Throw out any mock drafts, there was a blockbuster NFL commerce. The Jets have moved as much as the third decide in a cope with the Colts:
This might solely imply one factor for the Jets: they’re taking a quarterback. After lacking out on Plan A Kirk Cousins, the Jets at the moment are in the place to pick their signalcaller of the future.
The group most impacted by this commerce, nevertheless, just isn’t truly the Jets or the Colts, however the Browns. The hypothesis has been that they would choose Saquon Barkley first and a quarterback fourth, however now that plan have to be omitted.
It appeared that the Browns could possibly draft Barkley, then have the full pool of QBs to select from three spots later. Now it seems as if they’ll have restricted choice, with not solely the Jets shifting up however the Giants taking a QB with the second decide.
The Browns have been a multitude in terms of the most necessary place for many years, and can’t afford to move up on one other franchise QB. That is the similar workforce that could be endlessly haunted for passing on each Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz … until they discover their man.
And it must be Sam Darnold.
In the event that they wait and choose a QB fourth, Darnold will certainly be gone and it’s doubtless Josh Rosen will probably be reserving a flight to New York (both workforce) by then. This can imply the Browns – who could also be smoke-screening for these two gamers – will once more should accept one other dangerous QB that their (dropping) surroundings has traditionally ruined.
Don’t overthink this, if the Browns attempt to get sneaky right here and wait round, they’ll find yourself in the similar place they’ve been in – being irrelevant.
Whereas Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Lamar Jackson might all succeed in the proper system, that system isn’t in Cleveland.
After today’s bombshell news, the Browns should move on Barkley and go get their franchise changer beneath middle.
There’s nonetheless a risk that Barkley could possibly be out there at the fourth decide. If not, the Browns can recuperate from passing on a RB that isn’t a workhorse and isn’t more likely to final a decade, however they can’t get well from passing up on one other recreation-altering, potential celebrity QB.
Oh, how simply at some point can change the whole future.