Bryce Petty

Jets draft USC quarterback Sam Darnold with No. 3 pick

The cool, calm and confident kid from Southern California is going from Hollywood to the Big Apple.

The New York Jets selected USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night — and they didn't have to endure a horrific season to get him, after all.

Since the glory days of Joe Namath nearly 50 years ago, the Jets have been searching for a homegrown QB to deliver a similar type of sustained success as the face of the franchise.

New York is counting on the athletic and strong-armed Darnold to be their man.

"I'm taking it head on," Darnold said during a conference call. "I'm a pretty confident guy and I'm...