Good news for them?
But that doesn’t mean the Browns will take him first overall, even though they need a quarterback.
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns appear to have narrowed their choices at No. 1 to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. The Browns “have cooled” on Darnold recently, according to Cabot.
Mayfield would be something of a surprise pick at No. 1. Most of the chatter regarding the Browns and that pick has centered on a “Darnold or Allen?” decision.
All this means Darnold could very well fall to the quarterback-needy Jets at No. 3. If he does, it would probably be a no-brainer decision for general manager Mike Maccagnan to take him. It would also justify the Jets’ decision to trade up from sixth to third, in a deal with the Colts.
The Browns taking somebody other than Darnold at No. 1 would set up a fascinating dynamic on Thursday, as the Giants, desiring Barkley, could bluff to the Jets that they’re going to take Darnold second … and, thus, bait the Jets into trading up to No. 2, in order to secure Darnold.
The Jets could always call the Giants’ bluff, since it seems increasingly likely the Giants will take Barkley at No. 2, even though there are plenty of compelling reasons for them to select a quarterback there — especially if it is Darnold.