UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and USC quarterback Sam Darnold both announced today they will enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Thankful to be a Bruin pic.twitter.com/iph754UL2b— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) January 3, 2018
USC QB Sam Darnold has declared for the NFL Draft. Darnold went 20-4 as a starter during his time at USC. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/99WMogSUrW— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) January 4, 2018
This is no great surprise. Both have been projected as high first round picks since before the season started and generally viewed as likely to enter the Draft. Rosen in particular became a virtual lock to declare once Chip Kelly was hired as UCLA head coach. There wasn’t much playing in Kelly’s system for a year would do to help him develop further as a pro.
Rosen and Darnold might not be options for the Jets picking sixth in the first round. There is a real chance they go off the board in the first two picks. If nothing else, this is good news for the Jets. Even if these two aren’t there when the Jets pick, they will push other quarterbacks deeper into the Draft where the Jets will be picking.