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Why The Cleveland Browns Should Draft Sam Darnold 1st Overall

Welcome to our 2018 NFL Mock Draft! We have joined together with writers from a handful of other fantasy sports websites to preview the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, from the viewpoint of how these picks will affect Fantasy Football owners. The mock draft is a slow draft, and we'll be updating all of the picks here.

The Cleveland Browns have a long history of making the wrong pick in the NFL Draft. When they returned to the NFL in 1999, they drafted Tim Couch with the 1st overall pick. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Donovan McNabb with the next pick. In 2000, again with the 1st pick in the draft, Cleveland selected Courtney Brown. His Penn State teammate, LaVar Arrington, went 2nd and Brian Urlacher was the 9th pick. With the 3rd pick in 2001, the Browns drafted Gerard Warren - the Cincinnati Bengals selected DE Justin Smith next and the San Diego Chargers picked LaDanian Tomlinson 5th.

In more recent years, they "passed on" Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson.

The list goes on and on.

The 2018 NFL Draft is setup in a such a way for the Browns that they almost can't mess this one up...right?!

After acquiring Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry in trades and signing Carlos Hyde to go along with Josh Gordon, Duke Johnson and David Njoku, the Browns have a legit offense heading into next season.

When considering which QB to draft - Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield - the Browns are looking at the 2019 season and beyond.  As long as Tyrod Taylor stays healthy, the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft should expect to hold a clipboard all year.

For those Dynasty Fantasy Football owners who will be adding whatever QB the Browns draft,  be patient.  The weapons he will have at his disposal are better than what the Giants/Jets/Bills/Broncos/Cardinals potential future QB will inherit,

In my opinion, their own draft history prevents them from taking Josh Allen.  He might be 6'5 with a laser, rocket arm, but they cannot afford to take on such a huge project.  From everything I have read this draft season, Darnold is much closer to being ready, despite the turnover issues and while his upside might not be as high, he is a much safer option to help continue moving this franchise in the right direction.  Allen's inaccuracy should scare the Browns away from him with the 1st pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

If you find yourself having trouble deciding which QB you think is right for the Browns, you are not alone. Looking at just the Mock Drafts that have been updated since Sunday over at Walter Football's Mock Draft Database, 32 mocks picked Josh Allen while 28 have them drafting Sam Darnold!

Mock Draft Results

1.01 - Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold
1.02 - New York Giants - Saquon Barkley 
1.03 - New York Jets - Baker Mayfield 
1.04 - Cleveland Browns - Bradley Chubb
1.05 - Denver Broncos - Josh Rosen
  • Pick by: Kevin Huo - Click here to read Kevin's write-up on
    • Our Take: Denver would be ecstatic if Rosen falls to them at pick 5.  His durability is a question mark, but his talent is undeniable.  With Case Keenum in town for two years this will give the Broncos time to get him healthy and develop him into their franchise QB.
1.06 - Indianapolis Colts - Quenton Nelson
1.07 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derwin James
  • Pick by: David Gonos - Click here to read David's write-up on
    • Our Take: Tampa will be fine on offense.  Improving their secondary will go a long way in the NFC South.  The Bucs had the worst pass defense in the NFL last season.  Adding James at safety and the acquisition of Jason Pierre-Paul this Winter will help them improve.
1.08 - Chicago Bears - Roquan Smith
1.09 - San Francisco 49ers - Tremaine Edmunds
1.10 - Oakland Raiders - Denzel Ward
1.11 - Miami Dolphins - Minkah Fitzpatrick
  • Pick by: David Gonos - Click here to read David's write-up on
    • Our Take: Miami needs so much on both sides of the ball, if I were them I would be looking to move this pick to a team that might want Josh Allen before the Bills draft him - I am looking at your Arizona!
1.12 - Buffalo Bills - Josh Allen
1.13 - Washington Redskins - Vita Vea
1.14 - Green Bay Packers - Josh Jackson
1.15 - Arizona Cardinals - Lamar Jackson
1.16 - Baltimore Ravens - Calvin Ridley
1.17 - Los Angeles Chargets - Da'Ron Payne
1.18 - Seattle Seahawks - Derrius Guice
1.19 - Dallas Cowboys - Rashaan Evans
1.20 - Detroit Lions - Taven Bryan
  • Pick by: Chris Oertle - Click here to read Chris' write-up over at
    • Our Take: The Lions have bigger needs than a defensive lineman, but Chris believes new Head Coach Matt Patricia will look to solidify his defense line, just like those great Patriots teams.
1.21 - Cincinnati Bengals - James Daniels
  • Pick by: Tony Reimer -
    • Our Take: Already added Cordy Glenn to the O-Line, now add Daniels at C and the Bengals could get that offense rolling again in 2018.
1.22 - Buffalo Bills - Leighton Vander Esch
1.23 - New England Patriots - Mike McGlinchey
  • Pick by: Chris Oertle - Click here to read Chris' write-up over at 
    • Our Take: Nate Solder out, Mike McGlinchey in.
1.24 - Carolina Panthers - Isaiah Oliver
1.25 - Tennessee Titans - Will Hernandez
1.26 - Atlanta Falcons - Isaiah Wynn
  • Pick by: Craig Talley -
    • Our Take: The more time Matt Ryan has to find Julio Jones, the better.
1.27 - New Orleans Saints - Dallas Goedart
1.28 - Pittsburgh Steelers - Mason Rudolph
  • Pick by: Tony Reimer -
    • Our Take: Not a fan of teams ready to win now drafting pieces for the future in the 1st round but Big Ben is nearing the end of his career.  They will need to draft defensive players with the next few picks.
1.29 - Jacksonville Jaguars - DJ Moore
1.30 - Minnesota Vikings - Billy Price
1.31 - New England Patriots - Marcus Davenport
  • Pick by: Chris Oertle - Click here to read Chris' write-up over at
    • Our Take: Well what do you know, the Patriots get another steal late in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.  Knowing them though, they will trade out and acquire an extra pick or two.
1.32 - Philadelphia Eagles - Jaire Alexander

2018 NFL Mock Draft Cleveland Browns Sam Darnold Josh Allen