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ESPN Predicts Who The Browns Will Select With No. 1 Pick

A Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The pick is in.

The 2017 NFL season is over. Philadelphia took down New England in a high-scoring affair to win its first Super Bowl in franchise history.

As a result of their win the Eagles will pick last in the upcoming NFL draft. It's the prize given to the league's best team, other than the Lombardi Trophy of course.

While the Eagles pick last, the Cleveland Browns own two of the first four picks in the draft -- including the No. 1 overall selection. But who will the Browns draft?

Quarterback is the need. It's clear the Browns will select a quarterback at No. 1 overall if they don't land a top free agent QB like Kirk Cousins.

ESPN made a prediction for who the Browns will take at No. 1. The Worldwide Leader assumes Cleveland lands a free agent quarterback, but its not Cousins.

Dan Graziano predicts the Browns will sign AJ McCarron, who played under Hue Jackson at Cincinnati. But they'll draft a QB anyway -- Josh Allen.

The Browns take the big Wyoming quarterback No. 1 overall but sit him for at least a year behind AJ McCarron, whom they acquire when they lose out on Cousins. McCarron doesn't love having to play with a first-round pick looking over his shoulder, but his reunion with coach Hue Jackson -- his former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati -- makes it more palatable.

Besides, if you can win a couple of games with the Browns, think of how attractive that would look to future employers.

Letting a rookie quarterback learn for a year is the best possible scenario for Cleveland. Perhaps the Browns will turn it over after all.

[ESPN]