The Mystery Of The Quarterback at Number 1 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft

Sep 2, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 2, 2017; Iowa City, IA, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

For quite some time, the Cleveland Browns have had numerous discussions about their future franchise quarterback. Since 1999, the Cleveland Browns have had twenty-nine starting quarterbacks. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots have had only five starting quarterbacks since 1999, mostly because Tom Brady was injured or because of the great deflategate suspension. It’s been very hard for Browns fans to comprehend the fact we are still looking for a franchise quarterback.

The 2018 draft class is one of the best we’ve seen at the quarterback position in recent years. But who really is the quarterback you want on your team? Is it Josh Allen the 6’5′ Junior out of Wyoming university? Is it Sam Darnold 6’4′ Sophomore out of USC? Is it Josh Rosen Junior out of UCLA? Or finally the Heisman winner in Baker Mayfield who’s a senior from The University of Oklahoma.There’s a lot of talents that are listed, but who really is the guy Dorsey should put his card in for at number one overall?


To AFC North fans, we all think it is built on big boys named Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and Sam Darnold. So does this mean Baker Mayfield is out automatically? If he’s automatically out because of his size we should all be very upset.

Baker is the most accurate quarterback in this years class. He can fit in tight spaces to his receivers and tight ends. He’s got great speed and athletic ability similar to Johnny Manziel. And who didn’t love Manziel out of college? Unfortunately for Johnny, Baker could outsmart him in any category in football. Baker knows the game inside and out. He’s got the passion we all may have never seen from an athlete other than Tim Tebow. Baker loves to have fun out on the field and giving him an offensive core consisting of Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and David Njoku could be very interesting to watch not only now, but also in the future.  Baker’s leadership is undeniably the best in this class and it shouldn’t go unnoticed. Dorsey has told him he’s still in the conversation for number one overall in which he should.


Now for Josh Rosen. One could argue that he is the most pro ready and accurate passer in the 2018 draft class. There’s really nothing wrong with Josh Rosen, he’s a big boy similar to Aaron Rodgers, can make any throw, and is undeniably clutch. We all remember Josh Rosen’s insane comeback from 44-10 against Texas A&M.  Stunned, we all thought he should’ve been the first overall pick on every team’s board. Unfortunately for Rosen, all the other quarterbacks performed very well too. When USC played UCLA, we all know Josh Rosen outplayed Sam Darnold.

But why is Sam Darnold considered to be better than Rosen and ultimately selected before the UCLA signal-caller? Simply because of the system. Browns fans assume Rosen doesn’t want to come here just like the Eli Manning situation with the then-San Diego Chargers, but present-day Los Angeles Chargers.

Sam Darnold, the consensus number one overall pick, right? Unfortunately no. The Cleveland Browns are letting Darnold go to meetings with teams, which should mean they have an idea of who they’re going to draft, or they simply haven’t decided. The draft is two weeks away, and you have to wonder what Dorsey is trying to do when it comes to addressing the quarterback situation.

As of now, no one knows, most likely if they have a “source” they’re wrong. Adam Schefter had a “source” saying in 2017 Mitchell Trubisky will go number one overall over Myles Garrett. But Sam Darnold’s traits are off the charts, I personally believe he’s the next coming of Andrew Luck. Look at his throwing motion and compare it to the Indianapolis Colts quarterback.  Same exact motion. Sam Darnold won big games, one being the Rose Bowl where he put up an insane performance of 62.3% passing for 453 yards and 5 touchdowns. While that was an amazing performance, unfortunately, the budding star in Darnold we saw at the Rose Bowl didn’t truly show up till later in the year versus Stanford in the conference championship. Darnold is a leader, a winner, is smart and athletic, while most of all being caring.  He changed his flight to throw to his good friend Ronald Jones III. One area of concern regarding Darnold is his fumbles. But the good thing about those is that they are fixable with Hue Jackson the so-called “QB Guru”.  The Browns should most likely select him as being the quarterback for the future.


Now for Josh Allen, the player who has the biggest arm in this class. John Dorsey and the Cleveland Browns have loved Josh Allen, with Hue Jackson being the one to say regarding Allen compared to all other quarterbacks in this class: “I think the guy’s in there. I really do.” With the hiring of Todd Haley as offensive coordinator and former offensive coach to Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Allen to the Browns has been a huge debate recently, as Allen is receiving Ben Roethlisberger-like comparisons.  Allen has got the biggest body, fastest legs, and the is smartest out of anyone in this quarterback class.

Unfortunately for Josh Allen against power 5 conferences he’s 0-3 with a fifty-two percent passer rating and had only one touchdown with eight interceptions. Simply put, Allen has not performed up to expectations to be considered for the first overall pick and the Browns would be wise to stay away from him. Unfortunately, a lot of executives and scouts in the NFL believe that on April 26th Josh Allen will hear his name called first overall and will be the franchise quarterback for the future in Cleveland. Let’s talk about his positives, he’s obviously the smartest quarterback of the class destroying everyone by a large margin, was quicker in the 40-yard dash with a 4.76, similar to Carson Wentz’s 4.77 40-yard dash. To be fair for Allen his wide receivers were never really open which led to a decrease in passing percentage and touchdowns. Also, don’t use the fact his wide receivers dropped more passes because you’re wrong by a large margin. Josh Allen had his passes dropped 4.8% of the time while Lamar Jackson former Heisman winner had an astonishing 8.5% of his passes dropped. Josh Allen is simply a project that will need a year or two, luckily the Browns will have enough time with Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback for the 2018 season.

As a fellow Browns fan, we hope for the best for our team regardless of who we pick, we all will support the quarterback on the field regardless. It’s as simple as “Go Browns” every Sunday and that will never change, mainly because the Cleveland Browns have the best fans in the NFL. Until April 26th I hope everyone enjoys the process. As always, see you next year for the 2019 NFL draft! At least us Browns fans got something to live up to every year!

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