As a Browns fan this is the most exciting week and the most dreadful week of the year. The feelings I have during draft week is what I imagine Chiefs fans have going into the playoffs. The Chiefs are usually in a good position to make a Super Bowl run but in no way do you actually think the Chiefs can make the Super Bowl. The combination of Alex Smith and Super bowl go as well as Ketchup on steak.
Draft week brings excitement, it brings hope that maybe the Browns will put together a draft that will finally turn things around. It also brings nervousness and thoughts of the world exploding. No matter what the situation is the Browns always seem to screw it up. It is pathetic when the most successful draft the Browns have had in almost 20 years was a Kevin Costner movie.
To just give you an idea here is an example of a few of the Browns draft picks and what they could have drafted in recent years.
Browns drafted- Kellen Winslow. Could have drafted-Ben Roethlisberger.
Browns drafted- traded down to draft Phil Taylor. Could have drafted-Julio Jones.
Browns drafted – Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. Could have drafted-Derek Carr and Odell Beckham Jr.
Browns drafted- traded down to draft Corey Coleman. Could have drafted Carson Wentz.
Those were all just off the top of my head, I’m sure I could go back through each draft and pick out a guy who they should have taken over who they actually took.
Even the best draft pick the Browns have had since 1999 has a black eye on it. I’m talking about Joe Thomas. Don’t get me wrong I love Joe Thomas and he has been the best Left Tackle in the game since the day he came to the league. But it is worth mentioning that the Browns drafted him over Adrian Peterson. Whether anything would have changed is unknown but it is worth mentioning.
Now, lets talk about 2017. The Browns are LOADED with draft picks and also have more holes in their roster than any other NFL team. Like many drafts since 1999 the Browns are in a great position to get some impact players to help possibly turnaround this franchise.
When talking about the Browns struggles it seems to be a common theme of what position always gets brought up and that obviously is quarterback. The Browns have the number one overall pick and in almost any other year it would be a given to grab a QB at number one. Unfortunately, this QB draft class is very weak, there isn’t one stand out QB like Luck or Winston that all the scouts love.
This puts the Browns in a bind. Because the QB position is the most important position in football, but when there isn’t one worth drafting is it worth to reach?
The answer is HELL NO. The browns have so many holes to fill, unless the Browns pull off a trade for Aaron Rodgers the Browns are probably going to suck again next year.
What do the Browns do at number one?
The answer is easy. You take Myles Garrett 10 times out of 10. Garrett has been the top prospect since day one. His numbers at the combine and his pro day are off the charts. Also, with the Browns moving to a 4-3 defense this will possibly give the Browns an elite pass rusher which you could argue is the second most important position in football. With the switch of schemes you also put, last years 2nd round pick and the teams sack leader, Emanuel Ogbah back at his normal Defensive End position as oppose to him playing Outside Linebacker like he did this past season. You give new Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams a pass rusher like Garrett this team may be able to win three maybe even four games with that move alone.
Because the Browns punted on Carson Wentz at last years draft the Browns get their 12th pick. If the Browns do not try to reinvent the wheel and draft Garrett at one, the stress beers will be flowing for me personally and all of Cleveland. Depending on what the teams do in-between then will determine what the Browns do at 12. From what it sounds like, the Browns hope is that Mitch Trubisky falls to them at 12. Through this draft process Trubisky has been linked to just about every team that needs a qb. If Trubisky falls past the 49ers, Bears, Jets, and even possibly the Jaguars and the Bills, I’m willing to bet the Browns will take Trubisky in a heartbeat.
Now, as we all know nothing for the Browns will come easy. I personally don’t think he falls past the Jets. This creates a tough decision for the Browns. Do you try to trade up to grab Trubisky? Or if Trubisky gets taken early do you trade up to grab Deshaun Watson? The Browns are absolutely loaded with draft picks for the next two years, so it is very do able to trade up and grab a QB.
Although, is it worth trading up to grab a QB?
The answer is NO.
Just like every Browns fan I am sick and tired of the Browns trotting out shitty QBs and I’m tired of celebrating 15 yard completions like they are touchdowns. The Browns have whiffed on every QB they have taken and reaching on a QB isn’t going to solve the problem. Like I said earlier the Browns need just about every position filled on their roster. This draft is loaded with talented defensive players. This draft could improve the Browns defense immensely, which was the worst in the league last year. At 12 the Browns could land Alabamas Rueben Foster, Ohio States Malik Hooker, or even the talented Tight End out of Alabama O.J. Howard.
Drafting two talented defensive prospects in the first round could speed up the process on the current rebuild. Reaching for a QB that isn’t necessarily a first round talent could possibly set the franchise back even more.
It is tough to stomach another year of QB uncertainty but you can’t control the quality of prospects each year. If you are the Browns all you can do is hope that Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold turn out to be stand out prospects and you are in position to draft them at next years draft.
After saying all of this, lets remember it is the Browns and no matter how easy it is they always seem to do something to make us jump off our couch (usually in a bad way).
As for what I think the Browns are actually going to do, I have zero idea and it sounds like no one knows what they will do but my prediction for all Browns fans is make sure the beer is cold and fasten your seat belts because Thursday night is going to be a WILD ride.