Jason explains why Darnold was the Draft's top passer and recounts how the Giants to made him sweat out for just a few more minutes before Darnold became a New York Jet.
NY now holds one pick each in the fourth (No. 107), fifth (No. 157), sixth (No. 179) and seventh (No. 235) rounds. "He has heavy hands, he plays low, he's got great drive".
The Colts' picks, therefore, will be judged in part by what Darnold does with the Jets, but the Colts needed so much help in so many places in the trenches, their end of the deal will be under scrutiny even earlier. "Obviously, all the quarterbacks compete, but the biggest thing that you really don't see is he has an inner desire and drive that brings out the competitiveness in the other players".
James, a 6-foot-4, 327-pound tackle, was a two-year starter on the exterior line for Auburn after transferring from Texas following the 2014 season.
Darnold ultimately declared for the draft following USC's loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. His game-tying touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett, capping a ideal 10-for-10 fourth quarter performance, had analysts and scouts gushing ahead of his redshirt sophomore season.
"I would say simply we felt very good. about three players with that pick", general manager Mike Maccagnan said Thursday night.
With the Jets, Darnold will get a chance to bring his "it" factor to a franchise and fanbase that will be immediately energized by his selection. Yes, there will be mentor's such as Josh McCown along the way, but if the Jets want to develop Darnold, the aim should be continuity, and that continuity will mean Bates and Darnold should look to be in lockstep from the moment rookie mini camp kicks off in the coming weeks.
So, Darnold could have a chance to give the veterans a run for the starting gig this summer.
Shepherd, who played collegiately at Division II Fort Hays State University, was the highest-projected Canadian heading into the draft. The last time came in 1981, when they took UCLA running back Freeman McNeil.
According to an NFL Network report, teams have called the Jets about potentially acquiring Bryce Petty, who NY took in the fourth round of the 2015 draft.