First overall pick is easy but the fourth pick is splitting hairs
With the first overall pick, I am going with USC’s Sam Darnold. There has not been a good starting quarterback coming from USC since Carson Palmer and that is a concern. However, that doesn’t change what I see in Darnold, which is a future franchise quarterback.
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Darnold is not going to play in 2018. While he stands on the sideline, he will learn how to alter how he holds the football so fumbles don’t occur. In addition, improving his mechanics will be key. Every QB in this class needs work in that area in some way.
Weighing the pros and cons of the top five quarterbacks and what they could become, Darnold best fits Cleveland. Both now and in the future. While Darnold is not the most pro ready now, he is the best bet for the long run.
If other quarterbacks end up doing big things in the NFL, good for them. Darnold will be in that group too. With that in mind, all I care about is what Darnold does. At the end of the day, he will prove doubters wrong.
Fourth overall pick options
With the fourth pick, my decision hinges on what the New York Giants do with the second pick. I have three options: NC State defensive end/EDGE Bradley Chubb, Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward, and trading down. As much as I like Ward and want to take him at four, I don’t. Trading down, whether that be a few spots or a significant amount doesn’t cut it either. I stay at home and select Chubb but it is splitting hairs.
Teams can never have too many pass rushers. Adding Chubb to the mix provides the defense another key front seven player who can help Myles Garrett and company get after all the quarterbacks they will see.