There's a "mounting belief" among head coaches and general managers around the league that the Cleveland Browns will take Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday night, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
A report Wednesday from Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com indicated that the Browns could be deciding between Mayfield and Wyoming QB Josh Allen at No. 1.
The Browns had been linked most recently to USC QB Sam Darnold as their likely choice at No. 1, with Mayfield's name first thrown in the mix on Tuesday. Now, the Browns are reportedly "cooling" on Darnold.
If the Browns are legitimately interested in Mayfield at No. 1 and take him, it would throw a wrench in the Jets' reported plan to tab Mayfield at No. 3.
According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets also like Darnold and UCLA QB Josh Rosen, while they view Allen as more of a project. And Vacchiano notes that Darnold is the one quarterback the Giants might take at No. 2 (instead of Penn State RB Saquon Barkley) if Darnold is there.
So, what does it all mean?
It could be that the Browns have been truly conflicted regarding who to pick at No. 1. Or they could be intentionally leaking misinformation in an effort to scare teams below them in to trading up to No. 1 to get Mayfield. Or Allen. Or Darnold.
And the news of Cleveland "cooling" on Darnold came the same morning that GM John Dorsey said the team has no legitimate trade offers for the No. 1 pick.
You're on the clock, Browns. Tick tock.