Mock Draft Roundup: How does Jets-Colts trade affect Browns' draft plans?

The Browns control their destiny at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft, but it's a different story for everyone else who picks after No. 1.

That's why Saturday's trade between the Jets and Colts matters in a big way for Cleveland, which also holds the No. 4 pick thanks to last year's trade with the Houston Texans.

The Jets parted with their own first-rounder and three second-round picks to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. The Colts, in theory, aren't interested in a first-round quarterback while the Jets, in theory, are very much in the market for one.

A scenario exists where the Browns, if they opt for a quarterback with the first overall pick, could select the top quarterback and top non-quarterback in this year's draft. That's exactly what a handful of prognosticators see unfolding.

Who the Browns take with those picks remains a wide-ranging debate.

  1. QB Sam Darnold (USC)
  1. DE Bradley Chubb (NC State)

Of note: Kelly sees three quarterbacks coming off the board before the Browns are on the clock at No. 4. He views Chubb as a player that would give Cleveland one of the NFL's best young defensive lines.

  1. QB Josh Allen (Wyoming)
  1. Chubb

Of note: White believes Cleveland's trade for Tyrod Taylor would allow Allen, who is loaded with talent and upside, to grow and develop from the sidelines in 2018.

  1. Darnold
  1. RB Saquon Barkley (Penn State)

Of note: In this scenario, Barkley would be the second non-quarterback off the board, as Brooks projects the Giants, who sit at No. 2, to select Notre Dame OG Quenton Nelson.

  1. Allen
  1. DB Denzel Ward (Ohio State)

Of note: Trapasso's mock features a projected trade between the Browns and Cardinals, who hold the No. 15 pick in the first round. Along with swapping first-rounders, Cleveland would receive a second- and third-round pick in Trapasso's projected deal.

  1. Darnold
  1. Barkley

Of note: This mock projects a trade between the Bills and Giants, allowing Buffalo to take the second quarterback off the board at No. 2. Barkley would "finalize" Cleveland's offense, according to Yahoo!

  1. Darnold
  1. Ward

Of note: Middlehurst-Schwartz, who projects Barkley to land with the Giants at No. 2, considers outside cornerback to be Cleveland's top need, and Ward would be the best to fill it.

  1. Allen
  1. Barkley

Of note: Cherepinsky compares Barkley to Hall of Fame RB Marshall Faulk and believes Allen is the best fit for a Todd Haley offense.

  1. Darnold
  1. Barkley

Of note: Reuter expects the QB order to go Darnold, Josh Rosen and Allen before Cleveland lands whom he considers to be the "top player in the draft."

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