The Jets selected the USC passer with the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night, a move the organization hopes will finally solve their forever riddle at the quarterback position. Darnold was the second QB off the board after the Browns selected Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick.
Darnold joins a crowded quarterback room that includes Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Hackenberg and Petty will likely both get cut loose, while Bridgewater's survival will depend on the condition of his surgically repaired knee, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. It's logical -- but far from certain -- that Darnold, just 20, begins the season on the bench behind McCown.
Things could change quickly, however.
But Darnold's now in the building, and he represents hope for a team and fanbase that has struggled to find an answer at quarterback for over four decades. Darnold is the franchise's highest QB draft pick since Joe Namath was selected first overall in 1965.