Raymond Schwartz, 14, left, of Cranford, N.J., talks on a video conference call as New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, center, who was drafted No. 3 overall in Thursday's NFL football draft, looks on during a visit to the Goryeb Children's Hospital, Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) _ Sam Darnold made his first big play with the New York Jets.

The No. 3 overall pick in the NFL draft made a surprise visit Saturday to the Goryeb Children's Hospital, which treats young patients dealing with various ailments, including pediatric cancer.

Darnold showed up at the hospital to meet 14-year-old patient Raymond Schwartz, who was scheduled to announce the Jets' fourth-round pick - University of Miami tight end Christopher Herndon - along with former New York fullback Tony Richardson via a VGo Robot. Technical difficulties prevented Schwartz, a native of Cranford, from making the pick, but he was able to take photos with the Jets' newest quarterback.

Darnold also visited with several other patients and took photos with them and their parents.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

One parent, Jason Kaplan, of Mahwah, was wearing a Giants hooded sweatshirt, but that didn't stop him from taking a photo with Darnold.

A hospital staff member who took patients to the Intrepid Museum _ from where the Jets were making their other picks Saturday _ conducted a FaceTime call with Darnold, who was able to wish one child a Happy Birthday.

Schwartz's brother Jack later autographed a Jets flyer and gave it to Darnold, who thanked him, folded it and took it with him as he visited other children.

Darnold was a two-year starter at USC and went 20-4. The native of San Clemente, California, was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year in his first season while leading the Trojans to a victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. He was a Heisman Trophy favorite entering last season, but struggled a bit early with turnovers before bouncing back to have a strong finish and helping USC reach the Cotton Bowl.


AP Photographer Julio Cortez and AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed.


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