NFL Draft Rumors: Patriots Interested In Lamar Jackson, Browns Leaning Josh Allen First Overall, And Saquon Barkley Not Visiting Cleveland

The NFL Draft rumors continue to grow now that the 2018 NFL Draft is two weeks away. Some of the most popular questions around the draft are who will the Cleveland Browns draft first overall, will Penn State running back Saquon Barkley go to Cleveland, and what team will Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson land on? Here are the latest NFL Draft rumors you need to know:

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Patriots Interested In Lamar Jackson?
Lamar Jackson has drawn comparisons to Michael Vick and for good reason. Jackson carried the Cardinals, lighting up the stat sheet and winning a Heisman Trophy in 2017. His college production has several NFL teams, but according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman,  "the Patriots are the team most interested" in Jackson.

New England traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Fransisco 49ers and Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts last season, stripping them of any depth. In essence, New England went from having two solid backups to having an old veteran in Brian Hoyer. Drafting a young and talented quarterback that can learn from Brady will benefit this team down the road and could be why they acquired another first-round pick. If they trade up, it could be to draft Jackson.

Josh Allen Will Be The First Overall Pick?
Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen is one of the most divisive prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Allen has drawn a considerable amount of hype and buzz, despite not putting strong numbers in college.'s Mary Kay Cabot reports, that "people familiar with the Browns' thinking" expect them to take Josh Allen with the first-overall pick.

"Just in talking to people around the league. It really picked up in the last week. A lot of people telling me, 'Hey, I think it's going to be Josh Allen.' It's either guys that have worked with John Dorsey or guys that are familiar with that room."

Allen has all the physical tools (size, arm, athleticism), but they're very raw. He's had some consistency and decision-making issues at Wyoming, but it appears the Browns are still leaning towards him first overall.

Saquon Barkley Not Visiting Browns?
Perhaps the most polarizing player in the 2018 NFL Draft is Barkley and it's been rumored that he could be going to the Browns since they have the first and fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

According to  Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns have no plans to meet with Barkley. The Browns signed former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde in the offseason, which could be their reason for not having Barkley as a visitor.

He is a multi-tooled runner with his catching ability matching his insane ability to break off long touchdown runs. One of the best open field runners to come out of the draft in the past decade, he will be expected to produce as an elite-level running back as soon as he steps onto an NFL field.

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