The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, and it is expected that they will select a quarterback with one of the picks. Speculation on who that will be, predictably, is rampant.
Will it be Josh Rosen, the Chosen one from UCLA? Or Sam Darnold, USC’s star sophomore? Or, perhaps, Josh Allen, Wyoming’s more unproven prospect but whose tangibles have proven appealing for a number of NFL scouts?
On Monday, former UCLA coach Jim Mora was asked by the NFL Network which quarterback he thinks will go off the board first. His answer was a bit surprising.
“Because of fit, I would take Sam Darnold if I were the Cleveland Browns,” Mora said. “I think [he has] that blue-collar, gritty attitude. I think his teammates will love him. I think the city will love him. He’ll say the right things. He’ll come in and represent well. I think he kind of represents what Cleveland is.”
Jim Mora: “I’d take Sam Darnold if I was the @Browns.”
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— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 26, 2018
Mora, of course, did not coach Darnold in college. He coached Rosen, recruiting the St. John Bosco star who passed for over 9,000 yards and 59 touchdowns despite a litany of injuries that limited Rosen for two of his three seasons.
Darnold, meanwhile, played two healthy seasons, throwing for 57 touchdowns and 7,229 yards. In his two games against UCLA, however, he struggled, failing to eclipse the 300-yard threshold in both, throwing 2 touchdowns to 3 interceptions.
The majority of mock drafts do, indeed, have Darnold going No. 1 to the Browns. Rosen is expected by many to go to the Denver Broncos.
Later, Mora added that “If I was one of the New York teams, I’d take Josh (Mora then snapped his fingers) like that. I think they’re both gonna be great pros.”