Running Back, Penn State
This is going against what many analysts are reporting. Right now, it does appear that the Browns are leaning towards taking Josh Allen with the top pick. And if the draft happened today, that’s what I would expect the pick to be. However, general manager John Dorsey is a smart man, and he may come to a realization about what is the right thing to do.
Saquon Barkley is the best player in this draft by a wide margin. The only others that rival him are Bradley Chubb and Quenton Nelson. Barkley simply has the explosive athletic ability and raw power needed to be a true three-down back at the NFL level. He was superb at the Combine and established himself as a lock for the top four picks in the draft. And in that moment, he should have been considered a shoo-in for the No. 1 pick.
However, that hasn’t been the case, as the Browns have cycled through a variety of potential options with the No. 1 pick. First, it was Sam Darnold. Then, it became clear that Josh Allen was the favorite with that selection. And as mentioned earlier, Allen has established himself as the favorite there. But still, that would be a nonsensical pick for a couple of reasons.
The first is the obvious. Allen is very raw and needs to develop. He may be the next Carson Wentz, but he may also be the next Jake Locker. The second reason that the team should pass on a quarterback at No. 1 is because Baker Mayfield appears to be a lock at the No. 3 pick. That means that the Browns could guarantee that they could get either Allen or Darnold, both of who they like, at the No. 4 pick. But, Barkley would probably come off the board at No. 2 to the Giants.
So, why wouldn’t the Browns take Barkley No. 1 overall? They would guarantee that they land the top player in the draft, and they would still land one of their favored quarterbacks. And given that is seems like most teams that could move up to No. 2 prefer Darnold, they will have a shot at Allen anyway. Hopefully Dorsey realizes this before the draft and does what is right for the Browns. That would be selecting Barkley with the first pick.