Figured this would be a decent thread, though I think I know how the poll will go.
There was lots of talk leading up to the draft that Darnold was going #1. As a Jets fan I actually preferred Mayfield, though I'm not sure if that's because I assumed Darnold would go #1 and I didn't want Allen or Rosen, or if I actually wanted Mayfield over anyone. The draft didn't work out that way, and the Giants passed on a potential, and much needed, franchise QB, and Darnold fell into the Jets lap.
Last season was up and down for Darnold, which is to be expected given the total amount of actual experience he has as a QB. What gives me a lot of hope going into this season, is over the final 4 games Darnold was the highest rated QB in the NFL, so things finally seemed to click for him.
I also love this recent quote from the Jets WR coach:
“Excuse my French when I say this,” Jefferson said, “but he’s a f–kin’ dude. He’s a f–kin’ dude with a f–kin’ arm and he’s accurate as s–t.
“So,” he went on after some laughter, “excuse that.”
Mayfield was much more polished right away and had a very nice rookie season.
All that said, how do you think their seasons compare this year?
I'm expecting Darnold to put up numbers roughly comparable to what Mayfield did last year. High 20s TDs, low teens INTs, pushing 4000 yards.