Browns general manager keeping draft plans private


Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks for an open receiver against 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)

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BEREA, Ohio— Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey is keeping his plans with the No. 1 pick private.

Dorsey didn’t reveal much on Thursday during a news conference in advance of next week’s NFL draft. Cleveland has spent nearly two decades in search of a franchise quarterback. The team is expected to select a QB with the first choice.

Southern Cal’s Sam Darnold is believed to be Cleveland’s preferred choice in a strong QB class that includes Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.

Dorsey said he’s keeping all his options open and that he would consider taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley first because “the guy’s a really good football player. You can’t have enough good football players.”

The Browns also have the No. 4 pick. Dorsey says he’s received some interest from teams looking to make a trade.

FOX 8 will have live coverage of Round 1 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on April 26, and Rounds 2 and 3 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 27.

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