Sam Darnold Says 'I'd Be Honored to Play for Any Team' When Asked About Browns

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 27, 2017

USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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USC quarterback Sam Darnold is prepared to play for any NFL team whenever he decides to leave school. 

Darnold told reporters on Tuesday it would be an honor to join any team when asked if he would be willing to play for the Cleveland Browns.

"Whenever I come out to go to the NFL, I think I'd be honored to play for any team," he said, via ESPN.com"It's been a dream of mine for such a long time to play in the NFL. Any team that would want to give me that opportunity to be a part of their organization, it would mean the world to me."

Darnold's comments come after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen said Tuesday he would "rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team," per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss.  

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Dec. 24 that Rosen would be "hesitant" to declare for the 2018 NFL draft if he thought the Browns were going to take him with the first overall pick. 

Darnold, like Rosen, has yet to officially declare for the draft or return to school next year. The Trojans star is expected to be one of the first players taken if he makes himself eligible. 

B/R NFL draft analyst Matt Miller has Darnold ranked as his No. 1 quarterback and No. 2 overall player in the 2018 class. 

Darnold is preparing to lead USC against Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 29. He had 3,787 passing yards and 26 touchdowns in 2017, his first full season as the Trojans' starting quarterback.

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