NFL Draft Rumors: Bengals, Ragnow, Browns

It increasingly sounds like Arkansas center/guard Frank Ragnow has a good chance to be drafted in Round 1, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com hears. The Bengals got a last minute meeting in with Ragnow and it’s possible that they could consider him with the No. 21 overall pick. Pelissero wonders if we could be in for a run on interior linemen towards the back of the first round, with guys like Ragnow, Iowa center James Daniels, Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn and Ohio State center Billy Price (despite his partially torn pec) coming off of the board sooner than expected.

Those guys are just safe. They’re steady. The bust factor is very low on those guys,” an AFC executive said. “Maybe they’re not the sexiest picks, but worst-case scenario, you’re going to end up with a solid player who can step in and contribute pretty early.”

Here’s the latest NFL Draft buzz:

  • Most people believe the Browns are zeroed in on a quarterback, but GM John Dorsey isn’t publicly ruling out Penn State running back Saquon Barkley at No. 1 overall (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Of course, draft season is full of smokescreens, so we shouldn’t necessarily take Dorsey’s comments at face value. In all likelihood, the Browns will be selecting their QB of the future with the top pick while considering other players at No. 4.
  • Draft visits are officially over, but the Seahawks are still doing their homework. On Thursday night, they’ll dine with Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea, Rapoport tweets. The Seahawks pick at No. 18, so they may have to trade up if they want him. It will be interesting to see if they go in that direction since they have opted to trade down in recent drafts.
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13 comments on “NFL Draft Rumors: Bengals, Ragnow, Browns

  1. partyatnapolis

    nfl draft rumors: brows

    who’s brows we talkin bout?

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  2. sufferfortribe
    sufferfortribe

    Browns will draft Darnold……no, wait…..Allen…..no, wait…..Barkley…..no, wait…..Chubb…..no, wait…..ah, who cares anymore.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Browns are too terrified of having another Trent Richardson disaster to even consider Barkley.

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      • ohiodevil

        Richardson was decent with the Browns….and they got a 1st rounder for him….he flamed out after they traded him.

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  3. Z-A

    A run on interior lineman or lineman in general in this 1st round would be shocking. Lot of talent would be left on the board.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      And how did this guy get the idea that first round OL picks can’t be busts? Ereck Flowers hasn’t come close to being the player the Giants were expecting.

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        • kaehlaone

          Mandarich was a good guard for years. Only a bust if you consider spot he was drafted in but even then it’s a stretch

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          • cka2nd

            That was my memory, too, but Pro Football Reference lists him as playing only six seasons, total, and only the last, with 10 games, as a guard. I had completely forgotten that he lost four whole years in the middle of his career.

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  4. CowboysoldierFTW

    If I’m the Browns I take Barkley first and the best Qb left standing 4th. They will probably get Allen if they do.

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    • cka2nd

      Maybe the Browns should make a deal with the Steelers before the draft to select Josh Allen #1 and then trade him to the Steelers for Le’Veon Bell. Maybe throw in Carlos Hyde, too, or flip some mid- or late-round draft picks. Sitting behind Big Ben for two or three years would be the best scenario I could think of for Allen, and the Steelers could keep their own first round pick while avoiding any more sturm und drang with Brown over his contract. Of course, they would have to face Bell for at least two games in 2018, and maybe for several years after that.

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