New York Jets draft Sam Darnold in 2018 NFL Draft, social media reacts

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Quarterback Sam Darnold
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Quarterback Sam Darnold /

When the New York Jets drafted Sam Darnold with the third pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, social media went off with reactions and throwbacks.

Sam Darnold is now a New York Jet.

The USC quarterback was selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday night, sending Twitter into a flurry as reactions came swirling in.

One Trojan legend put to words what many USC fans were thinking when they saw the Cleveland Browns pass on Darnold in order to take Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall.

But the Trojans quarterback didn’t have to wait long to hear his name called. After the Giants snatched up Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, the Jets used their pick to draft Darnold at No. 3 overall.

That set off a wave of responses from Darnold’s past and present teammates, but no one was more excited to see Darnold in the Big Apple than defensive linemen like Leonard Williams, who has thrived for the Jets in the trenches since he was drafted No. 6 overall in 2015, and Claude Pelon, who is also a member of the Jets.

Here’s what other Trojan teammates and former players had to say about Darnold’s selection:

Players weren’t the only ones cheering on Darnold. USC’s coaches and staff also jumped on Twitter to lend their support.

While there was plenty of time to congratulate Darnold, Twitter also did what Twitter does best. Many were quick to point out the slew of Jets fans who’d invested in the quarterback long before this year’s draft. Other media members drew other lines to coincidences and connections.

Darnold’s time in New York is just beginning, but he’ll hope to avoid going down the road which took Mark Sanchez from the No. 5 pick to the “butt fumble.”

Twitter will be along for the whole ride.