People are way to quick to anoint Darnold a "true franchise QB and savior" but from what we've already seen, it's safe to say he's better than what we've had. He may never reduce the turnover issues, but he's also dealing with a disaster of a roster on the offensive side of the ball, so there's little reason to think he won't at least be solid. And solid is a monumental improvement over the past.
Also, this feels different than the other times the "best guys" fell to us. The Browns took their top QB, which QBASE agreed with. I'd have done it differently, but you can at least follow the logic. The Giants took the top playmaker in the draft with the hope that between him, eli, and odell, they could win in the short term. I'd also have done it differently, but you can again follow the logic. In the past, the Jets took low-value position guys that were considered to be top guys, but other teams passed because they don't play positions that matter as much.