Who should the Browns draft No. 1?
You’re John Dorsey. You’re the general manager of the Cleveland Browns. You have the first overall selection of the 2018 NFL draft. You’re on the clock. Who do you take?
Do you go quarterback? Running back? Pass rusher? That’s the subject of our weekly Talk of Fame Network poll – who should John Dorsey claim with the first pick of the 2018 NFL draft? The fate of your franchise could ride on this pick. Here are your options:
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming. Allen spent his first season in junior college, then transferred to Wyoming for a redshirt year in 2015. He became a starter in 2016 and authored one of the greatest seasons ever by a Wyoming quarterback, passing for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for seven more. In 2017 he passed for four touchdowns in a game against New Mexico and three more against Texas State, but his season was slowed by a shoulder injury that cost him 10 quarters. He passed for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions, rushing for five more scores.
Saquon Barkley, HB, Penn State. Barkley became only the second player in Penn State history to rush for 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, then opted to skip his senior season to turn pro. He rushed for 3,843 career yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and scored 43 touchdowns. He also set a school record by scoring touchdowns in 15 consecutive games. He caught 102 career passes for 1,195 yards and eight more scores. He returned 14 kickoffs last season for an average of 28.4 yards, with two more touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option in 2017.
Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State. The Wolfpack thought enough of Chubb as a junior to assign him jersey number 9, last worn by their All-America pass rusher Mario Williams. He became a two-year captain and collected all the hardware in 2017, winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, the Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defender and the Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He collected 10 sacks in both his junior and senior seasons and finished second in the NCAA in tackles for loss in 2017 with 23.
San Darnold, QB, Southern Cal. Darnold redshirted as a freshman, then became a two-year starter for the Trojans. He passed for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 2016, then passed for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017. He had eight 300-yard passing games last season, including 397 against Texas, 358 against Utah and 356 against Ohio State. He threw four TD passes against Stanford and three apiece against Texas, Utah, Arizona State and Oregon State. He also rushed for five scores.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner. Mayfield led the NCAA in passing last season with a 198.9 efficiency rating. A former walk-on at two schools (Texas Tech and Oklahoma), Mayfield finished second in the nation in both passing yards (4,627) and touchdowns (43) last season and fifth in total offense with an average of 352.7 yards per game. He also passed for 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2016 and 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015. Mayfield threw for 598 yards and five TDs against Oklahoma State in 2017, 386 yards and three TDs against Ohio State and 333 yards and three TDs against TCU.
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The first true freshman ever to start at quarterback for the Bruins. Rosen became a three-year starter, setting a school record with his 3,756 passing yards in 2017 and finishing third on the school’s all-time list with 9,341 career passing yards. He missed seven games in 2016 with a shoulder injury that required surgery and two more games in 2017 with first a hand injury and then a concussion. He threw for 491 yards and four touchdowns against Texas A&M last season, 480 yards and three touchdowns against Stanford and 421 yards and three scores against Southern Cal.