After debuting on our list at number one last week, Darnold falls all the way to the fifth spot for a number of reasons. For starters, Darnold struggled mightily on the national stage in last Friday’s road contest against No. 16 Washington State, falling to the Luke Falk-led Cougars by a score of 30-27. The redshirt sophomore Darnold ended the day with a paltry 15 for 29 line with 164 yards and one interception.
Although he did add two rushing touchdowns, Darnold struggled in pretty much every area and certainly didn’t look like a player worthy of the number one overall selection in next April’s draft. Injuries mounted up on the offensive side of the ball throughout the game, but Darnold’s accuracy and decision-making were inconsistent throughout, and culminated in a strip sack and lost a fumble that sealed the win for the Cougars.
Finally, there are already reports suggesting that Darnold may not be a part of the 2018 class, to begin with.
It’s pretty apparent that Darnold is a quarterback who just may need a bit more seasoning before he’s ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but the sophomore will still be one to watch for scouts as the Trojans look to march toward a Pac-12 title.