Baskin: No One Knows What Browns Will Do – And That's A Good Thing

Will the Browns draft Sam Darnold? Josh Allen? Someone else? No one knows, which means GM John Dorsey is doing his job

Scott Ferrall
April 24, 2018 - 8:19 am

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The NFL Draft is a couple of days away, and no one has any idea what the Cleveland Browns will do at No. 1 – or No. 4, for that matter.

Browns fans should be ecstatic about that.

“Josh Allen seems to be the guy that they want, but who knows?” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan host Andy Baskin said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s all smoke. You never know. And if they tried to drive up the market for Josh Allen so they can kind of affect that No. 4 pick and make it more valuable or at least get to the player they want, they’ve done a great job of that because everyone thinks it’s Allen now. A week ago, it was Darnold. I’m so confused – and do you know what that makes me feel? Good about the Browns. Because that means John Dorsey is doing his job. We’re three days away, and no one knows what’s going on.”

There has been speculation that the Browns might draft quarterbacks at No. 1 and No. 4, even though they signed Tyrod Taylor and Drew Stanton in the offseason.

Baskin doesn’t see that happening.

“No way,” he said. “That’s just straight stupid. Why would you take quarterbacks at 1 and 4 when you got two guys that they just brought in as free agents that are both going to be firewalls for whoever they draft? They don’t want that quarterback to play this year. They don’t. And Josh Allen fits that mold.”

Scott Ferrall, for what it’s worth, is not sold on Allen. After all, Allen only completed 56.3 percent of his passes for 1,812 yards and 16 touchdown in 11 games last season – and his best games came against Gardner-Webb, Texas State and New Mexico.

“When I see Josh Allen, I see Ben Roethlisberger if you’re looking at potential,” Baskin said. “But we’re talking about a team that’s won four games in the last four seasons. I just wonder if the Browns are trying to force this thing.”

As for the Cavaliers, Baskin feels as many Cavs fans feel: that LeBron James needs help. James has averaged 39.0 points in the Cavs two wins against the Pacers and “only” 28.0 in their losses. Even after seeing the Cavs win Game 4, Baskin’s confidence level in Cleveland winning the series is only a 5 out of 10.

“I have a good feeling about the Cavs in the next game,” he said. “Then we’ll roll the dice in Game 6.”

Game 5 is Wednesday in Cleveland at 7 p.m. ET, while Game 6 is Friday in Indianapolis.