His name sitting comfortably at the top of that list, Auston Matthews responded in a big way.
Now then, when Mara proclaimed Beckham is not untouchable did it pique some interest around the league this week at the annual NFL owners meetings? Sure it did. The Rams, The Post learned, did reach out to the Giants to check in about Beckham. These sort of preliminary conversations take place all the time. Will anything come of it with the Rams? No.
As another source said regarding serious interest the Giants garnered from teams at these meetings involving a Beckham trade: Zero, nada, zilch, a source said.
There was an NFL Network report early Monday morning that Beckham will not step foot on the field without a contract extension. That would not be enough for the Giants to suddenly do an about-face and start looking for takers for T. J. Leaf Jersey Beckham.
For so long, USC’s Sam Darnold was the presumed selection. In the past week, there have been rumblings Cleveland surprisingly may be down to Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield.
Increasingly, the belief around the league is the Browns are down to one.
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Mayfield is emerging and rocketing up the draft boards, many around the NFL believe. While Cleveland’s mouth has been predictably clamped, ESPN cited a mounting belief from head coaches and general managers who believe the brashest and shortest of the top quarterback crop will be tabbed.
From everything I hear it’s Baker Mayfield No. 1 for the Browns, an NFC GM told Bleacher Report.
Teams have every incentive to lie about their true intentions. A team such as the Jets, sitting at No. 3, may be enamored with Mayfield and decide to trade up to ensure it lands him 鈥?and the Browns could accept and get Darnold, whom they were linked to all along, as well as a host of additional picks.
Or, the interest could be genuine and Mayfield, who led FBS with a 70.5 completion percentage last year, could be the unexpected savior the Browns have long craved.
Limited Brandon Carlo Jersey Browns GM John Dorsey has said he will take the best available player at No. 1, which does not offer much insight. He has, in the past, offered support for Mayfield, saying the 6-footer can overcome his lack of measurables.