, and Lamar Jackson, but for NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, it’s Sam Darnold who is on the top of his list.

Darnold attended USC for three years and was the Trojans’ starter in 2016 and 2017. In Darnold’s last season in college, he led the Trojans to a Cotton Bowl appearance, though they lost that game to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Trojans made a bowl game appearance in each of Darnold’s three years in Los Angeles.

Darnold is finished the 2017 season regarded by many as the finest quarterback in the nation after having passed for 4,143 yards and 26 touchdowns against 13 interceptions, while also coming up with a 63.1 completion percentage. Sam Darnold was more accurate in 2016, however, when he threw for 3,086 yards and 31 touchdowns with only nine interceptions and a 67.2 completion percentage.

In any case, Darnold is going to attract plenty of attention with the NFL teeming with quarterback-needy teams this offseason.

Darnold is followed on Mayock’s list by Allen, Rosen, and Mayfield, while Jackson and Rudolph are tied for the fifth spot.