I’m pretty sure Cleveland Browns fans are hoping the team’s first pick in the NFL Draft doesn’t come down to a coin flip. There is a rumor going around NFL circles the team with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is still trying to decide if quarterback Sam Darnold of USC or Wyoming’s Josh Allen will be the choice.
For anyone keeping score at home, there are 15 days until the NFL Draft.
“Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports has been told that the Browns are trying to decide between Sam Darnold and Josh Allen,” Steve DelVecchio of Larry Brown Sports writes. “While there has been talk that Cleveland could use the No. 1 pick on a player like NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb and wait until No. 4 to take a QB since the draft is so deep at the position, La Canfora says it is looking like the first three picks will all be passers.”
It’s good to see La Canfora and I agree on something.
Darnold has been the prohibitive favorite to hear his name called first by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the past few months. Josh Rosen of UCLA has also been mentioned as a potential first pick. Right now, it would seem how the first few picks play out of like playing roulette.
“Everyone I speak to is convinced they [The Browns] are taking a quarterback there, it’s just a matter of which one,” La Canfora added. “If the Giants take a quarterback second overall – which is hardly a sure thing – other teams I spoke to believe Josh Rosen would merit serious consideration there. The Jets at three could be deciding between Allen or Mayfield, and I wouldn’t rule the Heisman Trophy winner out at that spot.”
Last season, the Cleveland Browns held the first pick and selected defensive end Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. If they decide to get unconventional and take Chubb, head coach Hue Jackson would have a pair of pass rushers to build his defense around.