NFL Notes: Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Draft


Sam Darnold

USC QB Sam Darnold tells the New York Post that he thinks it would be “amazing” if he got drafted by the Giants and could work alongside Eli Manning.

“It would be amazing. If I do get drafted by New York and he was there, it’d be an amazing opportunity to get better,” Darnold said.

Darnold previously went to the Manning Passing Academy and said he learned a lot from Eli.

“I was at the Manning Passing Academy, it was a great opportunity for me to get better, and I learned a lot from Eli,” Darnold said. “He’s a great guy, great personality, him and Peyton both.”

Baker Mayfield

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield said Thursday that he would “love” to play for the Saints and work with Drew Brees.

I would love that,” Mayfield said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “To be able to learn under him for however long he plays, I’d love that (and) to get a chance to be in New Orleans, a good franchise.

“I love Sean Payton. I love what they’re about, so that would be a great spot for me.”


  • According to Matt Miller of B/R, NFL scouts are taking notice of Washington State QB Luke Falk after he had good interviews at the Senior Bowl. Scouts have told Miller that they believe Falk’s character, leadership and football IQ could push him up draft boards, possibly into day two.
  • A QBs coach said of Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: “Supply versus demand means he’s probably a first-rounder whether you think he should be or not.
  • One prospect who has been receiving some love from the media is UCF CB Mike Hughes. However, an NFL defensive coordinator tells Miller that Hughes may have to redshirt as a rookie in the NFL: “That’s a dude you draft and redshirt. Maybe he returns kicks for you year one, but he’s not ready to play corner.”
  • A director of player personnel expressed some concern about Iowa CB Josh Jackson in a text to Miller, saying: “Aren’t you afraid of a dude that’s started one year and had all those picks [8] but couldn’t get on the field until now?
  • Miller also polled some executives about the player they believe is being overhyped by the media. The results came back: Baker Mayfield (three votes), Vita Vea (two votes) and Josh Allen and Connor Williams (one vote).