Despite signing Carlos Hyde in free agency, the Browns take Barkley because he is an athletic freak.
By taking Allen and Barkley with their first two picks, the Browns take the two most athletic players at their positions in the draft. If they can hit on Allen and he develops to his potential, putting him with an elite prospect like Barkley and an athletic freak like Josh Gordon gives Cleveland an extremely intriguing young nucleus for years to come. (Stephen)
Previous Pick: Bradley Chubb
While the Bills are trading up to get the fourth quarterback in the first five picks, Baker just might be the perfect fit.
I wrote an article several weeks ago predicting that the Bills will draft Josh Rosen. I think that is still extremely likely, but with each passing day I am starting to believe that it may be Mayfield, and not Rosen, that the Bills truly want.
I have heard a few reports that the Bills have met with Baker four (!!!!) separate times already, which is either an extremely elaborate smokescreen, or they actually really want him. That makes a ton of sense to me due to his ability to be accurate at all times, work from the pocket effectively, make every throw on the field and be a leader.
While Baker’s antics are well documented, I believe they are overblown. This dude wants to win and he loves football. It makes sense to me that a true football guy like McDermott could get in a room with him and fall in love with his attitude. This city would fall in love with him as well.
As for the compensation, trading next year’s first probably isn’t ideal to some, but this is a deep class and the team can address another immediate need now. I was on the fence about offering next year’s first, but in keeping this year’s other first the team can move back and acquire more picks, take an impact player, or trade it for a first next year to recoup the one they just moved.
I like the flexibility here of trading next year’s first, and as long as we get our QB, all options are open. (Stephen)
Previous Pick: Denver selects Saquon Barkley
Chubb is an elite prospect in this draft and the Colts can still grab him by moving back several spots because the QB rush ahead of them.
Andrew Luck is reported to be throwing again and that is huge news for the Colts. Meanwhile, the team needs to develop the other side of the ball and picking up Chubb to go with Malik Hooker from last season and whoever else they take this year to form a young, talented core on defense.
If Denver decides to not take a QB and want to take a player like Quenton Nelson, I could see several teams calling the Colts (especially the Bills) to try to move up and draft whatever quarterback is still there. (Stephen)
Previous Pick: Colts trade pick to Bills