It's not a lock yet, but buzz is growing regarding the likelihood of the Browns selecting USC QB Sam Darnold with the No. 1 pick in next month's Draft, reports Albert Breer of SI.com.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had Darnold to the Browns in his Mini Mock Draft earlier this week.
Darnold's pro day was yesterday, with the Giants, Jets, and Browns among the teams in attendance.
"He's going number one," an AFC executive told Breer. "Everyone out there today saw the Browns' franchise quarterback."
Darnold completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 14 games in 2017 during his second season as a starter for the Trojans. He finished his collegiate career by completing 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards and an interception in USC's 24-7 loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Browns also hold the No. 4 overall pick in the Draft, and have also been linked to Penn State RB Saquon Barkley -- with recent rumors that they could take him first overall.
The Giants, who recently worked out UCLA QB Josh Rosen, have been expected to tab a quarterback with the 2nd overall pick in the Draft. And SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has them taking Rosen in his Mini Mock Draft.
However, the "expectation" is that Darnold, Rosen, and Wyoming QB Josh Allen will not be ranked in the Giants' Top 3 when they finalize their board ahead of the Draft, Paul Schwartz of the NY Post reported on Wednesday.