The Cleveland Browns come away with three first-round 2018 NFL Draft picks in this post Senior Bowl mock.
The Cleveland Browns have been preparing for the 2018 NFL Draft since losing their first game of the season last September, but it’s a little easier to write about now that the Senior Bowl is in the books.
Some look at the NFL combine as the kickoff to draft season, but don’t overlook the senior bowl. The event isn’t usually filled with a lot of first-round talent, but there are players available in the game who will become invaluable ports of their future teams.
The Browns coached at the senior bowl last season and came away with little known defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. The University of Charlotte product isn’t first-team All-Pro, but he’s a nice building block on the Browns defensive line.
The future of the Browns as is at stake, just like it was when these five players were drafted. But instead of winning Super Bowl, they’re better suited for the XFL.
Hopefully, Dorsey can do a lot better.
1. Browns, Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Criticizing John Dorsey for being too honest would be insane. I love it when GMs talk. We’re talking football here, not issues of national security.
So when the Browns’ top football man continues to speak positively about Baker Mayfield, you’ve got to pay attention.
There’s two things that came out of the Senior Bowl: Dorsey said that Mayfield is in play with the No. 1 pick, and he believes comparing Mayfield to Johnny Manziel has been media driven.
2. Giants, Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Sam Darnold gets to sit for a year or two behind Eli Manning. That’s too god to be true for the Giants. A lot of mocks have Josh Rosen going to New York, but if Darnold falls to No. 2, it’d be surprising to see them pass up a player with Darold’s upside.
3. Jets, Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (Predicted trade with Colts)
Saquon Barkley is a talented player, but one NFL insider thinks putting him in a position to be a top-three pick may be a media creation.
The Colts could certainly use Barkley, but the opportunity to trade down to a quarterback hungry team is too tempting to resist.
The Jets were supposed to be worse than the Browns in 2018 as the franchise was supposedly set to tank for their next franchise quarterback. Well, New York didn’t take and actually gave their fans a reason to be excited through November. And they’re still getting their franchise quarterback.
4. Browns, via Texans: Chubb, EDGE, NC State
Dorsey met privately with USTA defensive end Marcus Davenport. Undoubtedly, Dorsey is doing his due dilligence, but the meeting did highlight the need for the Browns to bolster their rushing attack. Bradley Chubb and Davenport are in play with the No. 4 pick because Dorsey likes players who can get to the quarterback. Don’t they all? The fact that Browns town is still looking for a defensive end does not make the selection of Emmanuel Ogbah in the 2016 draft look great.