If the Browns do go with that plan, Barkley would become the first running back to go No. 1 overall since the Cincinnati Bengals selected another Penn State alum, Ki-Jana Carter, with the top pick in 1995.
He gives the Buffalo Bills Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes at No. 21 and Iowa center James Daniels at No. 22.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, on the other hand, has been all over the map, with some analysts projecting him as a top-five pick, while others wonder if he's too much of a project to warrant a first-round selection.
This mock draft by Bleacher Report has Settle going with pick No. 32 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
"He's got the best arm of anyone in this draft, " Kiper said on his pre-NFL Scouting Combine conference call Wednesday.
Kiper dismisses Allen's low completion percentage by saying he lost key components of his supporting cast, but that could prove to be a major sticking point as far as the Browns are concerned. Jackson allowed just a 41.3-completion rate when targeted last season. If he had those easy throws, those laypus, he'd have been at 60 percent. Hubbard is nowhere to be found in Kiper's first round this time around and he has the Lions addressing a need on the other side of the ball instead.
Baker is likely a Day 2 pick and could help the Colts but some also question his toughness and grit as a linebacker.
However, Kiper's projection could see a significant change once free agency rolls around. The Patriots also need a pass-rusher, and Boston College's Harold Landry or Georgia's Lorenzo Carter could be in consideration.
"He can play any of the linebacker positions in Jim Schwartz's defense".
He views NC State's Bradley Chubb as the clear No. 1 end in this class. Kiper already has gone on record saying Barkley is the best player in the draft.
"That would be a risky move", Kiper said of a Colts trade-out. And then you have (Derrick) Henry, and a nice complement to Henry would be Ronald Jones II. "There's a huge dropoff back to Marcus Davenport from Texas-San Antonio, and after that there's a big dropoff". He suffered a hamstring injury at the first Senior Bowl practice but should be fine to work out at the combine.