Rosen could also return to school, effectively putting this story to rest, as long as the Browns don't own the number one overall pick once again in 2019.
Days after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen leaked word that he would be hesitant to declare for the National Football League draft this year if the Browns were likely to take him with the No. 1 pick, Darnold went a more diplomatic route.
This is hardly the first time that a player has expressed concern about landing in Cleveland, although that will not dissuade new Browns general manager John Dorsey from taking the player he believes is the best fit for his franchise.
Well, he appeared to confirm some of the speculation when he told the media, "I'd rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team", according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. "Any team that would want to give me that opportunity to be a part of their organization, it would mean the world to me".
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The Browns (0-14) can secure the top overall pick Sunday with a loss to the Chicago Bears or a victory by the Giants (2-12) over the Arizona Cardinals.
With Kizer not looking like the team's long-term option at quarterback, Darnold would be the ideal addition for Cleveland.
Well, now, Cleveland clinched the top overall selection in the draft, so there seems to be a very good chance that Darnold does, in fact, wind up with the Browns. Rosen preferred the New York Giants, who now are projected to pick second.
Neither quarterback has to enter the draft. The Browns also have the Houston Texans' first-round pick which is now at No. 4. The 2018 NFL Draft will take place on April 26.