​The NFL Draft is about two months away, and mock drafts are flooding the web. 


In his second mock draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had the​ Cleveland Browns drafting Wyoming QB Josh Allen at No. 1 and Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick with the No. 4 pick.


However, during a conference call with the media, Kiper said it could be entirely possible that the Browns take Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with their first pick, and use the No. 4 pick on a quarterback.

​​“It depends on how they stack the board on the quarterbacks,” said Kiper.


The reasoning behind this belief is that the Browns could have two to three of the quarterbacks (Allen, Sam Darnold, and Josh Rosen) on their list graded closely together, which could make it worth Cleveland waiting on a QB until the No. 4 pick. 


Kiper has stated that Barkley is the best player in the entire 2018 class, where he had the New York Giants selecting the running back with the No. 2 pick in his mock draft. Considering the fact that Kiper calls Barkley the best overall prospect, it could entice the Browns to take the running back first in order to pair him with Duke Johnson Jr.

The talk is all hypothetical, as predictions will rapidly change leading up to Draft night on Apr. 26. However, we can now file Barkley-to-Cleveland in the "Maybe" folder for NFL Draft projections.