Josh Allen — At the end of the day, I feel that the Browns will select Allen as the first player in this year’s draft. He’s got the size (6’5”, 240 lbs) and a cannon for an arm. He is the prototypical pocket passer that every team wishes they had under center. His accuracy is in question (under 56% for his college career), but how many guys have his arm strength and can make the throws he does? Additionally, Cleveland is a bad weather city and they need someone who can throw in wind, rain, snow, etc. The Browns brought in Tyrod Taylor this season, mainly so they could take their time and not rush whomever they draft. With time, Allen has huge upside and it will be a major surprise if he doesn’t go first.
Prediction: 1st overall to the Cleveland Browns
Sam Darnold — If the Browns take Allen as I predict, then the New York Giants will be on the clock and have huge decisions to make. Do they take a QB like Sam Darnold? Do they take Saquon Barkley? Or do they trade down and make a monster deal that can set them up for the future? My guess is that the Giants pass on Darnold and take Barkley. Had this been a year ago at this time, I would have been incredulous at that proposition. Darnold looked amazing in his Freshman season, and at that point he seemed a likely 1st overall pick in the NFL Draft. However, last season I saw a QB who made many mistakes and forced bad passes all over the place. The Pac-12 is not the NFL, so I can only imagine what will happen in Darnold’s first few years in the league when he is first learning to read professional defenses. Do I think Darnold can play in this league? Certainly. But if you ask me whether I see a Pro-Bowl level talent here, I don’t see it right now.
Prediction: 3rd Overall to the New York Jets
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