What does Browns, Baker Mayfield mean for Giants, Jets at NFL Draft?


Quarterback Josh Allen, who burst onto the scene as a draft prospect in 2016, is considered by many experts and analysts to be a possibility to go first overall to the Cleveland Browns in this year's draft.

Whether the Giants take one of the top four quarterbacks, a running back, or a pass rusher with the second pick in the draft Thursday, some unfinished business will await them in their final five picks among the later rounds Friday and Saturday.

Among those options is standout Sam Darnold, who most of the teams near the top of the order have been looking at. Louisville's Lamar Jackson may well be available in the second round if indeed they don't take USC's Darnold or UCLA's Rosen in the first. "I'm always amazed — and maybe I shouldn't be — but past year, three of the top 12 picks were quarterbacks and all three were trade-ups on draft night".

If not, well, these are the bumbling Browns. Due to some of the uncertainty surrounding the future of Rob Gronkowski with the team, taking Goedert gives them insurance in case Gronkowski isn't back next season.

Last season, Wyoming had two players drafted: running back Brian Hill (fifth round, Atlanta) and offensive lineman Chase Roullier (sixth round, Washington).

Cam Newton has won an NFL MVP award and been to the Super Bowl, while Andrew Luck has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

"A very, very, well-connected National Football League executive (who has connections to the Browns organization) said to me, 'Hey, Baker Mayfield ... is square in the conversation to become the No. 1 overall pick, ' " Schefter said Tuesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up", via Business Insider. Does he have a strong arm? When he's got time with clear feet and clear vision, he can drive the ball, and I think he's the best deep ball touch and accuracy thrower in this draft. "So I think they throw a wide net, and they look at a lot of people".

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It seems unlikely on one hand, as prospect boards and draft predictions are nearly always shuffled once the action begins and trades occur, needs are gone in one spot but present in another, and players go much earlier or later than expected. "My phone always rings", he said.

And even if Allen does fall short of eclipsing Billingsley's UW record of 14th overall, he will all but certainly make history.

Dorsey raised some eyebrows last week when he cited the importance of hand size as one of his top criteria in selecting a quarterback.

"Josh Allen may be the top guy", Esch said.

And six of the top 10 mock drafts have Barkley, the former Penn State running back, headed to NY.

Still, at 6-1 and 228 pounds with 4.4 speed, Ballage is an athlete who will be tempting to many.

When Taylor retired following the 1993 season, he was the NFL's all-time sack leader with 132.5 and helped establish the Giants as one of the game's elite teams. The Eagles went from 13 to eight to two to go get Carson Wentz.