Cleveland Browns "Definitely" Considering Baker Mayfield As #1 Pick


Whooo boy. This is one pick that should not even be a consideration.

If the Browns have privately decided on USC's Sam Darnold as the top pick in this year's draft, they aren't willing to surrender the potential for last-minute leverage, much less the potential for last-minute drama.

His overall stats while at Wyoming don't suggest No. 1 overall pick, but quarterback Josh Allen has reportedly been in the minds of the Cleveland Browns when deciding who they will pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The favorite is now USC's Sam Darnold who is now -210 at 5Dimes.

Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy victor from Oklahoma, recently visited with the Browns. In his final mock draft, Kiper thought the 49ers would take him at No. 7, but he went three spots later to the Jaguars, who traded up to get him.

Mayfield recently visited with the Browns, with general manager John Dorsey referring to the 23-year-old as a "pleasant fella" during his Thursday news conference.

If not, well, these are the bumbling Browns.

"If it's a dynamic player at that position that is a game-changer, they're not going to take anything short of the mortgage for the house, the farm and everything to come up", Keim said. Of course, there's also the chance that it's neither of the two.

Top quarterback: Cam Newton, Auburn.

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He knows what he's looking for.

"I continue to hear that Mitchell Trubisky is square in consideration and may turn out to be the No. 1 pick", Schefter said. Does he have a strong arm? Can he drive the ball?

If you watched this past season's College Football Playoff, then you saw the Dawgs' Smith all over the field in the semifinal win over Oklahoma and the national title game loss to the Tide. As for another top quarterback, Rosen, "I would probably sell the tractor and some yard tools for Rosen, and that would be the difference there". And with several teams in the market for a quarterback, it's likely the Browns will entertain offers. This trade scenario allows the Bills to get the 5th overall pick, as well as keep a 2nd round pick and their early 3rd round pick from the Browns.

A league source told ESPN that the former Oklahoma quarterback can not be ruled out as a possibility for the top overall selection.

Radio broadcast host Dan Patrick said on Monday that he's hearing the Browns are mulling between Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen or Mayfield, who is the reigning Heisman Trophy victor.

Despite not keeping his lip sealed on who he'll take, the consensus belief is that the Giants will take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley if he's still on the board.

49ers fans are familiar with NaVorro Bowman, who went 91st overall in 2010 and was named a first-team All-Pro four times. Every elite team in the 2017 National Football League season had a good offensive line.

"I would be thrilled to have a guy like that because he fits all of the models we talk about", Dorsey said. "Really, he is a super kid". To add further evidence, look at former 49ers linebacker Chris Borland (Round 3) and his one-year stint with the team before retiring.