In fact, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't even expect Darnold or Rosen to be the first player taken at their position. A year ago, Cleveland took a similarly raw player in DeShone Kizer and tossed him into the flames to disastrous results. Whether that happens in the first round, second round, or later in the draft will be telling for what they think of their quarterback situation moving forward.
Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. announced his Mock Draft 1.0 on SportsCenter Thursday morning, and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen was predicted by Kiper to go No. 1 in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns. It's a controversial prediction.
Kiper said Carlson, a three-time Lou Groza Award finalist, "didn't have the great year he anticipated" but was still the top kicker in the draft. His sub-60 percent completion percentage and poor showings against Power Five foes will certainly do that.
In his two seasons as Wyoming's starting quarterback, Allen accounted for 5,833 yards of total offense and was responsible for 57 touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving. And Kiper believes Allen has it.
USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen are probably in contention for the No. 1 overall pick, too, assuming Cleveland wants to go with a quarterback. Todd and I were talking about it, I said this Vander Esch kid really impressed me, he said he saw it as well.
"The best comp for Allen (6-5, 233) is Big Ben (Roethlisberger) when he came out of college", the unnamed executive told the Plain-Dealer.
Yet, compared to last year, when Myles Garrett was the sure-fire top prospect, this year's class has very little clarity, particularly before the combine and workouts. Baker Mayfield is probably a first-round pick, also, but not at No. 1.
The 2018 NFL Draft will be held from April 26 through April 28 in Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and the location of LSU's 2018 season opener versus Miami.