The Browns' choices for their No. 1 pick seem to have come down to two choices just three days away from the NFL Draft: Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?
Yes, there is always the prospect of the Browns going with RB Saquon Barkley with their first overall selection, knowing they have the No. 4 pick later on. However, experts including SI's Peter King see Cleveland getting their quarterback first before addressing anywhere else.
Recently, rumblings about Allen going No. 1 have gained some steam. But King's most trusted source says Allen is too much of a risk, and the Browns don't want to get another quarterback pick wrong.
Darnold, then, would be the go-to with the first overall pick.
"But a couple of factors influenced my call here," King explains. "One is Mike Mayock. The NFL Network conscience has a way of cutting through the gorgonzola and stating reality. He said the Browns have made too many mistakes on quarterbacks, and they can't go risky here. It made a lot of sense -- and mayock is a guy who loves the long-term Josh Allen.
"And someone I trust, who is very often right and is very well-connected, told me Sunday it's not Allen. ... Darnold is safe, with strong potential, and most NFL folks think he can turn around the turnover bug (27 career turnovers in 26 USC games)."
Why does this matter for the Giants? SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has been reporting that Darnold is the only quarterback GM Dave Gettleman would want with his No. 2 overall pick. King reiterates this in his own piece, but it wouldn't matter if the Browns take Darnold.
So, with Darnold off the board, Gettleman could pull the trigger on a player to help his team now rather than take someone like Allen to wait behind veteran QB Eli Manning. Barkley is the top choice by many for this selection as the Giants' run game could use a serious makeover. And the prospect of pairing a versatile running back with players like Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram on offense is tantalizing to say the least.
It is also worth noting Gettleman drafted Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey eighth overall last year to enhance Carolina's run game.
Gettleman hasn't hinted as to who he may be leaning toward with his first rounder. But one thing is for sure: He could find himself with a difficult decision if the Browns decide to be risky with their No. 1 pick.
For now, though, it appears they will play it safe.