The Cleveland Browns will hold the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and it's expected by most that they'll take one of the can't-miss quarterback prospects: Sam Darnold, Josh Allen or Josh Rosen.
ESPN NFL analyst Mel Kiper has released his latest NFL mock draft, and has the Browns taking Allen with the top pick:
Many are shocked by his first pick projection, as the majority of prognosticators and scouts seem to think Rosen and Darnold are the top quarterbacks. Let's just say Twitter had plenty of fun in reacting to Kiper's mock draft:
Mel Kiper Is Insane to Think Josh Allen Merits No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Pick https://t.co/WeaIH9AY1Z— The Big Lead (@thebiglead) January 18, 2018
*clicks Mel Kiper’s first mock*— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) January 18, 2018
1. Browns: QB Josh Allen pic.twitter.com/r4pweujjUZ
Mel Kiper dropped his first Mock Draft of draft season and I present the #1 pick without comment.............. pic.twitter.com/8lz4rKBoRe— Robert Littal (@BSO) January 18, 2018
Mel Kiper really get paid to be wrong about the NFL draft every year.— K. (@_KtotheD) January 18, 2018
The 21-year-old Allen announced that he will be declaring for the 2018 Draft after spending three years at Wyoming. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound signal-caller tossed 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and just six interceptions in his last season at Wyoming.
Kiper explained his reasoning for taking Allen with the first pick:
"His numbers aren't impressive, I know. But the NFL is all about projection, and he has a high ceiling. Coaches want to work with the 6-foot-5 Allen because he has all of the tools...
he other top quarterbacks have warts, and there is no slam-dunk No. 1 prospect, which makes it a fun class. Scouts are looking forward to seeing Allen at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, next week, where he will work out with much better talent."
The Browns undoubtedly need to draft a quarterback, and it'd be a shock if they didn't take one with the first pick. The last time they used one signal-caller for the whole season was in 2001, when Tim Couch started all 16 games.
Cleveland used DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan in 2017, but played at least three quarterbacks in the previous four seasons. Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel are among notable quarterbacks drafted by the Browns that flopped in the pros.
The Browns also own the fourth-overall pick, which they got last year from the Houston Texans - who moved up to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. But given the flashes he showed in his rookie season, the Watson pick looked like a good gamble on Houston's end.
Cleveland also owned the top pick in 2017, drafting Myles Garrett with the first overall pick. We'll find out on Apr. 26 who the Browns take - be it Allen, Rosen, Darnold or a different quarterback - it's going to be fun to see.