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1st and 10 : 4/16/2018 1:06 am
I have a friend in the business, no direct connection to any one team. It is the same friend that told me about the Solder signing before it happened (Which I posted the signing and number of years before the story broke in the press on this board).

Anyway, he has told me the Browns organization is debating how to best ensure they get both Allen and Barkley. The current thinking is to take Barkley at one knowing the Giants will be forced to pick Darnold and the Jets prefer Rosen, thus ensuring Allen at 4. The only fear is the Jets in this scenario taking Allen.

They are afraid if they leave a choice of Darnold or Barkley to the Giants, they will choose Barkley.

My own opinion here, I could see the Browns inquiring with the Giants about pick 2.

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If Browns want to control their own destiny and make a deal  
Jimmy Googs : 4/16/2018 7:07 am : link
for the the #2 pick, we should simply be able to rape them.

Imo, the Browns should do this as they are offered the unique opportunity to pull it off based on how this draft order fell and the capital they maintain.

RE: If Browns want to control their own destiny and make a deal  
Tom from LI : 4/16/2018 7:13 am : link
In comment 13915447 Jimmy Googs said:
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for the the #2 pick, we should simply be able to rape them.

Imo, the Browns should do this as they are offered the unique opportunity to pull it off based on how this draft order fell and the capital they maintain.


+100000

the ONLY way the Browns can guarantee the availability  
markky : 4/16/2018 7:22 am : link
of their top 2 choices is to trade with the Giants. and they have the capital to do it.

and the only way i would do it would be for their 2 #2s and next year's 1.

otherwise stay and take your first choice.
RE: could be true  
twostepgiants : 4/16/2018 7:27 am : link
In comment 13915427 Tom from LI said:
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but the Giants are also sending out signs they love Allen. So they pass on their QB to grab Barkley the Browns could lose Allen to the Giants or if the Giants trade out.

Like JonC has said for some time now I think the Giants want Darnold or Barkley. Their current interest in Allen and Chubb could be genuine but I think it is to make the Browns think they have to trade with the Giants from 4 to 2. I believe the Jets were ok with going to #3 because they feel they can snag either Mayfield or Rosen. I think they want Mayfield but it could be Rosen. I think they know that the Giants and the Browns both have no real interest in Mayfield or Rosen.

I also think that Denver is going to sit tight because they know a QB will fall to them at 5 but if they don't I outlined an trade idea below.

All this misdirection is between the Browns and Giants. Honestly the only trade down I can see is the Giant sliding to 4.

At that rate the Browns go:

Allen/Darnold
Barkley

Jets go
Mayfield/Rosen/(Darnold or Allen)

Giants get the Browns #35 and #64 and they pick
(Darnold, Mayfield, Allen or Rosen)
Chubb
Nelson
or they could trade back with Denver and get another 2nd rounder and maybe a 1st next year and then still pick
the remainder of(Darnold, Mayfield, Allen or Rosen)
Chubb
Nelson.

All this talk is chess moves.

DG is playing it perfectly. To me it seems like he is the one in the drivers seat, not Dorsey.

The #2 pick is a really great place to be if you want to maximize return.





JonC has been very clear so far that he has not heard anything and has been stating his opinion.
They would have to take Barkley 1  
Chip : 4/16/2018 7:29 am : link
and then you can trade with Cleveland or whoever for the QB pick. I believe the Giants are not interested in the QBs. Every time Gettleman or Shurmar say win now means were not taking a QB. Barkley or Chubb.
If Browns take Barkley  
Andy in Boston : 4/16/2018 7:32 am : link
Giants will trade down
1st and 10  
joeinpa : 4/16/2018 7:37 am : link
Boomer Eaison just agreed with your take on the Browns in regards to coming out of this draft with Allen and Barkley.

It makes sense that if the Browns believe the Giants would choose Barkley over Darnold, the safest path to getting both their guys would be to take Barkley first.

The interesting thing in this scenerio is that it is the Jets that could screw up their plans.

I would be disappointed if Darnold were there at #2 and the Giants don't take him.

But your info is encouraging for those that want Darnold.

Thanks for sharing and ignore any who always feel the need to be jerks on these types of posts. Most of us love them
Id be fine letting the Browns give us #4, their 2nd rd pick  
mfsd : 4/16/2018 7:44 am : link
And their #1 next year for #2

I have been suggesting Cleveland would and should want  
Rjanyg : 4/16/2018 7:44 am : link
To trade for the 2nd pick. They need a franchise QB in the worst way but should also try to secure Barkley. It all depends on what Cleveland would be willing to give in return.

For pick #2, Cleveland should have to trade 33,64 and at least another pick, maybe the first pick of round 4.

Think back to 2004. NYG traded, Rivers, 2004 3rd round, 2005 1st and 5th round picks, to basically move up 4 places. The Browns are trying to move up 2 places but the value of the pick is so much more because I think other teams want the pick too.

Gettlemen has his price but more importantly, does he think any player is truly worth the 2nd overall pick? The answer may be NO and the idea of more picks is worth the 2nd round pick.

Personally, regardless of the Giants QB situation, Barkley is the best player in the draft and worth the 2nd pick, Neslon is next then Chubb. Rosen is most polished QB and Darnold is the guy who has the most potential. He is young but has a knack of winning and making things happen.

Here is the thing: NYG will still have a chance at One of the QB's. If they know who Cleveland is taking and who NYJ wants, this could work out unbelievable if they drop to pick4. Maybe get you QB, but if not, the best OL or the best Edge guy in the draft, plus an additional 3 picks this year.
Thanks for the  
section125 : 4/16/2018 7:46 am : link
asshat info. It is a real possibility, but the Browns in the end should take their QB 1st. QB is more important than RB and there are plenty of very good RBs that will be available at #33.
If they take Barkley 1st, I guess the Giants go Darnold 2nd (prefer Rosen), Jets may take Allen, leaving Cleveland Rosen and Mayfield.

But it really comes down to who is their #1 QB and do they view Barkley more important than QB.
If the Browns think that they're nuts.  
FStubbs : 4/16/2018 8:02 am : link
I think if they take Allen #1 Barkley will fall to them naturally at #4.

The Jets are obviously taking a QB. The Giants are either going to take a QB, or, with Allen off the board and Darnold/Rosen still there, some team will make the Giants an offer they can't refuse and draft a QB.

If they take Barkley at #1 they're insane.

Now if they want to move from #4 to #2 and give up both 2nd round picks, I think the Giants would do it, and get Darnold or Rosen at #4.
I've heard Barkley, Chubb, Nelson in that order  
JonC : 4/16/2018 8:06 am : link
Nothing on QBs, I just have a suspicion they'll pick Darnold if he's there, and suspect the other QBs are graded below the three blue chips I mentioned.
as for the OP  
JonC : 4/16/2018 8:07 am : link
I did hear the same theory a few weeks ago and mentioned it here, Browns are trying to get both SB and their QB target.
The browns trading up to 2 to take Barkley doesn't make sense  
Hades07 : 4/16/2018 8:10 am : link
In order to do that the Browns would need to think that the Giants will take Barkley. If the Giants make the deal it means they wouldn't have taken Barkley, so why would the Browns give up picks? If the Giants do want Barkley, they won't trade.
Thank you for sharing  
UberAlias : 4/16/2018 8:11 am : link
Here is a comment from Michael Silver from SI, who is well connected with the Browns:

Michael Silver

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I would caution anyone making assumptions about which player(s) the Browns would likely take at 1 and 4 overall. Long way to go, lot of misinformation out there. I'm not allowed to tip picks but... stay tuned
If Allen is their target  
Motley Two : 4/16/2018 8:19 am : link
I think that's the way to go about it.

Consolation prize Darnold or Rosen (which only sucks if their is something about whichever one is left that they really don't like). Not bad.
Who knows,  
Big Blue '56 : 4/16/2018 8:45 am : link
but if the Browns take Barkley or we pass on him, At least (hopefully) hell be out of the NFC, should he prove to be all they say he is
Darnold is the prize  
ThatLimerickGuy : 4/16/2018 8:47 am : link
Been saying it for weeks and it's not just my opinion.
According to the source..  
1st and 10 : 4/16/2018 8:49 am : link
the only thing stopping the Browns from taking Barkley at 1 is the Jets.

They do not want Darnold and Allen to go 2 and 3 as they are not high on Rosen at all due to the injuries.

RE: Darnold is the prize  
Big_Blue_in_the_Bronx : 4/16/2018 8:52 am : link
In comment 13915507 ThatLimerickGuy said:
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Been saying it for weeks and it's not just my opinion.


If Darnold is truly the prize over Barkley then Browns could take Allen or Barkley #1 and still get their guy at 4.

Giants could trade down and another team could take their QB too. I dont see Browns risking losing their QB.A franchise QB when push comes to shove (if your team has decided they need one) will trump any other guy no matter how good he is.
RE: According to the source..  
section125 : 4/16/2018 8:53 am : link
In comment 13915511 1st and 10 said:
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the only thing stopping the Browns from taking Barkley at 1 is the Jets.

They do not want Darnold and Allen to go 2 and 3 as they are not high on Rosen at all due to the injuries.


Again, what is more important to the Browns, QB or RB? They have crapped the bed over the last 20 years in QB picks. They have a chance to get it right this year and then get Chubb at #4 and a very good RB at #33...
RE: RE: According to the source..  
1st and 10 : 4/16/2018 9:03 am : link
In comment 13915520 section125 said:
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In comment 13915511 1st and 10 said:


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the only thing stopping the Browns from taking Barkley at 1 is the Jets.

They do not want Darnold and Allen to go 2 and 3 as they are not high on Rosen at all due to the injuries.




Again, what is more important to the Browns, QB or RB? They have crapped the bed over the last 20 years in QB picks. They have a chance to get it right this year and then get Chubb at #4 and a very good RB at #33...


I agree with you, I think if they do this, they are nuts and I think they should value the QB over the RB.

I do think it is wise for them to explore everything to see if they can get their top 2 players.
RE: I've heard Barkley, Chubb, Nelson in that order  
AcidTest : 4/16/2018 9:05 am : link
In comment 13915475 JonC said:
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Nothing on QBs, I just have a suspicion they'll pick Darnold if he's there, and suspect the other QBs are graded below the three blue chips I mentioned.


Agreed. Darnold or Barkley, in that order. Rosen would be mildly surprising, but not stunning. Allen even more so. Mayfield would be shocking.

A trade down is possible, and what I prefer, but I don't think it would be past Denver at five, and would have to include a first round pick next year. I'd be stunned if we traded with Buffalo.

"Don't get cute."
RE: RE: According to the source..  
markky : 4/16/2018 9:12 am : link
In comment 13915520 section125 said:
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In comment 13915511 1st and 10 said:


Quote:


the only thing stopping the Browns from taking Barkley at 1 is the Jets.

They do not want Darnold and Allen to go 2 and 3 as they are not high on Rosen at all due to the injuries.




Again, what is more important to the Browns, QB or RB? They have crapped the bed over the last 20 years in QB picks. They have a chance to get it right this year and then get Chubb at #4 and a very good RB at #33...


Browns should probably take Darnold at 1 and then Rosen at 4.
I  
AcidTest : 4/16/2018 9:13 am : link
still think the Browns will take Darnold. Allen's accuracy issues are too great a risk at #1, especially for a QB starved team like the Browns.

But if the Browns do take Barkley, then they will have to trade up with the Giants to guarantee that they get Allen. The problem for the Giants is that the Jets would presumably take Darnold at three. But Rosen at #4, and a bunch of picks, might be enough for DG and Shurmur.

Less than two weeks to go.
Another scenario to look is  
mofti : 4/16/2018 9:23 am : link
What if the browns think the Bills might trade for the #2 and take Allen? So now browns take barkley, bills take allen, gets take darnold, that leaves you with either mayfield or Rosen.

Or what if Denver trades with the Giants and takes Allen with #2.

IMO, its too risky for the browns to pass up at Allen at #1 If they really feel he is the QB they want.
If this info is to believed  
twostepgiants : 4/16/2018 9:24 am : link
That Browns want QB and Barkley

And Giants dont want QB

Then isnt a Clev trade to 2 from the 4 pick very logical?

Giants still get Chubb plus draft picks. Browns have them to deal

Or

If Browns want Allen & Barkley and Giants only want Darnold

Then they should fo a reasonable trade with Giants for the 1 pick

The only scenario where this doesnt work is Browns want Darnold/Barkley and Giants want Barkley or Darnold.
If Giants want Darnold  
JonC : 4/16/2018 9:27 am : link
then the various info and mis-info has been designed for them to stay put and get him at #2.
I will make it easy for the Browns  
Essex : 4/16/2018 9:28 am : link
give us the fourth pick, give us your first pick in the second round this year and your first and third next year and you can have any two players you like
RE: I  
GFAN52 : 4/16/2018 9:29 am : link
In comment 13915544 AcidTest said:
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still think the Browns will take Darnold. Allen's accuracy issues are too great a risk at #1, especially for a QB starved team like the Browns.

But if the Browns do take Barkley, then they will have to trade up with the Giants to guarantee that they get Allen. The problem for the Giants is that the Jets would presumably take Darnold at three. But Rosen at #4, and a bunch of picks, might be enough for DG and Shurmur.

Less than two weeks to go.


Darnold is a going #1 to the Browns. Forgot the noise about Allen he's way over-hyped.
and FWIW  
Essex : 4/16/2018 9:37 am : link
I do know one high ranking NFL executive and his exact words to me is that Dorsey is a loner and keeps his cards close to the vest, so he had no idea where he was going with the pick. Take it for what it is worth (which if true means that nobody that is reporting on what the Browns are thinking has the slightest clue what they are talking about).
All this noise  
LakeGeorgeGiant : 4/16/2018 9:38 am : link
but I still expect the Giants sit tight at 2 and take the top player on their board. I also expect that there is more than one player they'd be happy with selecting at 2. Only one player will be off the board.
1st and 10...  
M.S. : 4/16/2018 9:46 am : link

...thanks so much for posting.

I know less than sh**, but I must say that your scenario makes a whole lotta sense!

Thanks again.
There's absolutely zero  
ryanmkeane : 4/16/2018 9:49 am : link
chance the Browns take Barkley at 1
I still believe QBs are going 1,2,3  
Jarvis : 4/16/2018 9:53 am : link
I think the Browns are most likely going Darnold. Seems to be a huge risk to take Allen at 1. I think this is hype. I know for a fact the NFL love intrigue at the top due to the fact that the draft is prime time TV on thursday night. That is a huge time slot. They could go Allen..I am just speculating.

I am not sure who JonC's sources are, but they are clearly legit based on history. However, my personal opinion is the Giants board ranking will not matter here. Almost every board out there, professional or amateur have Barkley, Chubb, Nelson as the top 3 players based on grade. When a team is drafting a QB high, those rankings mean less simply due to the shear value of having a good QB. For example, Matt Ryan is a very good QB. He isn't the top guy in the league. Barry Sanders is one of the best backs in NFL history. I guarantee that Barry would have the higher "grade". Matt Ryan is clearly more valuable.

If you look around the sites, Eli is considered a bottom half QB. I have seen him ranked anywhere from 17-25 going into next season. Maybe these rankings are off, but you have to considered our fan bias too. He is 37 years old. How many teams would pass on a QB at the 2 pick when they have a bottom half of the league QB at age 37. It is a HUGE gamble that he will bounce back at this point. Gettleman would be staking his reputation on day 1 that Eli will return to his 2011-2012 form. I am not saying he definitely can't do that...but it just seems like a big risk.

Anyway...these are just my opinions. Hopefully will stimulate discussion.



RE: I still believe QBs are going 1,2,3  
Big_Blue_in_the_Bronx : 4/16/2018 10:24 am : link
In comment 13915643 Jarvis said:
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I think the Browns are most likely going Darnold. Seems to be a huge risk to take Allen at 1. I think this is hype. I know for a fact the NFL love intrigue at the top due to the fact that the draft is prime time TV on thursday night. That is a huge time slot. They could go Allen..I am just speculating.

I am not sure who JonC's sources are, but they are clearly legit based on history. However, my personal opinion is the Giants board ranking will not matter here. Almost every board out there, professional or amateur have Barkley, Chubb, Nelson as the top 3 players based on grade. When a team is drafting a QB high, those rankings mean less simply due to the shear value of having a good QB. For example, Matt Ryan is a very good QB. He isn't the top guy in the league. Barry Sanders is one of the best backs in NFL history. I guarantee that Barry would have the higher "grade". Matt Ryan is clearly more valuable.

If you look around the sites, Eli is considered a bottom half QB. I have seen him ranked anywhere from 17-25 going into next season. Maybe these rankings are off, but you have to considered our fan bias too. He is 37 years old. How many teams would pass on a QB at the 2 pick when they have a bottom half of the league QB at age 37. It is a HUGE gamble that he will bounce back at this point. Gettleman would be staking his reputation on day 1 that Eli will return to his 2011-2012 form. I am not saying he definitely can't do that...but it just seems like a big risk.

Anyway...these are just my opinions. Hopefully will stimulate discussion.




Many good points Jarvis. I would say a decision that high up you can bet ownership will have a big say in it. If you go QB at #2 you are basically saying to Eli this is your last year. A QB you are high on late round 1 (via trade up) or early rounds 2 or even 3 changes the dynamic drastically.

Right or wrong if Giants goals are:

1.Do 'right' (in their eyes) by Eli (after last years debacle) and give him to the end of his contract (which the Giants are big on) . That means 2 years IF he plays well this year under a much better HC/OC combination and improved OL.

2.Do right by Davis Webb who has been the consummate back up the day he stepped into the Giants facility and has busted his butt. A model Qb understudy and exactly the persona the Giants love for their Qb.

3. Take a Qb later in draft so investment is not as high and he can provide competition and insurance for Davis Webb in case he doesnt pan out.

This is well within their M.O. to do this. I am not saying I agree with this per se, but I could totally see Giants ownership doing this type of thing. Eli is like family to them (plus of course he brought 2 Super Bowl rings here). For better or for worse, this is an extremely loyal organization to a fault.
Boy I hope this is true  
The_Boss : 4/16/2018 10:24 am : link
I want Rosen badly, but Id also settle for Darnold.
I have said it for months  
Joey in VA : 4/16/2018 10:36 am : link
And I still believe 100% that Barkley goes first. Then the Browns take their QB at 4. Anyone saying differently is lying or ill informed. We will take Chubb second if we don't trade down.
RE: If Browns take Barkley  
Jay in Toronto : 4/16/2018 10:37 am : link
In comment 13915457 Andy in Boston said:
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Giants will trade down


And Denver would be a likely candidate since it seems Elway has a clear QB favorite.
RE: RE: If Browns take Barkley  
Sean : 4/16/2018 10:40 am : link
In comment 13915733 Jay in Toronto said:
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In comment 13915457 Andy in Boston said:


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Giants will trade down



And Denver would be a likely candidate since it seems Elway has a clear QB favorite.


I doubt this. Id bet NYG runs to the podium for Darnold and doesnt look back.
My opinion is the Browns pick their QB at #1  
PatersonPlank : 4/16/2018 10:40 am : link
nothing I've seen contradicts that. Also I am also confused at why the Browns would use a top 4 pick on Barkley. They just paid $15M for Hyde, a young and very good back. He will do very nicely at RB, so why not use the #4 on Chubb, Nelson, or some other guy who can really fill a big need.

I think they stay and pick Darnold, and the Chubb or Nelson at #4.
RE: My opinion is the Browns pick their QB at #1  
GFAN52 : 4/16/2018 10:45 am : link
In comment 13915737 PatersonPlank said:
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nothing I've seen contradicts that. Also I am also confused at why the Browns would use a top 4 pick on Barkley. They just paid $15M for Hyde, a young and very good back. He will do very nicely at RB, so why not use the #4 on Chubb, Nelson, or some other guy who can really fill a big need.

I think they stay and pick Darnold, and the Chubb or Nelson at #4.


Agreed. It makes absolutely no sense for the Browns to get their 3rd or 4th choice by going RB at 1 and QB at 4. Smart money is Darnold at 1 and whoever is left of Barkley or Chubb at 4.
RE: I have said it for months  
AnishPatel : 4/16/2018 11:20 am : link
In comment 13915731 Joey in VA said:
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And I still believe 100% that Barkley goes first. Then the Browns take their QB at 4. Anyone saying differently is lying or ill informed. We will take Chubb second if we don't trade down.


Joey, I was thinking about this the other day too. I think they take Barkley # 1. I think if that happens we take Chubb. They get a QB with their other pick then.

I am starting to feel that's how this may play out.
It is funny  
Pete44 : 4/16/2018 11:25 am : link
When all is said and done, the most likely scenario is what we all think will happen:

1) Darnold - (Browns Can't take the chance of another guy)
2) Barkley - (Has Giants written all over him)
3) Allen, Rosen or Mayfield - (whoever the Jets have rated higher
4) Chubb (Browns will be thrilled to team Chubb and Garrett and take a RB in the 2nd round)
5) Allen, Rosen or Mayfield

I have no inside info, I just feel this is what is going to happen.
Not that hard a convo, if they REALLY want Allen  
V.I.G. : 4/16/2018 11:33 am : link
Jets are taking a QB gteed

If Giants want only Darnold:
Dorsey: Dave, Johnnie here
Gettle: Johnnie boy
Dorsey: Would you trade your #2 pick for Darnold and a 2nd
Gettle: Make it a 2019 3rd and 5th for Dahhneld
Dorsey: Done

If Giants want only Allen:
Dorsey: Dave, Johnnie here
Gettle: Johnnie boy
Dorsey: Would you trade your #2 pick for Darnold and a 2nd
Gettle: No
Dorsey: OK, thx
Gettle: [gets trade back offers from DEN]

If Giants want only Barkley:
Dorsey: Dave, Johnnie here
Gettle: Johnnie boy
Dorsey: Would you trade your #2 pick for Darnold and a 2nd
Gettle: No
Dorsey: OK, thx
Gettle: [gets trade back offers from DEN]
Huh??  
FatMan in Charlotte : 4/16/2018 11:36 am : link
Quote:
It is funny
Pete44 : 11:25 am : link : reply
When all is said and done, the most likely scenario is what we all think will happen:


I haven't seen any consensus on what will happen, let alone a scenario "we all think will happen".

Basically, I won't be surprised at anything on draft night, and that includes trading down and seeing Roger Goodell in a Snow White costume.
RE: It is funny  
Jay in Toronto : 4/16/2018 12:06 pm : link
In comment 13915829 Pete44 said:
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When all is said and done, the most likely scenario is what we all think will happen:

1) Darnold - (Browns Can't take the chance of another guy)
2) Barkley - (Has Giants written all over him)
3) Allen, Rosen or Mayfield - (whoever the Jets have rated higher
4) Chubb (Browns will be thrilled to team Chubb and Garrett and take a RB in the 2nd round)
5) Allen, Rosen or Mayfield

I have no inside info, I just feel this is what is going to happen.


Pete, I think this is the most likely (and 'boring' LOL) scenario.
The truth is  
Jay on the Island : 4/16/2018 1:21 pm : link
The Browns have a better shot at Barkley falling to 4 if they take Allen 1st overall. I really believe that it is either Darnold or Barkley for the Giants with Chubb a close 3rd. If the Browns are hellbent on getting Barkley then they should take Allen which should force the Giants to take Darnold. What it probably comes down to is who do the Browns want more:
Allen and Barkley or
Darnold and Chubb?
RE: .  
Mr. Nickels : 4/16/2018 3:59 pm : link
In comment 13915389 huygens20 said:
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Jesus,,, if allen goes #1.... there will be chaos


If they take Barkley #1 at least there is some plausible deniability by taking Allen as the third QB
RE: RE: I still believe QBs are going 1,2,3  
Danny80 : 4/17/2018 1:34 am : link
In comment 13915714 Big_Blue_in_the_Bronx said:
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In comment 13915643 Jarvis said:


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I think the Browns are most likely going Darnold. Seems to be a huge risk to take Allen at 1. I think this is hype. I know for a fact the NFL love intrigue at the top due to the fact that the draft is prime time TV on thursday night. That is a huge time slot. They could go Allen..I am just speculating.

I am not sure who JonC's sources are, but they are clearly legit based on history. However, my personal opinion is the Giants board ranking will not matter here. Almost every board out there, professional or amateur have Barkley, Chubb, Nelson as the top 3 players based on grade. When a team is drafting a QB high, those rankings mean less simply due to the shear value of having a good QB. For example, Matt Ryan is a very good QB. He isn't the top guy in the league. Barry Sanders is one of the best backs in NFL history. I guarantee that Barry would have the higher "grade". Matt Ryan is clearly more valuable.

If you look around the sites, Eli is considered a bottom half QB. I have seen him ranked anywhere from 17-25 going into next season. Maybe these rankings are off, but you have to considered our fan bias too. He is 37 years old. How many teams would pass on a QB at the 2 pick when they have a bottom half of the league QB at age 37. It is a HUGE gamble that he will bounce back at this point. Gettleman would be staking his reputation on day 1 that Eli will return to his 2011-2012 form. I am not saying he definitely can't do that...but it just seems like a big risk.

Anyway...these are just my opinions. Hopefully will stimulate discussion.






Many good points Jarvis. I would say a decision that high up you can bet ownership will have a big say in it. If you go QB at #2 you are basically saying to Eli this is your last year. A QB you are high on late round 1 (via trade up) or early rounds 2 or even 3 changes the dynamic drastically.

Right or wrong if Giants goals are:

1.Do 'right' (in their eyes) by Eli (after last years debacle) and give him to the end of his contract (which the Giants are big on) . That means 2 years IF he plays well this year under a much better HC/OC combination and improved OL.

2.Do right by Davis Webb who has been the consummate back up the day he stepped into the Giants facility and has busted his butt. A model Qb understudy and exactly the persona the Giants love for their Qb.

3. Take a Qb later in draft so investment is not as high and he can provide competition and insurance for Davis Webb in case he doesnt pan out.

This is well within their M.O. to do this. I am not saying I agree with this per se, but I could totally see Giants ownership doing this type of thing. Eli is like family to them (plus of course he brought 2 Super Bowl rings here). For better or for worse, this is an extremely loyal organization to a fault.


Hasn't Eli said that he would be ok with the Giants drafting a QB? Of course that could just be lip service, but I thought he publicly said that, or at least Gettleman said that he said that?
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