Sam Darnold got a rare day of bad weather in Los Angeles for his Pro Day. For the USC star quarterback, it may have been the best thing that could have happened.
Los Angeles was hit by a big rain storm today. Darnold did not have a chance to play through much inclement weather during his time at USC.
By all accounts, Darnold was very impressive throwing through the rain today. ESPN Cleveland's Jordan Zirm posted some video to Twitter.
Some think this performance could solidify Sam Darnold as the No. 1 pick to Cleveland.
Moments ago on FS1, college football analyst Joel Klatt appeared on The Herd. He said that the performance should "put the Giants on the clock," because Darnold will go first overall to the Browns.
Klatt previously had Darnold as his first player off the board. Today cemented things for him.
He is not alone in that opinion. NFL insider Benjamin Allbright heard from someone at a team picking in the top five that Darnold to Cleveland is probably locked in.
Sam Darnold could come out ahead in an NFL Draft littered with quarterbacks that could come off the board early. UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield have also been discussed as early first round picks.
The Browns, who have the first and fourth picks, Giants, Jets, and Broncos are all teams in the top five that could have a need at the position as well. If the Browns go with the USC gunslinger, it will set the wheels in motion for the entire rest of the NFL Draft.
Darnold played three years at USC. He took a redshirt in 2015, and took over as starter early in the 2016 season.
That year, he completed over 67-percent of his throws for 3,086 yards, 31 touchdowns, and just nine interceptions. His completion percentage dropped to 63.1-percent in 2017, but his yards per attempt bumped up from 8.4 to 8.6. He threw for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 13 picks.