Sam Darnold: Is USC QB’s Age A Concern For NFL Teams?

Sam Darnold is one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft and a potential No. 1 overall pick, but could his age be a concern to teams around the league? In an interesting note pointed out by Fantasy Guru’s Graham Barfield, Darnold, who is just 20 years old, will become the youngest signal-caller to hear his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1970.

Darnold does not turn 21 until June 5.

When Sam Darnold is drafted later this week, he will become the youngest quarterback selected in the first round since the 1970 merger (20-years-old).

— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) April 23, 2018

There has been plenty of conversation about the room for development that the former USC Trojans star has, and this just drives home that point. Putting a quarterback as young as Darnold into the starting lineup in Week 1 could lead to some obvious concerns.

However, if the Browns truly believe Darnold can be a franchise signal-caller, a wise move could be to pick the former Trojan and sit him behind Tyrod Taylor for his rookie campaign.

Of course, there are also reports that the Browns are considering Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Heisman Trophy-winner Baker Mayfield, so it’s anyone’s guess as to where Darnold will ultimately land.

We will get all of those answers and more in just over 48 hours when the 2018 NFL Draft takes place from April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.