In such a scenario, Cleveland not taking Barkley would be silly unless a general manager made a trade offer those running the Browns couldn't refuse.
The Carolina Panthers are finalizing their draft boards after analyzing potential picks over the past week at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. That is nearly impossible to bungle, but it's the Browns we're talking about. His Combine put him in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick. The NFL Network's Mike Mayock even referred to the converted wide receiver as having "the best hands of this draft". The Browns have subscribed to that in the past, realized they suck at drafting quarterbacks, then traded out of the opportunity to draft Carson Wentz, and previous year they drafted DeShone Kizer in the second round.
Granted, they aren't tied to Kizer to be the franchise quarterback.
At quarterback, Wyoming's Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma both helped their stock by throwing at the combine, but to me, Mayfield continues to separate himself from the pack and quiet the skeptics who constantly raise questions about his attitude. "He gave up zero sacks a year ago". To say Brown disappointed scouts would be an understatement.
So, here the Browns are, sitting at one and four. "And he's going to win games with his legs". Even just last season, the Jaguars took Leonard Fournette 4 overall and the Panthers took Christian McCaffrey 8 overall. It's almost impossible to predict how draft prospects turn out, and he could easily make me eat my words and become a successful National Football League quarterback.
In addition to his developed pass-blocking upside, Barkley has grown to become one of the most proficient route runners and catchers in recent college football seasons. "And then see if they can take some accountability if there is a play where maybe they could've done better". He can swing his hips and change direction nearly like a defensive back.
If the Giants are confident in Eli Manning and Davis Webb for the foreseeable future, they can go many different ways with this pick.
Taven Bryan, DT, Florida: A popular pick for the Falcons in several mock drafts, including our own Matt Tabeek's, Bryan had a very good combine performance. Dickerson isn't so sure about him though and it has everything to do with the school he played for in college.
Although he had already earned a spot in the top 20 on my draft board, Alexander had plenty of doubters entering the Combine. His workouts at Penn State were the stuff of legend, so much so that some went viral.
Saquon Barkley likely won't be available past the top ten picks, especially given the amount of teams that need a good runningback and have one of those picks.