The Cleveland Browns are officially on the clock with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the franchise appears to be closing in on what they will do. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen during an appearance on NFL Live Tuesday afternoon, the Browns are currently deciding between two of the top quarterbacks in the draft class.
Mortensen claims the Browns are set to choose between either Wyoming star quarterback Josh Allen, who is known for his high potential and cannon of an arm, or USC signal-caller Sam Darnold, who is currently more polished as a prospect.
Chris Mortensen on NFL Live right now: It's down to Sam Darnold or Josh Allen for the #Browns.
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 27, 2018
Allen is known for his physical presence and “prototypical size.” There are concerns about his accuracy, however, so taking him as a project with the top pick on a team that needs talent all over the field could prove to be a mistake for Cleveland. Of course, if he fully develops — which none of their other top quarterback picks have been able to do — he could be the franchise cornerstone for years to come.
With Darnold, you have a player who excelled at the collegiate level in a pro offense against some of the best defenses in the country.
Either pick has its pros and cons, but ultimately it will come down to draft night until we learn who the Browns are going to give the keys to the franchise to. Browns fans will be holding their collective breath.
The 2018 NFL Draft takes place April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.