If Sam Darnold stays at USC, he disrupts certain NFL teams’ scripts for 2017-18

Mens Brayden Schenn Jersey So many dominos could fall from one brief-but-stunning report this week. Sam Darnold — yes, that Sam Darnold — might not leave school next spring and enter the 2018 draft.
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The Jets would never admit it, nor would any other franchise. But a big domino just fell over in East Rutherford. And yes, that’s Cleveland where that other loud sound came from. They’re not the only ones, but they’re the largest.

On one of the last slow weeks remaining in another abbreviated NFL offseason, the Darnold report disrupted plans, speculations, plots and scripts for the upcoming year. A lot of what has been said and done in the league was based on the presumption that next year’s quarterback class is going to be top-notch. And the cream of next year’s quarterback crop was supposed to be one Sam Darnold, redshirt sophomore, Southern California.

Why he’s here: Long a respected person in the sport, Lovullo was considered an excellent hire by the Diamondbacks and he’s done nothing to change that perception. This is a franchise that had struggled through a couple of frustrating seasons (hopes of contending, but ending up with losing records), but Arizona has been outstanding this season under Lovullo’s watch. Maybe the same thing would have happened if Chip Hale was around for his third season, but who knows? What we do know is the Diamondbacks under Lovullo have been great, and in a hard-to-figure category like Midseason Manager of the Year, that’s enough.