The Cleveland Browns own the #1 and #4 picks in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. There is just about a 100% chance Cleveland will take a quarterback with the first pick. The question is who will they take at four? There are two prime candidates who are both more than worthy of the fourth pick selection. They are defensive end Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State and running back Saquon Barkley of Penn State. Let’s take a deeper look at the two top prospects.
Bradley Chubb – 6’4″ / 269 lbs – Defensive End – North Carolina State
2017 Stats: 72 tackles / 10 sacks
Bradley Chubb is the most talented and dangerous pass rusher in the 2018 draft. After bursting onto the scene as a sophomore in 2015 Chubb totaled 25 sacks in his final three seasons at N.C. State. Chubb became the became the sack leader in North Carolina State school history his senior year. He has a non stop motor and great pass rushing techniques that makes him such an elite prospect off the edge. Chubb possesses a good combination of speed and power that make him difficult to block. Not only his he a great pass rusher but also is solid against the run. He holds his ground well and does not get pushed off the ball against the run. He has 23 tackles for a loss in 2017. Chubb is also known as a great person off the field and a locker room leader. He is best suited for a 4-3 defense. Putting him opposite 2017 #1 pick Myles Garrett on the Browns defensive line would certainly give opposing quarterbacks headaches.
Saquon Barkley – 6’0″ / 233 lbs – Running Back – Penn State
2017 Stats: 1,271 rush yds / 632 rec yds / 21 TD’s
Saquon Barkley is the most talented running back to come out of college in a long time. Many argue that he is the number one overall talent in the 2018 draft. In his three seasons at Penn State Barkley has accumulated 5,038 yards from scrimmage and 51 touchdowns while averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Barkley has an elite combination of power and speed that makes him so dangerous to opposing defenses. His game breaking speed makes him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He has great footwork and balance that helps him cut around and run through defenders. Not only is he an elite runner but is also exceptional as a receiver out of the backfield. He has 102 receptions and eight receiving touchdowns at Penn State. Barkley is a great route runner and knows how to get open. Pairing Barkely with free agent signee Carlos Hyde would give the Browns a solid 1/2 punch out of the backfield.