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Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield: The Browns could be down to these two, sources say

Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield: The Browns could be down to these two, sources say
Published On: Wed, Apr 25
Dec 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) leaps over Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) while carrying the ball as Redskins defensive end Chris Baker (92) makes the tackle in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

A day before the draft, it could be down to Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield at No. 1 overall for the Browns, league sources tell cleveland.com.

The Browns have given strong consideration to all of the four top quarterbacks in the draft -- Allen, Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen -- but the choices seem to be narrowing to the cannon-armed passer from Wyoming and the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, the sources say.

Many experts still believe the Browns will draft Sam Darnold Thursday night, but sources say the Browns have cooled on the USC passer in recent days and that Allen and Mayfield have surpassed him.

92.3 The Fan's Dustin Fox, who's part of the Browns' in-house broadcast team, also reported last Friday he was told it was down to Allen and Mayfield, and Dan Patrick reported on Monday that an NFL scout told him the same thing.

One well-connected top-level NFL personnel executive has been insisting to cleveland.com since the Senior Bowl in January that Dorsey will take Allen. "You can take it to the bank,'' he said again this week.

But there's been a growing buzz in recent days that the Browns love Mayfield, despite his 6-0 height and maturity issues.

Browns GM John Dorsey has like Mayfield since studying him hard when the GM was out of work in the fall, and Browns draft consultant Scot McCloughan, who's been at Dorsey's side throughout the pre-draft process, is on record as saying that Mayfield would be his guy.

Word circulated at the Senior Bowl that McCloughan was strongly recommending Mayfield to Dorsey.

In an interview with the Doug Gottlieb Show on Fox Sports Radio in October, the former Redskins and 49ers general manager revealed that Mayfield was his top choice from this rich quarterback class -- and even compared him to Hall of Famer Brett Favre, with whom McCloughan spent six years in Green Bay.

"He reminds me of a shorter version of Brett Favre," McCloughan told Gottlieb."Tough guy. He can throw it. And he's very confident, and he's not afraid whatsoever, whatsoever. He's a battler. I know saying Brett Favre's a big name, and I was around him for a while, but this guy has talent."

In December, Dorsey told Sports Illustrated that he had already seen six of Mayfield's games this season.

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