National Football League mock draft: 1st-round surprises come early, often

Lawrence Cooper
December 28, 2017

Some reports suggest Rosen would stay in college to avoid being drafted by Cleveland, who also hold the Houston Texan's high first-round pick following the trade to acquire Deshaun Watson a year ago.

"Whenever I come out to go to the National Football League, I think I'd be honored to play for any team", Darnold said Wednesday as the Trojans prepare to face Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, according to ESPN.

After sending USC's Sam Darnold to Cleveland Browns at No. 1 overall instead of UCLA's Josh Rosen (No. 2 overall, New York Giants), this mock has the Indianapolis Colts eschewing much bigger needs elsewhere on both sides of the ball to draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.

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Rosen could also return to school, effectively putting this story to rest, as long as the Browns don't own the number one overall pick once again in 2019. "Any team that would want to give me that opportunity to be a part of their organization, it would mean the world to me". Last year, the lowly Browns chose to address the defensive side of the football by taking defensive end Myles Garrett with the top pick and this year, despite bringing in DeShone Kizer, may be aiming for a potential franchise quarterback. Second-round pick DeShone Kizer has been miserable this season, and it is certain he is not the answer moving forward. NY would clinch no worse than the No. 2 pick with losses in each of its last two games.

Neither quarterback has to enter the draft. However, this is the way of life with the NFL Draft being the system in place. With the first pick next April, the Browns have to pick a quarterback, and they need to make sure they get it right.

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