2018 NFL draft: Browns reportedly likely down to Baker Mayfield or Josh Allen at No. 1

We’re a little more than 24 hours away from the start of Round 1 of the 2018 NFL draft, and there’s been no clear indication of which player the Cleveland Browns, picking first overall for the second straight year, will choose.

But we may have an indication after a Wednesday report.

Mary Kay Cabot, the longtime Browns reporter for cleveland.com, writes that league sources indicate “it could be down to Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield.”

Lots of opinions on whom Cleveland will choose

Cabot writes that the Browns have given consideration to each of quarterbacks believed to be the top four at the position – Allen, Mayfield, Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold – but that the team has narrowed its focus to Allen, the Wyoming product with the cannon arm, and Mayfield, the Heisman winner from Oklahoma who can be a bit of a loose cannon.

But many draft experts have pegged Darnold as the Browns’ choice, and Cabot, again citing sources, says Cleveland has cooled on Darnold in recent days.

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Sam Darnold throughout his USC career
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3 September 2016: USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (#14) during the Advocare Classic college football game between the USC Trojans and Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Alabama won the game 52-6. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
01 October 2016: Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold (14) directs the band after the Trojans 41-20 win in an NCAA football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Sam Darnold #14 and Adoree' Jackson #2 of the USC Trojans celebrate a 21-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: USC head coach Clay Helton hugs USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) during an NCAA football game between the Colorado Buffaloes and the USC Trojans on October 08, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. USC defeated Colorado 21-17.(Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) makes a throw during the game against the California Golden Bears on October 27, 2016, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans heads off the field after beating the Washington Huskies 24-13 on November 12, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19: USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) escapes the grasp of UCLA (98) Takkarist McKinley (DL) as he runs the ball for a gain during an NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins on November 19, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 19: USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) embraces UCLA (12) Mike Fafaul (QB) after the game during an NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins on November 19, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. USC defeated UCLA 36-14. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans runs with the ball in the first half against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) celebrates the victory after receiving the offensive player of the game award at the conclusion of the Rose Bowl Game between the USC Trojans and the Penn State Nittanny Lions on January 2, 2017, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. USC defeated Penn State 52-49. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton (C) reacts with his son Turner (L) and quarterback Sam Darnold #14 (R) after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 52-49 to win the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 27: Quarterback Sam Darnold of the USC Trojans speaks to the media during PAC12 Media Days on July 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans leaves the field after a 49-31 win over the Western Michigan Broncos at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 21: USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) rolls to the sidelines during the college football game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and USC Trojans on October 21, 2017, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans jokes with Daniel Imatorbhebhe #88 of the USC Trojans before the game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: USC (14) Sam Darnold (QB) gets sacked during a college football game between the Arizona Wildcats and the USC Trojans on November 4, 2017, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Josh Rosen #3 of the UCLA Bruins and Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans meet on the field after a 28-23 Trojan win at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 01: Sam Darnold (14) of the USC Trojans during the Pac-12 Championship game between the Stanford Cardinals and the USC Trojans on December 1, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 1: K.J. Costello #3 of the Stanford Cardinal greets Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans following the Pac-12 Championship game on December 1, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 01: USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) is all smiles after winning 31-28 after the Pac-12 Championship game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on December 1, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks for an open receiver against Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Malik Harrison #39 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans out of bounds in the second half of the 82nd Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between USC and Ohio State at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State won 24-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
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One source, whom Cabot calls a “well-connected top-level NFL personnel executive” told her at the Senior Bowl and again this week that the Browns general manager John Dorsey will choose Allen.

“You can take it to the bank,” the source told Cabot.

Does advisor Scot McCloughan prefer Mayfield?

While that personnel exec thinks Cleveland will pick Allen, one person who has Dorsey’s ear prefers Mayfield – Browns draft consultant Scot McCloughan.

In an interview with Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb last October, McCloughan said his favorite quarterback in this year’s class is Mayfield, despite his shorter stature and questions about his maturity.

He reminds me of a shorter version of Brett Favre,” said McCloughan, who spent six years in Green Bay’s front office. “Tough guy. He can throw it. And he’s very confident, he’s not afraid whatsoever. He’s a battler. I know saying Brett Favre’s a big name and I was around him for awhile, but this guy [Mayfield] has talent.”

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It’s almost certain Cleveland will be holding onto No. 1

Dorsey told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that he hasn’t received any legit offers for the No. 1 pick, so barring a drastic change, Cleveland is on the clock. Dorsey would not confirm to Wyche whether he would definitely be choosing a quarterback with the top spot.

The Browns also currently hold the No. 4 pick.

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Former Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield looks on during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield answers questions from the media during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 02, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 02: Collegiate football player Baker Mayfield of the Oklahoma Sooners attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LII Radio Row at the Mall of America on February 2, 2018 in Bloomington, Minnesota. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 27: Baker Mayfield #6 of the North team throws the ball during the Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists (left to right) University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Stanford University running back Bryce Love and University of Oklahoma quarterbck Baker Mayfield pose for photos during the 2017 Heisman Trophy pre-announcement press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws over TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Mat Boesen (9) during the second half in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the victory against the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Championship game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after a pass for a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2017; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates a touchdown during the first half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is seen on the field during Senior Night recognition prior to action against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after the Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma speaks at the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 09: 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield answers questions from the media during the Heisman Trophy Finalists Press Conference on December 9, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in New York Coty, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - DECEMBER 09: 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield 2017 Heisman Trophy Finalist Stanford University running back Bryce Love during the Heisman Trophy Finalists Press Conference on December 9, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in New York Coty, NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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