The annual SB Nation Writers Mock Draft has been rolling on over at our network's draft coverage stream. The way it works is that each NFL blog picks a player for their team when their site is on the clock. Earlier in the week, I took QB Sam Darnold with the No. 1 overall pick for the Browns. At No. 4 overall, the choice was pretty easy.
No. 4 - RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Chris Pokorny: “Defensive end Bradley Chubb would have been under strong consideration here, but the Giants selected him at No. 2 overall. From there, it came down to a decision between running back Saquon Barkley and cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Barkley won out.
I’ll concede that it would crowd the Browns’ backfield situation a bit, having veteran Carlos Hyde and outstanding receiving back Duke Johnson. But this Browns offense is in need of more game-changing playmakers. Johnson has shown an ability to do that from a receiving aspect, but isn’t going to be utilized as an every-down player. There is value in Barkley becoming the primary back, where he can try to have the same type of impact that guys like Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley have had on their respective offenses. Taking a running back this high is a little nerve-racking because of how Trent Richardson turned out many years ago, but at the end of the day, that has no bearing on how Barkley will turn out for Cleveland.”
(In parenthesis is the average voting rank given on Mocking the Draft by voters -- 1 = F; 2 = D; 3 = C; 4 = B; 5 = A)
To see what Dan Kadar thought of our pick (and what people are saying in the comments section), go here. The voting has us at a grade of 4.50, which is really high, and well above the respectable vote of 4.14 that our selection of Darnold had. If you feel the pick should be rated higher (or lower), feel free to head on over and vote!