Jim Brown is Cleveland Browns football. As the greatest running back in the history of the game, he knows a thing or two about having success on an NFL field.
Brown starred for his original Cleveland franchise from 1957-1965, earning nine Pro Bowl trips and leading the Browns to their last championship back in 1964. During that span, he led the league in rushing eight times.
When Brown talks all things football, we listen.
In speaking to TMZ Sports recently, the Hall of Famer indicated that his Browns should take former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley No. 1 overall in this week’s NFL Draft.
“I think Mr. Barkley would be a wonderful addition to the Cleveland Browns,” Brown said. “I would hope that they pick him number one.”
There was speculation earlier in the offseason that Cleveland was considering Barkley with the first pick. That has since died down, with the team likely looking at quarterback with that selection.
There’s little arguing what Barkley brings to the table. He recorded north of 5,000 total yards in three seasons at Penn State. Even then, there’s a chance he falls to the Browns with their second first-round pick (fourth overall). It’s in this that Cleveland will go quarterback No. 1 and see what’s available to the team at four.