Cleveland Browns: Staff predictions for the first and fourth picks

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Writer: Shane Carter

The team needs its QB. Typed Taylor, right now, is probably the best QB the team has had since maybe Brian Hoyer (and that’s not saying much) and will probably help the team get a few wins in 2018. But Taylor is probably not the future option.

Darnold has the most upside of any QB in the draft and despite being younger than some, is the best one, hands down. His turnovers are probably a result of having a terrible offensive line and maybe just one or two real weapons to give out.

Yet despite that, he completed about 65% of his passes for his career, 21-6 record in 2 seasons as a starter and was responsible for 64 total touchdowns.

He’s not a day one starter, but none of this years rookie QBs are but Darnold looks like the one who has the highest ceiling and if he learns how to protect the ball like Tyrod Taylor, the ceiling is not his ceiling.

This pick became more interesting once Indy traded with the Jets, and will be more interesting with whatever the Giants decide to do.

I know Browns fans want Barkley but the only ways that happen are Cleveland take his #1 overall or if he can “Escape from New York”

As of today, however, the teams biggest need is a #1 corner. With the new acquisition of Damarius Randall switching to free safety, it not only eliminates the need for a safety but probably means Minkah Fitzpatrick is out of the equation.

Denzel Ward is the best corner in this draft and is the closest thing the Browns have seen as a shut down corner since Joe Haden’s prime. He’s the best and smartest pick at 4 overall.