Cleveland Browns: A new combo in FanSided’s latest mock draft

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The Cleveland Browns are firmly set at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft, and continue to move up with their second pick thanks to the Houston Texans.

An 0-14 record means Cleveland Browns fans are ready for this miserable season to end. Next up, the 2018 NFL Draft.

Brad Weiss of FanSided rolled out a mock draft a week ago, selecting Josh Rosen and Derwin James for the Browns in the first round.

Both were solid picks, but Weiss changed things up in his latest mock draft that came out today. He still has the Browns taking Rosen with the first pick, but now has the Browns drafting Saquon Barkley at No. 4 overall after moving up a few picks thanks to the way the Houston Texans are collapsing as the season comes to an end.

Drafting both of these players would immediately upgrade the offense, but I am still worried about Barkley’s role if Hue Jackson remains the head coach. He only gave Isaiah Crowell five carries a week ago in a close game, and that is with DeShone Kizer at quarterback. If he has a more talented player under center, will Jackson ever run the ball?

I hope the answer is yes, and having a star in the backfield should help move away from the games where the running game is nearly nonexistent, as we saw last Sunday. And that is assuming Jackson even returns, which remains up in the air even if Jimmy Haslam claims otherwise. We should all know how fast he changes his promises by now.

As for Rosen, he will likely continue appearing at the top of mock drafts at least until the Combine rolls around. That is where we may see some shifts in national big boards, but ultimately it will come down to him, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield.

Next: Looking for reasons to believe in John Dorsey

John Dorsey seems to be set on taking a quarterback with that first pick, so let’s hope he sticks with that mindset. Even if he brings in a veteran this offseason, it would be foolish to pass on yet another top quarterback in a draft.