It is possible that if the Browns would have taken Barkley that the Giants would have either traded the pick or taken Darnold, thus leaving Mayfield for the Jets.
Another first round in the books, another year of wondering what the Browns were thinking.
Ritual of spring.
DEN got Chubb gift-wrapped to them. With him & Miller, that's potentially devastating 1-2 punch.
I don't know a lot of college football in general, or this last season in particular, but it seemed to me that Chubb was the most impactful player available. Can't believe Denver got him.
And yeah, I can't believe the Browns once again spent their top pick on a QB, because that's gone so well for them in the past.
They needed to address the QB situation. They had to. Just going with Mayfield there at #1 was head-scratching. He certainly would've been there at #4. I just think they botched the situation they had in front of them (having #1 & #4) and came nowhere near maximizing the value they had there. Ward over Chubb was eyeopening, also.
Both of these kids may pan out in the end. My initial reaction, though, is that they flubbed it again. Who knows, though? The crap really is a crapshoot.
Who would've thought the Jets would've fumbled their way into Darnold, though?
If the unlikely event that happened, the Browns still would have had the best player in the draft and another really good QB prospect.
Sure, but if they felt Mayfield was the best QB in the draft, they wouldn't have gotten their man. And frankly I can totally see the rationale for a guy like Mayfield. The accuracy, the high level of success (including big games), the control of the football, etc. Really the only knock on him is his size, and two of the 5ish best QB's in the world right now are of a similar size (Brees and Wilson), so I don't see why that would stop you from taking him.
Ward is the pick that doesn't make a lot of sense. You should never be drafting for need (outside of QB) when you are drafting in the top 10. Always take the best player available (again outside of QB), and while Ward was the best DB in the draft, Chubb seems pretty clearly to be a better prospect (and frankly a better prospect from a more valuable position).