Fox: Saquon Barkley Won't Be A Brown At No. 1

Barkley's agency can leak anything it wants, Dustin Fox said. The Penn State product isn't going No. 1 regardless

Taz and the Moose
April 19, 2018 - 10:43 am

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With the NFL Draft one week away, we have a bit of controversy. Saquon Barkley’s agency, Roc Nation, reportedly does not want Barkley to play for the Browns.

True or untrue, how does Barkley feel about playing in Cleveland? That is the question.

“Let’s just go through the story,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan host Dustin Fox said on Taz & The Moose. “The report was that his agency had told him they didn’t want him to go to Cleveland, they wanted him to be in a bigger market. So that makes sense, right? I mean, if you’re representing Saquon Barkley, there’s more endorsement opportunities, more exposure, in a city like New York as opposed to Cleveland, so that makes sense. I do believe that Saquon probably said to them, ‘No, I’m good. I’ll go to Cleveland. I’ll turn that franchise around.’ Obviously the fans, when they heard Saquon would do that, they get on board with it, like, ‘All right, this dude is a blue-collar guy, doesn’t really care about those things.’ Even though his agency, which I believe is the Jay-Z group, even though they may have different ideas, I think he really is kind of against that. That’s my take on it.”

Barkley may, in fact, be okay with playing in Cleveland, but it seems odd that an agency would leak this without talking to the player first.

“That’s probably fair,” Fox said. “Maybe they have had those conversations. I just don’t know why this get leaks. (Why) does this even get out?”

It’s possible, Taz & Moose said, that Barkley wanted this info leaked. After all, Barkley is from the Bronx, the Giants have the No. 2 pick, and Barkley was recently seen wearing a Giants hoodie.

“That’s fine,” Fox said. “I’ll just tell you this: He’s not coming to Cleveland at 1. He can wear all the hoodies he wants. He’s not going to be a Brown at the No. 1 overall pick.

Many believe that the Browns, who went 0-16 last season, will draft a quarterback No. 1. Which QB they take, however, is a matter of debate – and fierce debate, at that.

“Man, if I had (the No. 1 pick), I’d play the lottery,” Fox said. “I literally don’t know. I’ve gone back and forth on this for weeks. (I think) Sam Darnold should be the pick for the Browns at 1, but that doesn’t men that’s what they’re going to do. I just believe Sam Darnold checks all the boxes and there’s the least amount of risk involved with a player like Darnold, even though I love Baker Mayfield. If I was drafting, I’d draft Mayfield at 1. But they’re not going to do that, I don’t think. I still think there’s a chance they take Josh Allen at 1. John Dorsey seems to be this old-school football guy that is infatuated with size and arm strength and his hand size and all these little things that Allen has that the other quarterbacks don’t. I don’t think anything would surprise me, and I don’t think anyone’s going to know until the Browns turn that card in Thursday night.”

Fox thinks Dorsey knows who he’s taking No. 1 but hasn’t told anybody. But know this: it’ll be a quarterback.

“Floored,” Fox said, when asked if he’d be surprised if the Browns don’t take a QB No. 1. “Floored. Yes, stunned. Floored. I’d be blown away. I don’t even know what I would do. I think it would be the craziest thing ever.”