Cleveland Browns: Saquon Barkley at No. 1, Josh Allen at No. 4?
By Randy Gurzi
Should the Cleveland Browns take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 1 overall and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No 4?
Many of the Cleveland Browns fans want to see them take the biggest star of the 2018 NFL Combine Saquon Barkley in April’s draft. In order to secure the Penn State running back’s services though, they likely have to take him with the first overall selection.
That means then that they could very well lose out on Sam Darnold, the quarterback out of USC that most expect to land in Cleveland with that selection. What they could still do in such a scenario is land Barkley at one and still get another Combine star with their fourth pick — Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen isn’t the most polished passer, but he’s got an arm like no one else in the draft. That was put on display this weekend.
On top of that, Allen was good in the 40-yard dash by posting a 4.75 at 237-pounds. He also had a great vertical jump (33.5 inches) and broad jump (119 inches).
The knock on Allen is the accuracy he shows. He completed just 56 percent of his passes in his career at Wyoming, but working on his fundamentals can help in that regard. It would also help if he had someone like Barkley to hand the ball off to.
We all saw the difference in Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott when he had Ezekiel Elliott. When the star running back was in the backfield, he looked like the next big thing at quarterback, but without him the accuracy was ugly.
It’s much easier to throw when people are wide open, and Dallas was able to get that result thanks to Elliott pounding the ball and then them running play action. Why can’t Cleveland do the same thing with the Barkley, Allen combo?
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It’s intriguing, but should it happen? Get into the discussion below and let us know if you would be happy with the Browns going Barkley and Allen in the 2018 NFL Draft.