Sam Darnold goes from laid-back California to Super Bowl-starved Jets

Lorenzo Mauldin spent all of 2017 on IR after struggling in 2016

There are several players from two major schools in Southern California expected to be chosen in this week's National Football League draft. The first round picks - Todd Marinovich, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez - have a combined record as starters of 140-138-1. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen said he was motivated by falling to the Cardinals at No. 10. All were career highs and began the noise a year ago that this year's draft class would be rich with quarterbacks.

But the sudden skyrocketing of Mayfield's status allowed Darnold to "drop" into the Jets' laps.

The drafting of Mayfield takes out the potential trade up by the Miami Dolphins who had interest in the Oklahoma quarterback and 2017 Heisman Trophy victor. "We're not going to throw him in there (unprepared), but at the same time, we're not going to hold him back either".

Is it true that a USC quarterback has never made a Super Bowl appearance? Yes.

Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold could both be top picks in the upcoming National Football League draft. Darnold finally stepped-in under center in the Tritons' next-to-last game of the season, completing 27-of-37 passes with 241 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Tesoro.

Unfortunately for the other five former USC stars, Darnold is the only Trojan named in this first round mock draft. The same thing happened prior to the 2017 season, but NY held off and tabbed Petty the backup to Josh McCown over Christian Hackenberg. Ideally, with at least one pick in each round, Maccagnan is likely to make some trades to acquire even more picks to work with this year and for next year's draft.

"I love it", he said. "I'm just going to work as I usually do and I believe good things are going to come out of that".

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