1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Selection in Mock Draft 2.0: Sam Darnold – USC
Despite losing 41 of their last 43 games, this isn’t a roster completely dilute of talent. Myles Garrett was a stud when he took the field, and Josh Gordon doesn’t seem to have missed a beat after being out of football for the last two years.
They’ll flirt with the idea of taking Saquon Barkley here, but the Browns can’t afford to pass on a quarterback with this selection. Darnold gives the franchise a true cornerstone to build around. Many view him as the closest thing to Andrew Luck in terms of intangibles and skill-set. His size and toughness fit in perfectly alongside his would-be AFC North contemporaries. Turnovers were a problem during his time as a Trojan, but Darnold’s upside is undeniable.
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