Cleveland Browns: Josh Allen in play after his Pro Day?
By Randy Gurzi
After showing off his extraordinary arm strength, is Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen now in play for the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick?
The Cleveland Browns own the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the common belief is that they’ll select a quarterback with that choice. Of course, they also own the No. 4 pick, but with teams like the quarterback-needy New York Jets jumping up to the No. 3 spot, the thought process seems to be that the signal caller has to come via the opening pick.
The Browns have been often-linked to Sam Darnold, as the USC quarterback is the favorite among many experts. Darold had an up-and-down collegiate career, but lack of talent around him due to injuries provided him with an excuse.
Then he went out and threw the ball in light rain during a scripted practice with no defenders. Everyone was in awe. But, has that lost it’s muster now that Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen went out and also threw the ball with no defenders?
Allen was never as a big a prospect as Darnold, but that surely has a lot to do with the helmet’s they wore. Darold played for USC and for some reason they’re considered a quarterback powerhouse program.
However, their passers rarely live up to the hype — see Matt Brakley, Cody Kessler, Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinart and even Carson Palmer who was good, but not great in the NFL. So with that being said, should the Browns consider Allen, who also struggled with consistency during his time in the NCAA?
The short answer is absolutely. The Browns should consider Allen, but maybe not at the No. 1. Perhaps the smarter move would be to take the best player in running back Saquon Barkley first and then shoot for Allen with their next pick.
While Allen is a work in progress, so too is Darnold, and neither will play as a rookie since Tyrod Taylor is in town.
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Allen showed once again his arm strength is out of this world, and should they sit him for a season or two behind Taylor, the results could be well worth it. Then again, Darnold went to USC, so they will probably just stick with that pick and regret it soon like everyone else who drafts USC passers.