National Football League draft shake-up: 5 groups that would shock with daring strikes
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 28, 2017,
Dec 28, 2017, 0:28
The Browns secured the #1 pick in next year's draft after losing to the Chicago Bears.
Rosen has publically supported the idea of players skipping bowl games to prevent career-threatening injuries in a game typically viewed as an exhibition matchup.
If by some chance the Browns are able to change Rosen's mind, they will be getting a solid player.
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. Second-round pick DeShone Kizer has been miserable this season, and it is certain he is not the answer moving forward.
Eli Manning obviously did this to get himself to the Giants in 2004 in a trade with the San Diego Chargers that netted the Chargers Philip Rivers, the Giants a third round pick in 2004 as well as a first and fifth round pick in 2005. He's already projected as one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's draft should he declare, with several teams looking to fill the position.
The expectation is that Rosen would prefer to play in NY as Eli Manning's heir.
A swap with the Broncos or Jets comes with a substantially higher risk and would require huge stones on the behalf of Dorsey. The Browns also have the Houston Texans' first-round pick which is now at No. 4. The Browns might ultimately not want Rosen, so this could enable them to take advantage of this to gain additional assets and the player they wanted in the first place.
There's a certain courage, whether Rosen realizes it or not, to his willingness to speak so openly about so many institutions that have been baked into the National Football League experience. They might want to, and people in the media may not give them that shot that there's a part of them that may want to be in college, that may want to play in this bowl game. Otherwise, Rosen will be proven right and he won't be the last one to avoid the Browns.