For some draft picks, the process of becoming acclimated to a new environment is quicker given their circumstances.
Saquon Barkley of the Giants was born in Brooklyn, and didn't live far from his new home even when he was in Pennsylvania. Shaquem Griffin of the Seahawks may be making a shift from Florida to Seattle, but he has his twin brother Shaquill Griffin to guide him through the process.
Sam Darnold, on the other hand, is transitioning from sunny, laidback Los Angeles to the hustle and bustle of New York City without someone to lean on, or understanding of how this side of the states operates. In fact, he just visited the Big Apple for the first time only a few weeks ago.
"I actually visited New York City for the first time a couple weeks ago and it's a lot bigger than LA," he told WFAN's Mike Francesa. "The buildings when you're actually on the street, looking at the buildings and everything that's going on when you're in NYC, it's pretty crazy. But it's awesome, too. The people are amazing, I feel like everyone is in a rush wherever they're going. So, it's a little bit different in that regard."
Not only does he need to get accustomed to a new city and way of living, but Darnold must also settle in with his new team. The Jets have expectations as tall as those skyscrapers he referenced, and after getting his first few reps as an official Jet in the books this past weekend, he knows exactly what he needs to do to live up to them.
"I think the biggest thing for me is coming to work every day," Darnold said when asked what he wishes to accomplish in his first days as a Jet. "It sounds cliche but it's so true. Just doing my job every single day in the classroom, on the field - and by classroom I mean film room. Being able to study and learn the playbook. Learn from guys like Teddy (Bridgewater), from Josh (McCown), guys like (Christian) Hack(enberg). Guys who have been there and have more experience than me.
"Just going to learn as much as I can in the short amount of time that I have to learn. So, just going to step in there, be myself, do my thing and lead the way that I lead."
The obvious question heading into training camp will be if Darnold can win the quarterback job for Week 1. Josh McCown is the expected starter, as head coach Todd Bowles already has him in the QB1 slot heading into the summer.
But Darnold isn't necessarily worrying about beating out his new teammates at the moment. He wants to continue his transition to the Jets by learning the playbook as best he can before the real competition begins.
"I mean, in terms of just understanding the playbook, I think just understanding that. But like you said, I can't really form any goals around what I want to accomplish this year without knowing what my role on the team is going to be," Darnold said. "Whether I'm a backup, I'm going to have a different role than I would have if I was a starter. So I think just knowing what my role and going about it that way is what I'm going to do."
To become a starter, Hall of Famer Joe Namath says Darnold must first show his coaches and teammates in practice that they can trust him. Darnold couldn't agree more.
"I actually saw that," he said of Namath's comments. "It's just reassuring because I know that's exactly what I have to do. I did that at USC. Like I said before, I'm not going to come in and demand anyone's respect. I know I have to earn it."
But Darnold has a long way before he can prove himself. Until then, he will continue getting familiar with his new city. And more importantly, his playbook.