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INDIANAPOLIS — All eyes were on the quarterb Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap acks Friday at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. That, of course, includes the Browns, who haven’t been shy about the prospect of using either the first or fourth overall pick to end years of instability at the position.

As Cleveland continues that elusive search, the cream of the crop of this year’s class — a group that includes USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Wyoming’s Jo Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey sh Allen — took center stage in Indianapolis and made their respective cases as the best prospect at the sport’s most-important position.

“I don’t mean to say that in a cocky way, but I think every quarterback should think that,” Allen said. “If you’re not thinking that you’re the best quarterback in this draft, you probably shouldn’t be here.”

“I think I’m the best quarterback here,” added Rosen, described by some as the best passer in years.  “I think I can diagnose defenses and put the ball where it needs to be and make quick decisions. I think we’re all competitors, and I think every other quarterback should have the same exact beliefs that I do.”

“I can make any throw,” said Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner and perhaps one of the nation’s most polarizing prospects. “Winning is most important, but the way I’ve been able to get my guys around me to play, not just the offensive players around me, the other 10 guys, but the defensive guys, special teams. The energy I bring, the passion I bring, it’s infectious.”

“I feel I’m (the best quarterback), but I don’t really care what order we’re in,” said Jackson, the electrifying Louisville star who also laughed off reports he’d been asked to switch positions to receiver. “They’re all great quarterbacks as well.”

While Darnold, widely considered the most-complete of the quarterbacks, declined to declare as much, he embraced the idea of being drafted first overall by Cleveland.

“It would be a great opportunity,” Darnold said of potentially going to Cleveland. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I think turning a franchise around is obviously a hard thing to do, but I’m always accepting of a challenge,” he said. “I think it’s a really good scenario right now. With the draft picks, the amount of cap room that they have, I would honestly love to play there.”

With what has been regarded as one of the best quarterback classes in recent memory, the Browns are positioned to find a long-term answer at the position following the franchise’s first-ever winless season.

“You will never know u Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ntil you go through it all and understand all of the potential players that are there,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday, “but there are quite a few quarterbacks that we feel are going to be really good players in the National Football League.”

On Friday, they all did their best to com Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey municate why they’re poised for success at the next level.

“Everybody does things well in their own aspect and we’re all different, we all have our pluses, our minuses,” Allen said, “but if you don’t have the mindset that you’re the best quarterback in this draft, you’re not going to fare well in this league.”​

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Darnold in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft

INDIANAPOLIS — Sam Darnold wo Custom Angels Jersey n’t throw at the NFL’s annual scouting combine, but he still hopes to leave a lasting impression.

“I felt like it was the best decision for me,” the former USC quarterback said in a news conference Friday, adding the choice is not medically related. “I’m going to throw at my Pro Day and I think that’s a good opportunity for teams to be able to look at how I can spin it.”

Darnold, widely believed to be one of the best quarterbacks in this year’s draft class, is firmly in the mix to be the first overall p Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ick and embraced the idea of being se Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey lected by the Browns at that spot. It remains to be seen, however, if his decision not to throw gives prospective teams pause while his biggest competitors — UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson — have said they’ll throw in Saturday’s on-field workouts.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he’d respect Darnold’s decision not to throw but made clear he’d like to see the 20-year-old participate in the drill. “We wish he would throw, would like to see him throw. But at the same time, there’s going to be other times to have an opportunity to watch him work out and do those things,” Jackson said.

“But do I wish he was throwing here this weekend? Yes, I do, to watch him compete with the other guys. But at the same time, that’s not going to hinder us making a decision about what kind of player he is for our football team.”

Darnold, whom NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah described as his highest-gr Custom Angels Baseball Jersey aded quarterback prospect since Carson Wentz, completed 65 percent of his passes for 7,229 yards, 57 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in two seasons at USC.

He also struggled with turnovers — especially fumbles — throughout his final season with the Trojans, a shortcoming he addressed in his news conference. “I’m aware how much I turn the ball over,” he said, “and it’s not OK.”

Darnold, if drafted by the Browns, would be the first quarterback taken by Cleveland first overall since 1999.

“If Cleveland takes me No. 1, that would be a great opportunity, that goes for any team,” he said. “Turning a franchise around is hard, but I’m always up for a challenge.”

2018 NFL Comb Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey ine: Brady Quinn breaks down QB class, names his favorite on Cleveland Browns Daily

Former Browns QB analyzes DeShone Kizer’s rookie season, too

INDIANAPOLIS — As has been the case Custom Angels Jersey  for the last three years, much of the buzz at the combine centers on the Browns and their ongoing search for a franchise quarterback. The Browns hold the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft and, therefore, control the top of the quarterback board if they choose to go in that direction with the first pick.

Among those expecting the Browns to take a quarterback at No. 1 overall is former Browns quarterback and first-round pick Brady Quinn, who is in Indianapolis as an analyst with SiriusXM NFL radio.

Quinn, the former Notre Dame star, shared his thoughts on the top quarterback prospects in the draft, the rookie season of DeShone Kizer and the expectations on 20-year olds in the limelight as college sensations in an interview on Cleveland Browns Daily.

Regarding Kizer, Quinn said “ultimately he displayed what you kind of expected from a rookie. There were some times where he really flashed and showed his ability and there were some times when he was inconsistent and made some mistakes.” Quinn added that ups and downs are to be expected for any rookie quarterback, but with Kizer “you wanted to see that growth just be more of a consistent approach going up.” Still, Quinn thinks the 22-year-old is extremely talented and has the chance to be a very good quarterback in the NFL.

Quinn’s top quarterback prospect in the 2018 Draft is 20-year-old Sam Darnold, who “when you look at his skill set and his game…he has all the tools. He can make all the throws, he’s got a strong enough arm, he’s pretty accurate and the thing I like about him is that he is able to fit balls into different sorts of windows that like you typically Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey  are going to have to do at the NFL level. He can extend plays … he’s big and he’s durable.” Quinn noted the former USC star will have to answer questions about his fumbles in college and address some decision-making issues. Quinn attributed about “six or seven of his 13 interceptions (in 2018) to poor decisions.” Darnold will not be throwing at the combine, as he continues to work on his mechanics and the mechanical change at this point in the game is something Quinn says he wouldn’t have done. Still, Quinn says Darnold is “the top overall prospect for the Cleveland Browns at the quarterback position.”

Quinn loves the way Josh Rosen throws the ball, but “the biggest concern is injury history and how durable he is … the biggest issue is that he has not been able to finish a season really healthy.” Quinn said Rosen is very tough and cited his performance against Texas A&M, when he repeatedly got up from big hits and went on to come through in the clutch. As for Rosen’s ability to come in and start right away, Quinn thinks “he is the most NFL-ready … he is smart, he has a high football IQ and you are not working on anything mechanically.” He is ready to come in and play, but Quinn notes there are questions “about his demeanor” that will be critical to Rosen during the interview process. Such things don’t bother Quinn, but attitude and durability are the two things Rosen will hope to put to bed at the combine.

As for Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Quinn said there’s “no doubt” he can be successful in the NFL. “You might need a little more of an offense that caters to his skill set, probably one because of his height will be centered around shotgun, not so much under center, probably one that allows him to move and get around the pocket a little bit and get him out in space. That’s where he’s so special.” Quinn has some concerns about Mayfield’s performance in the National Semifinal against a Mel Tucker-led Georgia defense that featured tight, man-to-man coverage and exotic pressure schemes. In that game, Quinn saw a Mayfield “who wasn’t as accurate and struggled a little bit, so (I’m) kind of curious to see how that game will translate versus the Big 12, where the windows are a lot bigger.” As for his competitiveness, Quinn “has no issues with how he handles himself,” but added that “off the field, I think he has a little bit of growing up to do and he can rectify a lot of those rumors and things swirling around in the interviews.” Quinn wanted be clear he does not compare Mayfield to Johnny Manziel in any way, but instead says Mayfield reminds him more of Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson.

As for judging how these young quarterbacks handle fame and the responsibility that comes with it, Quinn had an interesting and strong answer: “Look, if we can ask young men and women to go serve this country at 18, I think we can ask our quarterbacks and other players at the college football level to conduct themselves in the proper way.”

For Quinn, Josh Allen is a tough evaluation because “he played at a lower level and didn’t have a great team around him.” As far as traits go, Quinn sees a lot of promise in Allen: “No one has a stronger arm. He’s a rare combination of size and athletic ability.” However, Allen has his flaws, including inaccuracy, said Quinn, who wonders “can you fix some of the issues Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey  he has mechanically?” He has seen improvement, and while “the sky is the limit for (Allen) as far as his ability or what his ceiling is, he may be a little bit more of a project than some teams want to take on, especially if you’re drafting him in the first round.”

While Quinn thinks all of these prospects have upside and the ability to succeed in the NFL, it’s Darnold who “is the safest bet” of them all for the Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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Dorsey tabbed the former GM as a consultant at least through the 2018 draft

INDIANAPOLIS — Faced with what he described as a pivotal moment in franchise history, Browns general manager John Dorsey is gathering as much information as possible.

That’s why Dorsey tabbed Scot McCloughan last month as a consultant through at least the 2018 NFL Draft, something he publicly acknowledged Thursday at the league’s annual scouting combine.

“I have a lot of respect for Scot and his ability as a professional. He and I have known each other for a very long time,” Dorsey said. “There’s one thing that you can never forget — experience goes a long way in this business and he has unbelievable experience and he’s done a wonderful  Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale job of helping establish other franchises moving forward. I feel very lucky to have Scot come help us for a little while in the consulting realm.”

McCloughan — a two-time general manger with the 49ers and, most recently, the Redskins — is widely considered as one of the league’s top talent evaluators. He and Dorsey, whom the Browns hired to lead their front office in December, worked together in Green Bay under Packers general manager and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.

McCloughan, who started consulting for the Browns in January, joins a reshaped personnel group that Custom Angels Baseball Jersey  includes Dorsey, assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith.

Following the franchise’s first winless season, the Browns own the first- and fourth-overall picks in the draft and are positioned to address years’ worth of struggles at quarterback. McCl Custom Angels Jersey oughan is on record saying he’s a fan of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, describing the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner as the best quarterback in this year’s class.

Regardless if Dorsey agrees with that assessment, he’s keeping an open mind — and open ears — as he tries to help Cleveland overcome a tough two-year stretch that’s seen the Browns go 1-31.

“I’ve always said God created one mouth and two ears for a reason and I think my responsibility is to lis Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey ten, and there’s a lot of strong voices within that realm and not just that personnel realm, the coaching staff as well,” he said.

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Cleveland GM meets with reporters Thursday at NFL Combine

INDIANAPOLIS — John Dorsey didn’t feed into any of the assumptions about what the Browns plan to do with the No. 1 pick during his Thursday media session at the 2018 NFL Combine.

The Browns general manager said the Browns were willing to do “a lot of things” with the first pick in the draft, and that includes selecting someone other than a quarterback or even trading the pick.

“There’s a lot of things I can do at No. 1 and not just get a quarterback as well,” Dorsey said. “My door is wide open if somebody wants to come up and talk to me about a trade, I’m willing to trade. But also I’m going to do what’s best for this organization, and I will  Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey do that.

“Any good GM wants to field phone calls from all of his peers. Why wouldn’t I? That’s why I say, ‘Give me a call and see what’s up.’”

Dorsey has been in this position before, and he’s been known to keep those outside of his organization guessing about his plans up until they’re announced at the draft.

In his first season as general manager of the Chiefs, Dorsey’s big move was a trade one month before the draft to secure the quarterback position with veteran Alex Smith. He followed at the draft by taking Central Michigan left tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 pick.

In 2016, Dorsey didn’t use his first-round pick at all, as he traded down, acquired assets and snagged defensive lineman Chris Jones, who has played at a first-round level, in t Custom Angels Baseball Jersey he second round. And just last year, Dorsey pulled the biggest stunner in the first round when he executed a trade up from the bottom of the first round to No. 10 that landed Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Cleveland’s plans, Dorsey stressed repeatedly, are fluid. Every last second of every day leading up to the first round, which is set for April 26, will be utilized to make the best possible decision.

“Right now we’re early in the process,” Dorsey said. “We’re still  Custom Angels Jersey trying to finalize our preparation with the college draft. We’re here and we’re meeting with players. It’s early in the process.”

Dorsey said the team had already met with one of the top quarterbacks and planned to sit down with the rest by the end of the week. Over the course of the week, teams can meet with up to 60 players, 15 minutes at a time.

“There are a lot of good players in this draft with regards to (quarterback),” Dorsey said. “I can’t wait. Then I can’t wait to watch them compete on the field. If they don’t compe Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap te, we’ll go see them at their Pro Day.”

Next up are the players’ pro days at their respective schools. One of significant importance is USC’s, where top-rated quarterback Sam Darnold, who plans to bypass throwing drills Saturday at the combine, will throw for scouts for the first time.

Another fluid aspect is the team’s plans for the 30 in-facility visits it’s permitted to host with draft prospects. Dorsey said the team hasn’t finalized its list Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey , but the potential candidates have been pared down.

“As an organization, we understand this is a pivotal offseason for us,” Dorsey said. “We have really done our due diligenc Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey e laying out our plan, and I feel really good about that plan moving forward.”

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The Penn State RB is in the conversation to be the first overall pick

INDIANAPOLIS — Saquon Barkley would embrace the chance to play for the Browns — owners of the first and fourth overall picks in this year’s NFL Draft — and help Cleveland turn itself around following the franchise’s first winless season.

“That’s awesome. It’s something bigger than yourself if you go to a team like that,” Barkley said Thursday at the NFL’s annual scouting combine. “Obviously they’ve had some rough years but I think they’re a couple of pieces away.”

Of course, Barkley, who is considered by some to be the best player in this year’s class, could very well be one of those pieces. A three-year starter for the Nittany Lions, Barkley helped lead Penn State back to prominence after a long stretch of mediocrity and, in the process, emerged as one of college football’s most electrifying players.

As the Browns and the league’s 31 other teams gather in Indianapolis, they’ll train a careful eye on Barkley, whom NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah described as “one of the most dynamic running backs to enter the NFL in the last decade” and “could be an (elite) player at his position very early in his NFL career.” Because of that, Barkley is firmly in the conversation to be the No. 1 pick and the Browns — who’ve made clear their plans to address years of instability at quarterback — will do their due diligence.

“I think it still goes back to our process, what we think is best for our football team and where the player fits and what our needs are. I still think that’s part of it. Obviously he’s a tremendous football player, he’s had a tremendous career,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “And again, just like him and every player that’s here that we feel is worthy of that pick, that early pick, we’re going to dive into him and dig into him and make sure we understand them as well as we can and how would they fit to help us win here at the Cleveland Browns.”

Barkley would join a young offense that struggled to move the ball and put points on the board in 2017. But he sees a team that’s closer than some people might think.

“They do have a lot of young talent, they have a new offensive coordinator. They are a good team — if you look at the schedule, they’ve only won one game, but they were in a lot of games,” Barkley said. “You want to be part of something like that, it’s something bigger than yourself. It’s something that you can leave a legacy being Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  part of something like that.”

Barkley, who won the 2017 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, finished his final season in State College with 1,271 rushing yards, 632 receiving yards and 21 total touchdowns. What could further make him an intriguing prospect, however, is how he seems drawn to challenging situations.

Barkley’s desire to help turn around the Browns stems from a decision to commit to Penn State despite crippling NCAA sanctions and plenty of offers from some of the nation’s best programs. He paralleled that moment to the one he’s facing now in Indianapolis.

“Somebody mentioned the Browns earlier. You want to be part of something bigger than yourself,” he said.

“Even though we weren’t able to win a national championship, we were able to get a Big 10 championship and help get that thing turned around. That’s bigger than yourself. That’s something where you leave a legacy and people are going to talk about it for a long time.”

Barkley’s ready to do that in Cleveland or for whatever team ultimately drafts him in two months.

“Any team that wants to draft me and is blessing me with the opportunity to play  Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey for their franchise is a blessing for me,” he said. “You grow up as a little kid wanting to play in the NFL and you have the opportunity to, whether it’s the Browns or the Giants or whoever. I’m going to come in there with my head low and ready to work.”

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Draft analyst joined Cleveland Browns Daily on Wednesday

NFL Network draft analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah joined Cleveland Browns Daily from the combine and identified his Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap  top quarterback as well as the ideal draft haul for the Browns.

Jeremiah said this should be an exciting draft for Cleveland, given that the team owns two picks in the first round, three in the second and the first pick of the third round — six of the first 65 picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The key for the Browns, Jeremiah and most draft experts agree, is getting the quarterback pick right. If he were Browns general manager John Dorsey with the No. 1 pick, Jeremiah said, “I’m taking the quarterback I feel most confident in, and to me that’s Sam Darnold from USC. He’d be my first pick … I think he is going to start for a long time and you can win a bunch of games with him.”

When asked to grade Darnold among all of the draft-eligible quarterbacks of the last three years, Jeremiah said, “I gave him the same grade that I gave Carson Wentz, so he would be tied at the top for me. He is as good as any of the quarterbacks in the last three drafts Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey .”

As for the ideal roadmap for the Browns in this draft over their first three picks, Jer Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale emiah had an interesting take that did not include his top overall prospect, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. After taking Darnold at No. 1, Jeremiah said, “Minkah Fitzpatrick is pretty darn attractive to me to get a blue chip playmaker on the back end to kind of supplement what you got with Myles Garrett, last year’s No. 1.”

To explain why he would take Fitzpatrick over Barkley, Jeremiah offered a peek behind the curtain into the discussions that will happen in NFL Draft rooms.

“It’s all about scarcity, right, I mean that’s kind of the theory that several teams are operating on. Let’s look at who we can get as a package, so when you say, ‘we can get Sam Darnold and then if we wanted to take Minkah … we can get Sam Darnold, Minkah Fitzpatrick and then a running back at pick 33 who is still going to be a really good player. It could be Sony Michel, it could be Ronald Jones, it could be Derrius Guice. Those guys ar Custom Angels Jersey en’t Saquon Barkley, but they are really, really good. Then you look at what the drop-off is from Fitzpatrick to somebody in the secondary, and while I think some good players will be there (at 33), I think the corners will run, they’re gonna be gone … all of the top corners and the safety group is good, not great. So, I think when you look at it collectively, that collection (of players) might be better with Fitzpatrick over Barkley even though I think Barkley is the better football player.”

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INDIANAPOLIS — Quick-hitting the hottest topics from Browns general manager John Dorsey’s Thursday afternoon with reporters from the 2018 NFL Comb Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness ine…

1. Dorsey didn’t tip his hand one bit with what the Browns plan to do with the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the draft, and he even left open the possibility of a trade.

With a little less than two months until the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Dorsey stressed it’s early enough in the process to truly claim everything is still on the table.

“There is a lot of things that I could do at No. 1,” Dorsey said. “Not just get a quarterback as well. My door is wide open. If someone wants to come up to me and talk about a trade, I’m willing to trade, but also I’m going to do what is best for this organization and I will do that.”

2. Dorsey echoed Hue Jackson’s comments from Wednesday about the future of left tackle Joe Thomas and stressed the team would be looking to upgrade the position no matter what the future Hall of Famer decides about his future.

Dorsey joked Thomas, 33, is “no spring chicken,” and there’s always a need for young offensive linemen on NFL rosters.

“I have greatly admired Joe from his playing days at Wisconsin all the way up to the Cleveland Browns. I mean, everybody in his right mind knows how talented he is,” Dorsey said. “I think with that said, he deserves a little bit of respect. You know what, when it comes time for the proper decision, he will make it.”

3. The Browns are permitted to interview 60 players during their week in Indianapolis. Maximizing that time is crucial, as the sessions last just 15 minutes.

Dorsey explained his approach during an interview Thursday on Cleveland Browns Daily. It’s all about making the player feel comfortable.

“The guys who are invited to the combine have gone away to different workout sites across the country and they have been prepared and they have been prepped up on how to interview. They will sit down and do mock interviews,” Dorsey said. “So, what you want to do is you kind of want to break it down to like a locker room setting and get them to kind of relax. They are not going to be very relaxed, but at the end of the day, do they love the game of football? Are they competitive guys? How much intellectual depth do they have? Are they good people? At the end of the day, would you want them?

“I think it is just one piece of it because not only is that important, but then the position coaches will sit down with certain position players here at the combine and kind of get to know them. Then, the more information you begin to gather, then you will be able to create a summary upon that particular player.”

4. Though the majority of speculation about the Browns has centered on the quarterback class, Dorsey stressed he was encouraged by what he saw from DeShone Kizer during his rookie season.

Dorsey also believes the future is bright for the former second-ro Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 und pick, who started 15 games and had arguably his best performance of the year in Cleveland’s season finale at Pittsburgh.

“What I thought was really nice was how much he improved week in and week out,” Dorsey said. “I have always told you guys that I think a young quarterback from year one, going from his rookie year, to year two, he makes exponential improvement moving forward, and I would expect nothing less from him.

“This offseason, I can’t wait to see him come back in OTAs because I think he is going to make exponential strides. That is the competiti ve nature that you want. You want to be able to have those guys develop and fit into a role and see what it happens.”

5. Asked to rank the most important positions on the field correlated with winning, Dorsey started with quarterback and rattled off four more — pass rusher, cornerback, left tackle and wide receiver — that are directly related to the passing game.

“The game has evolved so much, not only vertically, but it also spread you out horizontally, too,” Dorsey said. “It opens up different options for offensive coordinators to do. Then, when you have the (run-pass options) in place as well, that changes the whole dynamics of this.”

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John Dorsey: ‘I think this is a really good draft for running backs

INDIANAPOLIS — In the coming days, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley will almost certainly reaffirm the belief he’s the best running back in this year’s NFL Draft class. He began that process Thursday in a news conference with reporters at the league’s annual scouting combine and, shortly thereafter, posted a whopping 29 reps on the bench press.

The other dynamic becoming clear in Indianapolis is the overall depth of this year’s group of running backs and, more importantly, how the Browns could add a talented runner not named Barkley later in the draft.

Browns general manager John Dorsey said as much Thursday in a news conference while also stressing Cleveland won’t rule out a player of Barkley’s caliber because of more pressing needs at quarterback and other positions.

“I think this is a really good draft for running backs. I think there are some really talented running backs in this thing,” Dorsey said.

“That’s not to say whoever the first running back taken can’t be a franchise difference-maker. That’s how you have to look at these things as well. I mean, if you look back at (former Bears running back) Gale Sayers. What was Gale Sayers picked back in the day? He was picked up really early and he was a difference-maker. It’s a case-by-case study.”

Dorsey and the Browns will take that all into account this week in Indianapolis and over the course of the next two months. Though Cleveland — owners of the first and fourth overall picks — could use one of those selections to pick up the dynamic Barkley, they’ll take careful inventory of players at the position including Georgia’s Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, LSU’s D Bart Starr Jersey errius Guice, USC’s Ronald Jones, Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson and San Diego State’s Rashad Penny, who are all projected to be Day 1 or Day 2 draft picks.

The speedy Michel ran for 3,613 yards in four years at Georgia despite splitting carries with Chubb, who amassed 4,769 yards and 44 touchdowns in that same span. Guice is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at LSU, while Jones ran for 1,515 yards and 19 touchdowns in his final season at USC. Penny ran for 2,248 yards and 19 scores last year at SDSU and turned heads at the Senior Bowl back in January.

“There’s a lot of great running backs in this draft, and I’m glad I was able to be a part of this class because it’s all about going out there  Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness and competing,” said Penny, who’s believed to be a second- or third-round pick, “and I think that’s the most important thing that a lot of guys see as well.”

“I want to prove my worth to the teams,” Jones added. “Just looking forward to compete.”

“Coaches I’ve talked to have told me, ‘It doesn’t matter where you get drafted. Where you get, you gotta work hard and work your tail off,’” Chubb said. “A lot of free agents have got a lot of playing time because they work harder than any other guys.”

After watching Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (No. 4 overall in 2016) and Jacksonville’s Leonard Fournette (No. 4 overall in 2017) make an immediate impact, some teams across the league Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green  might jockey for position to select Barkley, who’s been described as a game-changing type of player. At the same time, the Chiefs saw third-round pick Kareem Hunt lead the NFL in rushing as a rookie and New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara — another third-round pick — was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Browns will take that recent history in account as they size up Barkley and his draft mates in Indianapolis. 

“There’s no question that Barkley is a tremendous football player. If we make a decision that he is best for us, then great,” head coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday. “If we don’t, I’m sure there’s going to be another runner at some other time that we can put on our team that can have an impact for us.”