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With less than a month to go until the NFL draft, teams like the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers can be forgiven for starting to turn their attention towards next season. It’s also a great time for all football fans to start learning the names and faces of the top prospects that the country has to offer. Let’s take a look at five of the best new talents coming through and where they might end up as they begin their professional career in the NFL.
1. Cleveland Browns – Josh Rosen QB, UCLA
Current quarterback Deshone Kizer has shown some improvement during this current season, however, he probably doesn’t have the quality that the franchise is looking for long term. The Browns will probably take their chance as the number one overall pick to snatch up an elite quarterback prospect such as Josh Rosen.
Even though QB Baker Mayfield has received a lot of attention recently, Rosen has been very impressive this year and will surely be the Browns’ first choice for the position. Mayfield is currently the massive favorite to win the Heisman trophy according to bet365 NFL odds at -3300, but some feel he’s still too small to make a real impact in the NFL at present.
One thing is for sure though, Cleveland are in a serious slump and they need to get a new QB if they are to have any chance of crawling out of it.
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2. New York Giants – Sam Darnold QB, USC
Eli Manning’s era is coming to a close, and with the Giants set to have a new general manager and head coach, they may opt to go with a new quarterback to start life after Eli. Darnold has struggled at times throughout the season, but according to some of the lead scouts in the game, it’s a result of some poor coaching and a lack of quality in his wide receivers.
He’s got an extremely accurate arm and has the ability to make the big plays while under pressure. He won’t turn the Giants into a Super Bowl winning side, but it’s a definite step in the right direction for future success.
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3. San Francisco 49ers – Saquon Barkley RB, Penn State
It may seem strange that coach Kyle Shanahan would use his top pick on a running back, but if the 2017 draft taught us anything, it’s that you can’t get too caught up on the past. During that draft they used their first three picks on defenders when they selected Soloman Thomas, Reuben Foster and Ahkello Witherspoon.
Barkley would be a fantastic fit for the organization, and pair up beautifully with Jimmy Garoppolo giving the squad some much need balance. He has a tremendous inside-outside running ability, as well as bringing a unique passing game. In his first Big Ten this season he returned the opening kickoff for 98 yards and a touchdown, becoming the only player in Big Ten History to score a return and passing TD in the same match.
We’ll have to wait and see if these are the future stars that can help turn their prospective franchises around. Hopefully, they stay injury-free and have a magnificent career playing the game they love in the National Football League.