New York Jets: Assessing Sam Darnold and the 2018 QB NFL Draft Class

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New York Jets, Sam Darnold (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

In the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected quarterback Sam Darnold. 2 years later, it is worth asking if they made the correct choice. 

The 2018 NFL Draft was one of the most quarterback-rich drafts in NFL history. A whopping five quarterbacks were selected in the first round, the most taken in a draft since 1999.

Of course, the 2018 draft holds special significance for New York Jets fans. The green and white gambled their future and traded up to the third overall pick and selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

The Jets generally have a star-crossed history when it comes to selecting quarterbacks (i.e. Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, etc.), but with each new draft comes the desperate hope that maybe this time is different. Maybe this time, the team will finally find a franchise quarterback.

Of course, quarterback performance isn’t judged solely in a vacuum.

Take the 1983 NFL Draft for instance. The Jets’ first-round selection, Ken O’Brien, was by all accounts a good quarterback. However, half of the quarterbacks (3-of-6) selected in the first round of that draft went on to become Hall of Famers (John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino). Whether it’s fair or not, the Jets are remembered for failing to land any of those guys.

While many questions remain about the 2018 first-round quarterbacks, it is worth assessing how each of the 2018 first-round quarterbacks- Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Darnold- have performed so far.

Which quarterbacks are becoming stars, and which ones are at risk of being busts? Most importantly, did the Jets make the right choice when they picked Darnold?

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