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 Jets, who recently moved up to No. 3, are expected to take a quarterback, with one of Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Wyoming's Josh Allen, or Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield certain to be available.