The NFL Draft is almost here and everyone is wondering what the Cleveland Browns will do with the first overall pick. Odds suggest the Browns take USC quarterback Sam Darnold but Wyoming Signal caller Josh Allen has been garnering plenty of steam leading up to draft night. The Browns should go with Darnold – he is the safer of the two QBs. Darnold has some issues with ball security and confidence but has the size, arm strength, mobility and poise to be at-least a competent QB at the NFL level. Allen – on the other hand – looks like an offensive coordinators dream. He is huge and possesses one of the strongest arms I’ve ever seen coming out of college but he also struggled with accuracy in college – and even dating back to his high school days.
The Browns can’t afford to take a gamble on this one – they will take the safer selection in Darnold. Now, let’s take a quick look at how I see the top five going down. We already discussed Darnold going No.1 to the Browns.
After that, expect the New York Giants to take Saquon Barkley. He’s just too good to pass up and new GM Dave Gettleman took Christian McCaffrey 8th overall last season. The New York Jets will take a quarterback at No.3 and I expect it to be Baker Mayfield. As much has been made of Mayfield’s personality and size – the dude straight up wins games and has an underappreciated understanding of football.
The Browns hit the clock again at No.4 – and they will draft Bradley Chubb. The defensive end should form an unstoppable duo with Myles Garrett – even though this could mean cap hell for the club when trying to extend both ends and Darnold around the same time. Finally, at five – I expect the Broncos will trade down – allowing the Buffalo Bills to draft Josh Rosen. The Bills have the capital to move up and the Broncos can grab a better developmental QB than Paxton Lynch later in this draft.
Ultimately, expect quarterbacks to go high in this draft. Aside from their obvious value – next year’s draft looks dreadful for quarterbacks. Teams in need of a signal caller then will need to pick between the likes of Drew Lock, Clayton Thorson and Shea Patterson. That is not a position a franchise should be in.
That’s it for my look at the NFL draft – be sure to check out OddsShark.com for all your NFL draft betting needs and notes. And as always, here’s hoping you beat that bookie.