NFL Draft 2018 live picks, updates

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This year's NFL draft is deep in the teams that are most valuable – quarterback – but one thing is missing: a consensus top pick.

Quarterbacks are expected to complete four of the six best choices when teams start to pick at 10.00 AEST in Dallas, but none of the mock drafts seem to put them in the same order.

USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Louisville's Lamar Jackson are walking the number one to Cleveland Browns, who has done a masterful job of keeping their intentions hidden .

The Three Best Overall Views in the Pool – Penn State Runs Back Saquon Barkley, North Carolina State Defensive End Bradley Chubb and Notre Dame Guard Quenton Nelson – Will Probably Fall Lower Than Their Talents Deserve Due to The Need To Find A Franchise QB .

Allen is the subject of bombshell conspiracy

  Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. (Photo of Zach Bolinger / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. (Photo of Zach Bolinger / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Source: Getty Images

Josh Allen kickes his pre-draft festivities with an excuse tour.

After the racial insensitive tweets from his high school days went up online, the former Wyoming quarterback apologized, told ESPN that he was young and stupid.

The relevant offensive tweets, which have since been scrubbed from Allen's feed, were from 2012 and 2013. According to Yahoo Sports, Allen uses the N-word a number of times.

"I do not think you're going to have a restless son," Allen reportedly wrote in June 2012.

"Why are you so white?" – If it's not white, it's not true ! "The signal illuminated a year later.

Allen said that tweets did not reflect his character. "If I could come back in time, I would never have done it in a heartbeat," said Allen. "At that time, of course, I did not know how harmful it was and has now become."

"I hope you know and others know that I'm not the kind of person I was at 14 and 15 that I tweeted so recklessly… I do not want it to be an impression of who I am because it's not me. I apologize for what I did.

"It sucks. My family hurts. We have never imagined a day or a night like this. "

Allen, 21, is expected to be among the top choices in the draft. Reports have shown that the quarterback-naughty Browns could choose him with the first overall choice – they have been cagey everywhere about their true intentions.

It is unclear whether his social media past will affect his draft stock. But it's unlikely that the play of the old tweets less than 24 hours before the draft is a case.

– New York Post

Barkley Best, But Not No. 1

  One Generation's Talent. (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri, File)

One Generation's Talent. (AP Photo / Rick Scuteri , file) Source: AP

Saquon Barkley is the beds tea play in this year's draft. Still, he may not be in the first handful of picking Thursday night. Huh?

Blame the desperation to find quarterbacks to a great extent for the possibility of Penn State All-America running back could fall far below where his talent, character and versatility tells.

How good is Barkley? Draft expert Gil Brandt says he is the best at the post since Adrian Peterson. Other scouts and general managers have compared Barkley with LaDainian Tomlinson. Last we looked, LT is in the Hall of Fame, and Peterson is sure to lead there.

"If you remember, there was some concern about Adrian's debts and he was not picked up to No. 7 (in 2007)", Brandt says, now a draft consultant for the league and analyst for SiriusXM Satellite Radio. "Look at him and he has everything you need to succeed: speed, speed, strength, a big person person, will pass protect. I'm selling at Barkley. I think Barkley will be a star in this league. "

So why can he close out the first half dozen or so?

Brandt cites the reflection to pass in NFL these days and notes that two For decades ago the teams ran 57 percent of the time and now it's changed. Plus, he notes, "Quarterbacks, they will probably record four of the top six in this draft."

Certain Browns appear at the top, Jets at No. 3 and Broncos at No. 5 will go quarterback route. The hunters could pull the trigger on a QB in No. 2.

There are also lots of conversations, with clubs like Miami, Buffalo and Arizona, eager to climb high enough to run in derby for Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen , Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield.

Browns is a good place; of course they had to go 0-16 last season to earn it. They also own the fourth option and can grab one of the three after taking a quarterback to start the procedure.

There is also the chance that a QB light will relieve a lot of choice to reach number 4, and Cleveland could still settle with Barkley, Chubb or Nelson if it's not too far.

– AP

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