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Dan Patrick passes along word from one NFL scout saying the Browns are deciding between Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen at the top of the draft.

This is noteworthy since Sam Darnold's name is not even mentioned. Scot McCloughan has been involved in the Browns draft process, and during his media stint stated Mayfield was his top ranked quarterback in this class. Allen's name has been gaining traction at No. 1 overall, although Peter King cited a different source stating Allen would not be the pick for the Browns at No. 1. Buckle up.
Apr 23 - 11:38 AM

The MMQB's Peter King spoke to "someone I trust, who is very often right and is very well-connected" who stated Wyoming QB Josh Allen will not be the pick at No. 1.

As King notes, we are all prisoners to connections and buzz when it comes to mock drafting. King previously mentioned an Allen to Cleveland connection, as did Daniel Jeremiah and others. Also in that time frame, Jeremiah wrote in marker that Darnold would be the No. 1 pick, as did Bucky Brooks and Joel Klatt. It is the Monday of draft week, and we might not know who will be the first selection until Thursday evening.
Source: SI.com
Apr 23 - 8:32 AM

An NFL Scout said Wyoming QB Josh Allen "some accuracy issues that I cannot see getting better."

The scout also mentioned, "He’s got a big arm but there have been a lot of quarterbacks like that that have failed." He's referencing highly-drafted quarterbacks like Jake Locker, Jamarcus Russell, and Paxton Lynch who all looked the part of an NFL quarterback but struggled when it came to actually playing in the NFL. Allen is most well-known for his ideal physical traits including an unbelievably strong arm. The biggest concerns lie in his lack of production and accuracy throughout his collegiate career at a small school playing against poor competition. He had a 56 percent completion percentage at Wyoming, a mark well below the typical threshold of first-round quarterback prospects. One of the most divisive prospects in recent history, Allen could be drafted as high as No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns.
Apr 22 - 3:17 PM

Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey said that "hand size is important" in the quarterback the team is drafting.

"With that being said, hand size in November and December, when it's snowing, raining, it's getting muddy. We all know the elements in Cleveland are going to play a role," Dorsey said while addressing the media during his predraft press conference on Thursday. So what are the hand sizes we're talking about, here? Josh Allen wins that competition easily enough, as he measured in with 10 1/8-inch bear paws at the NFL Scouting Combine. No other quarterback even cracked 10 inches in the measurement. Sam Darnold -- who, along with Allen, has been repeatedly linked to the Browns -- comes in much smaller, with baby mitts of 9 3/8 inches. There's been some logical speculation that Darnold's smaller hand-size has been at least somewhat to blame for the quarterback's fumbling issues. In 24 starts at USC, he fumbled 21 times. For what it's worth, Dorsey said that he believes that Darnold's issues holding onto the ball can be fixed.
Apr 20 - 12:55 PM

Pro Football Talk's Chris Simms believes Wyoming QB Josh Allen and UCLA QB Josh Rosen have the highest floors among the 2018 QB prospects.

We've heard this with Rosen all along, but the Allen comment caught us off guard. "I have a hard time believing Josh Allen, who has the highest Wonderlic score, we've seen him in a pro-style offense... the bust potential is not there." Simms is on an island with this opinion, but it might turn out to be true. Some decision makers in the NFL clearly love Allen, and he has checked the boxes along the way during the draft process.
Apr 19 - 11:09 AM

The MMQB's Peter King believes it is unlikely Browns GM John Dorsey reveals his plan with the No. 1 pick until the draft begins.

This was backed up by Chris Simms, saying Dorsey might only tell the owner the night before the draft. It is clear Dorsey wants to keep the selection a secret, but even keeping it from the top ranked executives he brought in from the Packers would be a bit of a surprise. In previous years we've had a firm grasp of who the No. 1 selection would be. That might not be the case this year.
Apr 19 - 10:48 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline projects the Browns to take Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the first pick in his updated mock draft.

He also has the Browns taking Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the fourth pick, with Sam Darnold to the Giants and Baker Mayfield to the Jets sandwich in between. Most analysts currently have Darnold going first overall, but Cleveland still is debating, and Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters that all four of the big QBS (Allen, Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson) are being considered.
Apr 17 - 8:29 PM

Cleveland Browns HC Hue Jackson said that the team remains open to selecting any one of the top four quarterbacks in the class.

"If there was a consensus (general manager) John (Dorsey) had come to, he would've told me. That's not the case," Jackson explained. While the Browns have done their due diligence on the top quartet of signal-callers in Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield, it's the former two who have been linked to Cleveland time and again this spring. Dorsey is set to hold a press conference on Thursday -- a week before the draft -- but we wouldn't expect him to show his hand quite yet.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 3:04 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that Wyoming QB Josh Allen is taking an official predraft visit to the Buffalo Bills on Monday and will likewise take an official predraft to check out the New York Giants on Tuesday.

At the very least, the Bills would need package their assets to move up to the No. 2 pick in trade with the Giants if they want any sort of a realistic shot at Allen. And even if they did trade up to the second selection, the Browns would remain in the catbird seat with the first overall pick. After a month of seeming momentum toward a Sam Darnold-to-Cleveland connection, there has been much smoke as the draft has neared that Cleveland might be eyeing Allen with that initial selection.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 6:12 PM

Wyoming redshirt junior RB Kellen Overstreet is undergoing shoulder surgery.

He's the second Wyoming RB to need shoulder surgery this offseason, as fellow tailback Trey Woods will also undergo a procedure. Overstreet finished second to Woods in rushing yards, but Overstreet averaged nearly a yard more per carry. Both players are expected to be back by fall camp, and they'll need both Woods and Overstreet healthy if they're going to compete in the Mountain West.
Apr 13 - 7:24 PM

Wyoming junior WR C.J. Johnson (knee) was ruled out for spring practice.

Johnson (6'2/204) continues to rehab from the torn left ACL he sustained during a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win over Central Michigan in December. He subsequently underwent surgery to repair that injury. The junior ended the 2017 campaign having caught 30 passes for 531 yards and seven touchdowns. While it's not certain when he'll be healthy enough to resume football activities, he has another four months to get right before the start of August camp.
Apr 13 - 6:07 PM

Wyoming redshirt junior RB Milo Hall is transitioning to wide receiver this spring.

Hall (5'8/190) pushed ahead for depth-chart supremacy at running back last offseason as the team looked to replace Brian Hill. That spring and summer progress did not translate to in-season results, however, as the then-redshirt sophomore finished the 2017 campaign having rushed for just 90 yards. Trey Woods and Kellen Overstreet emerged as the team's top two backs with Hall struggling. Following the campaign, he met with WR coach Mike Grant to see what other role he could potentially fill on the team. Seeing as how WRs C.J. Johnson and John Okwoli are sitting out spring practice while rehabbing serious knee injuries, Hall's shift to receiver makes sense for both player and team. His exact place on the Wyoming depth chart will clarify in August camp.
Apr 13 - 5:47 PM

In a conference call earlier this week, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah said that "there's just a lot of people telling me" that the Cleveland Browns will select Wyoming QB Josh Allen with the No. 1 overall selection in two weeks.

Jeremiah stressed that what he's hearing is not coming directly from Browns headquarters, but rather from those familiar with the thought processes of GM John Dorsey having worked with him prior. Explained the analyst, "They think that makes more sense for him with Josh Allen being more of an upside pick than a floor pick, and Josh Allen is not there right now, but maybe you feel Tyrod [Taylor] can buy you enough time before Josh Allen is ready." NBC Sports' Dan Patrick passed along several weeks ago that he had been hearing that Cleveland's supposed adoration of Sam Darnold was actually a ruse and that the Browns were attempting to bait the Giants into a trade up from No. 2, which would allow them to gain draft capital while still snagging the player they actually want in Allen. We saw a similar scenario play out last spring, when the Bears traded up just one spot with the 49ers in order to draft Mitch Trubisky, whom San Francisco had no real intent to select.
Apr 12 - 2:38 PM

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Cleveland Browns will host Wyoming QB Josh Allen on Thursday and Louisville QB Lamar Jackson on Friday.

The Browns already played host to fellow top gunslingers Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Baker Mayfield last week. They'll catch up with Allen and Jackson this week and then, presumably, should have enough information to begin to zero in on their quarterback of the future. They've been heavily linked to both Allen and Darnold. We would have serious misgivings about Josh Allen being selected No. 1 overall -- there's more variance with his projection than any other top-tier quarterback prospect in this class save Lamar Jackson.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 12:33 PM

Former NFL QB Dan Orlovsky identified potential fatal flaws in Wyoming QB Josh Allen's game, including a failure to react to simple blitzes.

After outlining a play where Allen did not recognize an open hot route because of a weakside blitz, Orlovsky questions "What were you thinking? What was going on? And that shows up way too much for me. And again, that stuff is not fixable." Be sure to read the entire section of Peter King's column, as Orlovsky shines a light on Allen's evaluation that goes beyond completion percentage and wins. "If you can't do the little things, you can't do the big things," is the line that stuck out to us.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 9 - 11:37 AM


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