At this point, it seems to be a virtual lock that the Cleveland Browns
will draft a quarterback with the first overall pick.
More than likely, USC's Sam Darnold will be the pick. That said, a "friend
" of Browns GM John Dorsey
expects the pick to be Wyoming's Josh Allen
No quarterback has more upside than Allen and the Browns can afford to sit whichever signal-caller they select here with Tyrod Taylor
as the team's 2018 starter.
When the Jets traded three second-round picks -- two this year and one next year -- to move up three spots (from No. 6 to No. 3), it wasn't to draft Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson, the top-three prospects in this year's draft class and all non-QBs.
Like the Browns, the New York Jets
have long struggled to find their franchise quarterback and the amount they've given up to move up makes it all but certain that the Jets will draft a quarterback. By re-signing Josh McCown
, the Jets have an ideal bridge quarterback for whomever they select.
That leaves the New York Giants
at No. 2.
In his career, Dave Gettleman has yet to trade back. In any round. Ever.
Most view Saquon Barkley as the top prospect and the Giants need to address the running game. Meanwhile, both Chubb and Nelson fill positions of need. So, in other words, the best players in the draft match team needs and it's certainly possible that the team decides that they could win now with Eli Manning
under center and filling other needs in the draft.
Then again, it's rare that they pick this high. As we've heard often throughout the offseason, the last time was when they drafted Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor
It would make more sense for the Giants to either draft a quarterback like UCLA's Josh Rosen and prepare for life after Eli or
trade back and acquire the princely sum they would receive from another quarterback-needy team like the Buffalo Bills
, who may want to get in front of the Jets.
At the moment, our 2018 NFL Mock Draft
begins with a QB-QB-QB start as we project the Giants to trade back.
With all of that said, will the draft start QB-QB-QB or will a non-QB be selected with one of the top-three picks?
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