Reviewing the top five QB options for the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft

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The Cleveland Browns are expected to draft a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. After a very lackluster rookie season for Deshone Kizer the Browns will most likely draft a quarterback as well as bring in a veteran. Let’s take a look at the top five quarterback prospects that will be available in the 2018 draft.

 

Josh Rosen – UCLA   (6’4″ – 218 lbs)

Stats CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2017 283 452 3756 62.6 8.31 65 26 10 26 147.0

Josh Rosen might be the top overall prospect available in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is a pure pocket passer with great mechanics and a strong arm. He also has great field vision and pocket presence. Rosen is accustomed to working under center at UCLA. He has all the attributes to be a franchise quarterback at the next level. There is some concern with durability as well as his decision making under pressure.

 

Sam Darnold – USC   (6’4″ – 220 lbs)

Stats CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2017 303 480 4143 63.1 8.63 56 26 13 29 148.1

Sam Darnold is another prospect with all the attributes you want in a franchise quarterback as he possesses great size, arm strength and play making ability. Darnold is strong at anticipating routes and ball placement with great accuracy. The big knock has been turnovers. In 2017 he had 13 interceptions and 9 lost fumbles.

 

Josh Allen – Wyoming   (6’5″ – 233 lbs)

Stats CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2017 152 270 1812 56.3 6.71 47 16 6 22 127.8

Josh Allen is an impressive physical specimen at the quarterback position. He has great size and elite arm strength. Allen is also very mobile for his size and is strong throwing on the move. At Wyoming Allen played in a pro style system similar to what Carson Wentz played in at North Dakota State and drawn comparisons to the Philadelphia Eagles star. Allen tends to force too many balls and has accuracy issues.

 

Lamar Jackson – Louisville   (6’3″ – 205 lbs)

Stats CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2017 254 430 3660 59.1 8.51 78 27 10 29 146.6

Lamar Jackson is a different style quarterback than the previous three on this list. Jackson has very good arm strength but his speed an play making ability are his strongest attributes. In addition to his 3,660 passing yards he also rushed for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns. Jackson’s passing game is still a work in progress as he is inaccurate at times. His slim frame is also a concern at the next level.

 

Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma   (6’2″ – 214 lbs)

Stats CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2017 285 404 4627 70.5 11.45 84 43 6 26 198.9

Baker Mayfield is coming off of a very impressive season in which he completed 70% of his passes and threw for 43 touchdowns. He does not possess the arm strength of the other four but makes up for it with his play making ability. NFL scouts wonder if his lack of size will hurt him at the next level. Mayfield also has issues reading defenses at times. He did have his best games of the season against some of the best defenses in the country.

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