Sam Darnold gives Browns hope - with a reservation

Erica Murray
December 28, 2017

In one sense, I can't blame Rosen if he truly doesn't want to play for the Browns, especially if Hue Jackson remains the coach in 2018.

Darnold, a redshirt sophomore, is widely projected as a first-round pick, although he has not publicly stated whether he will enter the 2018 draft or return to USC.

Speaking to ESPN on Tuesday before the Bruins lost to Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl without him due to a concussion, the signal caller said: "I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team". A couple of names stands out, including Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Allen, but there is a long time between now and when Roger Goodell goes to the podium with the first overall pick written on his index card.

While Rosen is not skipping his bowl game to prepare for the draft, several players have done so over the last couple of years. Kizer was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2017 draft. Rosen preferred the New York Giants, who now are projected to pick second.

According to ESPN, Darnold was asked how he would look in a Browns uniform, and replied that he would be "honored to play for any team". The haul of assets would be bigger and would be incredibly tense for both the Browns brass and fans as they sit there hoping their targets are still there while waiting for the teams in front of them to pick, but the payoff is obviously bigger.

None of that changes the fact that no team, no organization wants to be associated with any player insinuating or saying outright that their team isn't a place where they want to be. Rosen added he would rather play for the Giants over the Browns, and if Cleveland closes in on him, his decision to play in the National Football League next season could change.

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