Sam Darnold Had His Pro Day. It Was Good.
And no, he didn’t turn the ball over …
Okay … yeah. It was great.
Sam Darnold looks the part, he can make things happen on the move, and he was able to make every throw – and in the rain.
But, obviously, most good quarterback prospects look fantastic when they’re able to throw with no rush, no defense, and play catch in a scripted fashion. Even so, he’s got the size, the feet, and the accuracy when he’s running around.
But here’s the problem, and you can see it in the video. His delivery needs a ton of work. It takes way, way too long to get the ball out of his hands.
Watch how he’s winding up to fire on almost every throw – it needs to be more compact. What’s crazy, is that in this workout, he fired faster on the run.
Now, watch how fast the ball comes out of Josh Rosen’s hands and how compact the throwing motion is. Up, out, boom …
This is supposed to be the absolute best case scenario to showcase all Darnold can do for the scouts, and yet it takes ten days to get the ball out of his hands on some of these throws.
Even so, be shocked if he’s not the No. 1 overall pick to the Cleveland Browns. The scouting world is smitten … even though Rosen – the question is his durability – is the better pure NFL prospect.