Sam Darnold Rumors: AFC Exec Says Browns Will Select USC QB No. 1 in NFL Draft

An anonymous AFC executive said Wednesday that the Cleveland Browns will select USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.
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He’s going No. 1, the executive told Albert Breerof The MMQB following Darnold’s pro day performance. Everyone out there today saw the Browns’ franchise quarterback.

Darnold is brimming with potential, but there are concerns about him after his play seemingly dropped off last season as a redshirt sophomore.His completion percentage fell from 67.2 percent to 63.1 percent, his passing touchdowns dropped from 31 to 26 and his interceptions increased from nine to 13 when compared to his redshirt freshman campaign.

All of the quarterbacks in the 2018 draft have their warts, however, and the Browns desperately need to hit on one to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
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Marc-Edouard Vlasic Mens Jersey Cleveland already acquired quarterback Tyrod Taylor in a trade with the Buffalo Bills earlier this month, which means it can afford to have Darnoldor whichever quarterback it selectssit and learn for one season.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed guard Tom Compton . The Vikings announced Thursday they have signed the former South Dakota offensive tackle who grew up in Minnesota. Compton spent last season with the Chicago Bears , where he played in 11 games with five starts. The Rosemount, Minnesota, native was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins in 2012, appearing in 44 games with 10 starts during the 2013-15 seasons in Washington. He joined the Atlanta Falcons for their Super Bowl run in 2016, appearing in all regular and postseason games. Compton has appeared in 71 games with 15 starts throughout his career and played at both guard and center.

Gaines would give the Cardinals a legitimate No. 2 cornerback behind Patrick Peterson. While he’s short (5’10) and has a long injury history (27 missed games in four years), Gaines has undeniable coverage talent, and Joel Bitonio Youth jersey he’s coming off a strong year for the Bills in 2017.

More than likely, the snag between the two sides is on guaranteed money and the length of the deal, two common obstacles for negotiations with an often-injured player. But if they can figure out a deal that works for both sides, Gaines will get an ideal situation as the No. 2 cornerback behind an All-Pro and the Cardinals will finally have two solid starting cornerbacks.

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