Let the games begin, Browns fans.
On Wednesday, two of the top ranked quarterbacks in college football, USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen, declared themselves eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Rosen made his announcement via Twitter:
Darnold used Instagram:
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Both signal-callers are near the top of virtually every draft board from national experts. Just about every mock draft so far has the Browns taking either Darnold or Rosen first overall. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and Wyoming QB Josh Allen have also been mentioned.
It's going to be very interesting to see how each player reacts under the microscope of scrutiny between now and April. For instance, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported last month that Rosen would prefer to play for the Giants instead of Cleveland and would seriously consider not coming out for the draft if the Browns committed to him.
So much for that.
Darnold had reportedly considered returning to USC if the Browns ended up with the first pick, something he denied last week at the Cotton Bowl. Darnold stated that he "would be honored to play for any team."
Fox Sports college football analyst and former USC QB Matt Leinart was asked by TMZ about Darnold's decision to come out for the draft. His answer: "I don't know if you wanna go to the Browns!"