USC quarterback Sam Darnold said he intends to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, a practice that some highly touted quarterbacks have avoided in recent years.
A number of top draft prospects have skipped throwing at the combine and instead thrown at their Pro Days on their college campuses with receivers whom they are more familiar.
Darnold made an appearance on Radio Row at the Super Bowl and hit the correct notes about how he has no draft preference – "I want to go to an organization that wants me" – and that he needs to do better protecting the ball after 13 interceptions this past season.
"I have no preference honestly," Darnold told the Afternoon Drive with Carlin, Maggie and Bart on New York's WFAN (via NJ.com). "It's just been a dream of mine to play in the NFL for so long. I'd be grateful for any organization that would give me a chance to lead them to Ws."
Darnold is among a group of quarterbacks who could go within the top 10 picks in the draft, including UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. The Bills, who pick No. 21 and No. 22, are among the teams with potential designs on a quarterback in Round 1.
"I've been working on it a lot this offseason, keeping two hands on the ball in the pocket at all times," Darnold said. "Interceptions, I hate to say it, but they're going to happen. But taking care of the ball is the No. 1 job as a quarterback. I've got to do a better job of that. I'm obviously aware of that. ...
"I think I'm a great leader. I bring a lot to the table skill-wise and in a leadership role as a quarterback. I have to learn as well, but I'm right there."