The Browns have known for months that they have had two of the top four picks in the draft.
Gilbert: No corner is as clean and smooth as Ward is in this draft. The newest Jet threw for 4,143 yards as a redshirt sophomore in 2017 to lead USC to its first Pac-12 title since 2008 and a New Year's Six bowl game for the second consecutive season.
There are fourteen more first-round picks left.
Mayfield is the primary Heisman Trophy victor taken No. 1 total within the following draft since Cam Newton went to Carolina in 2010. The Browns were sold on his leadership skills and creativity inside the pocket and outside.
In advance of the draft, Mayfield was a face in a crowd that included highly regarded and taller quarterbacks like Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen. But after Cleveland kicked off the draft by taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and the Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, the Jets honed in on Darnold, who met with them for a private workout late in the pre-draft process.
Ward is a hometown kid, growing up in Macedonia, Ohio. However, it apparently wasn't until draft day that the team settled on its second pick. The All-American with speed, power, shiftiness and excellent hands is considered this year's best player. It capped fairly just a few days for Barkley, whose girlfriend gave beginning to a child woman earlier this week. Not surprisingly in the Cowboys' home, the pick generally was booed.
If the Cleveland Browns take quarterback Sam Darnold with the top selection, he would become the sixth first overall pick for the Trojans.
"I'm going to do whatever the coaches want me to do whether that's start", Darnold said. Sanchez was last under contract with the Chicago Bears for the 2016 season and is now a free agent. Darnold immediately inherits the best kind of veteran quarterback there is in Josh McCown, who will be invaluable to him as a mentor. "I think he has a burning desire to be the best", Jackson said. "That's what I've done my whole life, not going to do any different". By the way, the Bears will be rooting for the Colts to trade out of 6, because if that happens then guard Quenton Nelson could land here. NY could snag Mayfield is he's still around at No.3, but that is looking less likely by the minute.
Darnold is a big, strong-armed quarterback who possesses all the tools to be successful at the next level.
Seeing a certain UCLA signal caller still on the board and potentially anxious that he might not slide past Miami at No. 11, the Arizona Cardinals traded up from the 15th pick to No. 10 overall to select Josh Rosen. However, there are some shortcomings to Baker Mayfield's game. AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman aren't Buffalo's future at the most important position in football. BEARSThe Chicago Bears selected Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with pick No. 8.