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GoldenBoy
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Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Barkley is probably the best player in the draft and they have another pick at 4. I doubt he last until the fourth pick, so why not just take him first overall?


Cajunese
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Because they're the Browns


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WaltTeevens
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
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Barkley is probably the best player in the draft and they have another pick at 4. I doubt he last until the fourth pick, so why not just take him first overall?


I don't usually like the "rules" about drafting certain positions at certain picks, but drafting an RB first overall seems like a bad idea. Even if it seems like a once in a generation type talent (which I don't think Barkley is)


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lsutigers1992
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Shelf life. And they could trade down to 5and still get him. Or they could take him with their other high pick.
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SportsGuyNOLA
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
He looks like another Trent Richardson to me.

Hopefully they take him.


kkhere
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Have you seen the Browns QB play the last 2 years?


Rand AlThor
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Feel like they could be tempted to do that if Darnold really does go back

I know this board doesn't believe in Darnold, but he and Rosen really are the only ones worthy of that pick from a QB perspective and Rosen has made it clear he doesn't want anything to do with Cleveland


GoldenBoy
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
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He looks like another Trent Richardson to me.



Not sure if serious.


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Mingo Was His NameO
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Not a terrible idea depending on how they feel about the QBs. If they feel think very highly of Darnold or Rosen you have to take then one because you chance them not being there at 4. If they are indifferent about the difference between them or Mayfield or Allen I think your strategy is right.


lynxcat
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Drafting a QB with the top pick is too risky of a proposition for a franchise that sucks across the board. Go with a 'sure thing' that has less volatility than the QB position.

Trading back is the correct answer because they need multiple bodies.


Boo Krewe
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
they should sign kapernick, cousins, foles, or some veteran

not a new qb


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Winston Cup
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
they need to do the smart thing and take orlando brown the ot from OU #1. one of the qb's will fall to #4.


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VinegarStrokes
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
you only take Barkley if Sam Darnold's teammates didn't attend his birthday party


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south bama tiger
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Or get Guice, Chubb, Sonny, Love, or any number of runningbacks later in the draft and get greater production relative to the round they were selected.


Getting an offensive or defensive lineman or QB with the first pick (not saying that either is immune to risk) and one of those players at a later point in the draft is worth more than getting Barkley at #1. Any one of the above might be as productive as Barkley, or the drop off will be marginal in terms of how many extra wins you can get.


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teke184
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
RB is a fairly disposable position in the current NFL.

They don’t have a long shelf life and there is a history of lower picked (and unpicked) RBs putting up huge numbers as well as high RBs flopping.


They can take him but all it takes is one bad cut for him to pull a KiJana Carter, blow out one or both legs, and never be the same again.


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lsutigers1992
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
Am elite QB anchors a team for 2 decades. See Brady/Manning/Brees/Favre.

Am elite RB, especially an elusive one, gives you 5-8 elite years and then becomes a journeyman. See Tomlinson/CJ2K.


teke184
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
An elite OL can anchor a team for about as long as a QB.

Joe Thomas is doing that for Cleveland now but he is getting older and finally starting to get injured.

Maybe they should be figuring out how many year Thomas has left and getting a tackle to play opposite from him and eventually transition over to left tackle.


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GoldenBoy
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
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Trading back is the correct answer because they need multiple bodies.



This is always the case, but how realistic is it?

Who's looking to trade up?


Rand AlThor
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
They have the 1st, 4th, 33rd and 37th picks. Do they really need to trade down? Get top talents with those picks imo

PLUS, they already have a TON of young players and they have a lot of picks this year (like 30 players on rookie contracts or some crazy shit). If they have any more they're gonna have to cut some. It might actually be better for them to trade some of their picks up and get top players instead of adding 18 rookies or whatever


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teke184
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re: Why wouldn't Browns take Saquon Barkley first overall?
It depends who the top prospects are and who declares.

The Giants, Broncos, and Jets need a QB but the Giants have little reason to move up from 2 if Darnold and Rosen declare. And both the Broncos and Jets pick after Cleveland’s second pick.

I only see Indy moving if they fall in love with a lineman and want to jump the Giants to get him.

The Bucs, at 7, are pretty far down to be looking at a trade up to 1 unless they fall in love with a guy like Minka Fitzpatrick and pay a king’s ransom to trade.


Best case scenario? Allen is the only top tier QB due to Darnold and Rosen returning to school and teams are sold on him as a franchise guy. At that point you have the Giants, Jets, and Broncos budding on a trade up to first.


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