2018 Browns draft narrative tracker Vol. 4

Ken Carman's latest update to an ever-changing story

Ken Carman
March 27, 2018 - 7:41 pm
Browns general manager John Dorsey

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – There’s nothing better than draft season where the stories and narratives change by the day, if not the hour.

Over the next four weeks the Browns will choose between USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield or Wyoming’s Josh Allen to be their franchise quarterback in waiting.

With March coming to a close, come on in and check out where we stand in ‘Volume 4 of Ken Carman’s 2018 NFL Draft narrative’ tracker.

Nov. 1: Darnold may go back to USC if the Browns have the No. 1 pick. (via ESPN)

Nov. 29: Darnold refutes report he’d return to USC if the Browns have the No. 1 pick. (via CBS)

Dec. 6: Anonymous NFC personnel man tells Charles Robinson that Darnold “has a bad face.”

Dec. 24: Rosen would rather play for the Giants or return to UCLA if the Browns have the No.1 pick. (via Adam Schefter)

Dec. 26: Rosen does not refute Schefter’s story; says he would rather “be right pick later, than wrong pick early.”

Dec. 27: Darnold says he “would be honored to play for any team that picks him.”  

Dec. 28: The Browns will take Josh Allen No. 1 overall (read it twice if you need to; I did) leaving the Giants to pick between Rosen and Darnold. (Ian O’Connor)

Jan. 1: Veteran college scout tells Peter King that he believes John Dorsey will take Allen No. 1 overall.

Jan. 3: An anonymous scout expresses concern that Rosen just wants to make money playing football. (The Big Lead).

Jan. 8: Former Browns GM Phil Savage tells me on my Sunday Night show to “not be surprised if Josh Allen emerges as pick No. 1.” (CBS Sports Radio, shameless plug but still)

Jan. 10: Albert Breer tells Lord Baseball (Bull) and Fox that Kirk Cousins would “seriously consider playing for the Browns if he doesn’t return to DC.” (92.3 The Fan)

Jan. 18: Mel Kiper’s first mock Draft has the Browns taking Allen No. 1 overall.

Jan. 22: Boomer Esiason says he’s heard Darnold has small hands. (WFAN)

Jan. 25: Draft guy on twitter claims to see AJ McCarron wearing a Browns hat at the Senior Bowl.

Jan. 25: Zac Jackson claims to run two laps around Ladd Peebles Stadium to find McCarron in said Browns hat. (Isn’t Twitter the best?)

Jan. 26: NFL scout tells Mary Kay Cabot that whoever drafts Baker Mayfield will have to “De-Johnnify” him. (Cleveland.com)

Feb. 1: Chad Johnson tweets that Kirk Cousins is going to Cleveland and will have great WR’s with him. Allen Robinson “likes” it.

Feb. 2: Kirk Cousins tells Andrew Siciliano “I’m from the Midwest. Would be happy to come back to the Midwest, to my roots.” (NFL Network)

Feb. 15: AJ McCarron granted Free Agency.

Feb. 20: David Carr throws hat in for Saquon Barkley at No. 1. Not a rumor, but he becomes the first on-air analyst to stump for it.

Feb. 21: Mel Kiper’s second mock still has Allen going No. 1 to Cleveland.

Feb. 27: The Browns aren’t enamored with any quarterback at No. 1.

Feb. 28: Dorsey says at the NFL Combine he and the Browns are open for business with both first-round picks.

Mar. 4: Barkley now “firmly” in the mix at No. 1. (Ian Rapoport).

Mar. 6: Katherine Webb-McCarron likes Lima’s tweets defending AJ McCarron. (Twitter remains the best)

Mar. 7: Mike Silver, best friend of Browns head coach Hue Jackson, insinuates that Browns are interested in Rosen. (NFL Network)

Mar. 15: Dorsey says he’s open for business at No. 1 again, so “call my phone.”

Mar. 17: Colts trade out of No. 3 with Jets, refocusing Browns Draft conversation to which quarterback to take at No. 1.

Mar. 21: Jimmy Haslam is among Browns contingent at Darnold’s pro day and gets spotted talking with his parents in the stands.

Mar. 26: Dan Patrick states that Browns are using their “love of Darnold” to be able to lure the Giants into swapping picks to take Allen. (The Dan Patrick Show)

Mar. 26: Dorsey says he had a cup of coffee with Dave Gettleman of the Giants (GM) and that’s all he can say (when asked about Odell Beckham).

Mar. 26: The Browns could Draft QB’s at 1 and 4 overall (then trade one of the two by November)...About this time, we all got worked into a shoot. (John McClain).

Mar. 26: Browns workout with Mayfield went “great” and Browns interest seems sincere. (Cleveland.com)

Mar. 27: Jackson says Browns could wait until draft night to make their choice known but all four quarterbacks have what they are looking for.

Mar. 27: Browns are down to a decision between Darnold and Allen at No. 1. (Chris Mortensen)