The New York Jets are now the favorites to land Sam Darnold


The New York Jets announced on Saturday that they traded with the Indianapolis Colts, moving into the 3rd overall pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. Christian Hackenburg? The no-good, the bad and the ugly.

Do not overthink this, if the Browns try to get sneaky here and wait around, they will end up in the same position they have been in - being irrelevant. Many draft observers and National Football League insiders expect the Giants to take a player other than a quarterback, maybe offensive lineman Quenton Nelson or defensive end Bradley Chubb, but can they really pass up the chance to draft Eli Manning's successor? Who can blame them with the way the top of the draft is shaping up?

Should quarterback account for the first three picks in the draft, then Cleveland should be thrilled, though the trade I think makes it even more likely that the Browns have to take a quarterback with their first pick, because if they don't, they risk potentially being down to their third option, and you don't want that at the most important position.

While the Denver Broncos signed Case Keenum this offseason, they could still be seeking a long-term option at the position with the fifth overall pick.

The Jacksonville Jaguars showed last season just how valuable an improved defense, particularly on the line, can help a team achieve rapid success and it's a formula that Cleveland could very well look to replicate in 2018.

That leaves the Bills as the next QB-desperate team. Unless newly signed career backup A.J. McCarron overachieves.

Brandon Beane never panicked and instead stuck to his plan of getting a veteran in the quarterback room ahead of the draft.

Would the Browns trade down from No. 1? After the Giants took future Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor with the second overall pick, the Jets took UCLA RB Freeman McNeil at No. 3. That is the biggest x-factor in this: what the New York Giants do. But as of now, Indy has the sixth pick as well as three of the first 17 picks in the second round.

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Beane has connections with Giants general manager, David Gettleman.

This move is one that many would have expected the Browns to make considering their history.

How great a bargain was that for Miami?

The 26-year-old Williamson spent his first four National Football League seasons with Tennessee and led the Titans in tackles in two of those years.

Buffalo might have to give up its second first-rounder this year (22 overall), plus either a first-rounder next year or chunks of their second- and third-round stashes this year (53, 56, 65 and 96 overall).

So here is how the new draft order: 1. If the Giants don't go quarterback, the Browns still would likely have their choice of any two from Barkley, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick or pass-rusher Bradley Chubb.

See, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friends: Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. Sometimes you want a guy, and at the last minute he signs with his own team, so he's off the market.