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ESPN’s Todd McShay loves the Jets choice of Sam Darnold

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NCAA Football: Utah at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay handed out superlatives after last night’s first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He named two favorite landing spots for players. One was the Colts selecting Quinton Nelson.

The other:

Sam Darnold, QB, USC (pick No. 3)

The Jets had to like at least three of the quarterbacks in this class to trade up from No. 6 to No. 3. I was told Darnold was their top choice if he was there, and they had to be ecstatic the Browns (and Giants) passed on him. Darnold is the youngest quarterback in the first round, and he’s been my favorite QB throughout the process. He’s a magician in the pocket and has the even-keeled demeanor to succeed in New York, a good mentor in Josh McCown, and a great offensive coordinator in Jeremy Bates. The Jets are 31st in passer rating since 2009. This is a home run pick for the Jets.

Todd McShay: Genius.....when he praises the Jets.