Sam Darnold might be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft, which means he’s almost certainly going to end up on a very bad team.

Right now, he’s lobbying to make sure that team isn’t too bad. His message to them: Please don’t tank too hard for me.

Here’s what the USC Trojans quarterback said in an interview with ESPN:

Darnold: “I don’t really have many thoughts about that, but I’ve definitely heard of it.”

ESPN: “Are you flattered by it a little bit?”

Darnold: “Yeah, you’ve gotta be, but you know, I don’t think any team should tank their season because of me.”

Condolences to future Cleveland Browns quarterback Sam Darnold and the 1-15 team he takes over.

[ESPN on YouTube]

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Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.