We are another week closer to the 2018 NFL football season. The NFL is something of a year round sport these days where there is plenty to talk about even though the Hall of Fame game is still months away. Players being cut, free agents being signed, off-season workouts being skipped. And, of course, the main event. The NFL Draft.
Is there any day more optimistic than NFL draft day? Every team, stars in their eyes, addresses all of their needs with young, new talent. It’s a day of so full of hope. There are no busts. Just potential pro-bowlers and the missing pieces to the puzzle. The best day of the off-season. Well, it’s finally here. Let’s look at the biggest story out there. The Cleveland Browns.
Oddly enough, the biggest story out there is the Cleveland Browns. And how the Browns handle this first pick will trickle down and effect every team in the NFL. We have plenty of trade possibilities. We have five quarterbacks that will go in the first round. We have the best player in the draft maybe falling out of the top five. There is a lot going on here and it all depends on what the Browns do first. So, the big question is….
How are the Cleveland Browns going to Muck This Up
The Browns not only have the 1st overall pick, they also have the 4th overall pick. So, Cleveland has the opportunity to get two of the best four players in the draft but really the only question that should be asked is, “how are they going to muck this one up?” Well, no one really knows just how they are going to muck it up just yet. They are playing their cards offly close to their chest this year. No one is rooting against the Browns here. Hopefully, we are way past that. But, considering what we know of the Browns, one has to wonder.
Here’s what they should do but won’t.
Draft Saquon Barkley with the first pick. He’s just the running back from Penn State who happens to be the best player in the entire draft. This ensures they would get a building block starter. Something they’ve failed to do in decades despite more opportunities than most. Then, two picks later, you take one of the four great quarterback prospects remaining on the board. Between Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, and Josh Allen, the Browns would be guaranteed to get one of them. WHAT MORE COULD THEY WANT?!
Here’s what they shouldn’t do but will.
Take the QB they like (whoever that is and it really doesn’t matter) first. The Browns have been so completely inept at drafting quarterbacks taking “their guy” is a bad move. That also leaves Barkley for the Giants who won’t let him go because, again, Barkley is the best player in the draft. So, at four, the Browns take the Bradley Chubb, defensive end from N.C. State. Chubb is a good pass rusher and a good pick. However, the Browns have other pass rushers, they don’t have other Saquon Barkleys…
Here’s what they still may do but why?
They take the QB they like (again, big mistake) first. Then trade the fourth pick to a team trying to grab one of the quarterbacks. Not a bad move really. That fourth pick should be worth a few good players and/or a few good picks. Both of which the Browns can definitely use. However, in this day and age of the NFL, you need to get as good as you can as soon as you can. The window for NFL success is small. The point is the Browns have picks one and four. USE THEM. What is your end game if it isn’t to get the 1st and 4th pick?
Here’s something weird they should consider but won’t.
Trade the first pick. Get an even bigger haul than they would have received for the fourth pick. And then grab a quarterback at the four spot. Does it make sense? No. Is it a smart play? Not really. However, if you are going to trade a top four pick in the draft. Get all you can for it. If you are trying to receive as many assets as you can in picks and players, there’s nothing better than the 1st pick overall. Even the Browns should know that…