Which player will the Cleveland Browns draft No. 1 overall this April?
The Cleveland Browns had a nightmare season in 2017, posting an 0-16 record – just the second winless campaign all-time during the 16-game era. As such, this April, they’ll have the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
What will the Browns do with that pick? Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says that a veteran scout told him he’d be surprised if they passed on Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
So in my rounds on the phone over the weekend, I heard this from a veteran college scout, a man who was one of the first to trumpet Carson Wentz as a high first-rounder during his final season at North Dakota State, on the fate of the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and on what Cleveland GM John Dorsey might do: “I believe there is no way Cleveland, at number one, will pass on [Wyoming quarterback] Josh Allen. This is Wentz reincarnated. Allen’s a perfect Dorsey quarterback. Just watch.”
Josh Allen, he of the very shaky senior season at Wyoming, the first overall pick four months from now. Hey, I’m just the messenger.
Allen didn’t have the dominant season that maybe believed he would – he finished the campaign with 1,812 passing yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions. But he’s 6-foot-5, 230 pounds with a rocket arm. We imagine the NFL Combine will be a deciding factor in where he winds up being drafted.