Year-after-year, the Cleveland Browns seem to have a surplus of draft picks in the first two rounds, and 2018 is no different. That makes it even more entertaining when two-round mock drafts come along, which Dan Kadar of SB Nation unveiled this week. Here is first stab at a two-round mock, as we highlight just the selections for the Browns:
- Round 1, No. 1 Overall: QB Sam Darnold, USC
- Round 1, No. 4 Overall: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- Round 2, No. 33 Overall: CB Carlton Davis, Auburn
- Round 2, No. 35 Overall: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland
- Round 2, No. 64 Overall: CB Rashaan Gaulden, Tennessee
No matter what the Browns do, they’re getting an overhaul with these five picks. Kadar chooses to go heavy on offense with three of the picks, but the other two picks focus on the cornerback position, leaving pass rusher and an offensive tackle out of consideration (although the Browns also have No. 65 overall to begin the third round, leaving this as a slightly incomplete picture).
Here is what Kadar said about the team’s first round selections of Darnold and Barkley:
(At No. 1) Whether it’s Darnold, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma or Josh Rosen of UCLA, there still shouldn’t be a strong consensus on the quarterback the Browns should take with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Darnold just sort of feels like a holding pattern with the top pick until we hear more from new Browns general manager John Dorsey at the NFL Scouting Combine.
(At No. 4) Although Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick is a popular choice for the Browns, Barkley is as well. For the Browns, much of this offseason needs to be about fixing the NFL’s worst offense. The Browns actually have a pretty good offensive line, so a player like Barkley could thrive if he’s utilized.
What would your reaction be if the Browns’ draft started off like this?