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Jim Mora: "I Would Take Sam Darnold If I Were The Browns"

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Former UCLA head coach Jim Mora thinks the Cleveland Browns should select Sam Darnold, from crosstown rival USC, with the first pick in the draft.* Mora said this on live television even though Josh Rosen, whom he coached at UCLA, is also right there at the top of most draft boards.

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Mora’s explanation? Darnold has “that blue-collar, gritty attitude” and “represents what Cleveland is.”

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Darnold was born in Capistrano Beach, Calif., and raised in nearby San Clemente—both renowned incubators of the blue-collar, gritty attitude so synonymous with Cleveland. Mora’s really just trying to save his own QB from the Browns.

* An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Mora as Jim Mora Jr. Though he shares the same first name as his father, Mora is not a junior.

Dom Cosentino is a staff writer at Deadspin.

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