Cardinals making 'a lot of noise' about trading up in draft


With Brady under center, the quarterback position wasn't a huge priority for most of his career. Now they have to figure out which one to pick.

ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter made everyone question their 2018 NFL mock drafts on Tuesday morning when sources informed him that the Cleveland Browns are "definitely" considering Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 pick.

One of the most well-documented trends in NFL Draft circles is the infatuation with offensive tackles early in the first round.

Sam Darnold's success was pretty remarkable considering the unorthodox mechanics and footwork he often played with. If you've been following along, you know Josh Allen is still on the board. In the meantime, they're playing AJ McCarron at quarterback while waiting for Josh Allen or Josh Rosen or the quarterback they picked to be ready.Maybe that's a longshot. That being said, unless the Bills really make a move for Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen in a trade, this is who will fall to them. After Allen had a meeting with the organization and general manager John Dorsey, the Browns' decision became even less clear.

If not, well, these are the bumbling Browns.

I don't think Mayfield would need much time to get out onto the field in Cleveland, and they would be able to use Barkley right away as well.

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Since the Browns returned to the National Football League in 1999, they have been looking for a franchise quarterback.

He knows what he's looking for.

"The only thing I care about is, do guys win?" Does he have a strong arm? Can he drive the ball?

"Maybe the best tight end to ever play the game", Allen said. "That is kind of what I look for".

Maccagnan didn't trade up three picks to take a guard.

The Browns, coming off an 0-16 season, are expected to select a quarterback with one of their first two picks. Pictured: Mayfield and Allen warm up before the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama.

The 6-foot-4, 270 pound Chubb would be a flawless complement to Myles Garrett, last year's top overall pick who had a solid rookie season despite being slowed by an ankle injury.

All that's left to figure out is where each marquee prospect lands during Thursday's first round, but that may be the most complicated part of the process given what's at stake for the franchises in the top 10.

With all this SEC hubbub it seems a bit wild that the Arkansas Razorbacks haven't had a player selected in the first round in nine years (Good job, good effort, Bielema). He would be great in the locker room. The first round will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday night, with the second and third rounds happening Friday night. The Patriots received the 23rd overall selection in the first round of this year's draft and a sixth-round draft pick (No. 198).

Wide receiver Corey Coleman (No. 15 in 2016) has struggled with injuries and inconsistency.