When this whole thing started, USC QB Sam Darnold was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick. He was the safest quarterback prospect that checked all the boxes.
But the Browns decided to go with Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. And the Giants steered clear of a quarterback, going with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley instead.
So, when the Jets saw Darnold in their lap at No. 3, they called his name.
Darnold was never focused on being called first overall. Instead, fate would land him with the right team.
"I knew whatever happens, happens. And it happens for a reason," Darnold told the media after he was picked. "That's what I believe, that's what I was raised to believe. So I'm really excited about being with the Jets and I couldn't be happier. I'm really excited to get there tomorrow, meet the teammates, meet my coaches and say hi to the front office again."
The USC product finds himself in a quarterback room that has a veteran in Josh McCown, who was brought in to mentor the quarterback the Jets decided to take. He also gets stout competition in Teddy Bridgewater to test his skills against in camp. He will also be coached by another Trojan product in offensive coordinator Jeremy bates, who he praised.
"Coach Bates is amazing. He has a great football mind and I'm looking forward to working with him," he said.
As a whole, Darnold loves what the Jets organization is doing in developing young talent to compete for years to come.
"I think what they're trying to do with their organization, with their franchise is amazing," Darnold said. "I told everyone before this: No matter where I end up, it's going to be the right fit because I truly believe that everyone -- not just the Jets -- but everyone in the top of the draft they're doing the right things."
Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles said Darnold will have to get acclimated to his new playbook and teammates before he can even be considered for the starting role despite that being the team's hope for him in the future. Darnold says he will except whatever role the Jets have him in.
"I'm just going to do my job every single day," he said. "I'm just going to work hard, make no excuses, and just go in there and work really hard.
"Whatever the role the coaches tell me to do whether it's a backup, whether it's the starter, I'm going to star in that. "
Darnold admitted he has spoken with players like Phillip Rivers, Blake Bortles, and Deshaun Watson to learn what he will be in for now that he is officially an NFL player. But he is ultimately confident his work ethic and passion for the game will show the Jets -- and the rest of the NFL -- that he is the guy they have been desperately searching for as their franchise quarterback.
"I'm just going to work the way I normally work," Darnold said. "I've always had a really good work ethic and that's because of my parents, the way I was raised. So I'm just going to continue to work how I usually do and I believe that good things are going to come out of that."