The 1-15 Browns secure the first pick in the NFL Draft

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Jan 1, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam (left) talks with executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and head coach Hue Jackson before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

With the loss to the Pittsburgh B-team on Sunday, the Browns secured the number one pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Browns will have the first pick, followed by the 49ers, Bears, Jaguars and Titans closing out the top five.

The Browns also have the 12th pick in the first round, courtesy of the Eagles from last year’s pick swap that would ultimately end up giving the Eagles Carson Wentz (I’ll leave it to you to decide who got the better in that trade). This 12th pick does give the Browns a little more flexibility if they decide to trade away that number one pick for more picks later in the draft, a strategy they might utilize because there’s not that big name quarterback going in the top 10 this year.


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The trendy name being floated around is Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett, and there’s no doubt that the Browns could certainly use someone of his caliber if he can adjust well to playing at the pro level. That being said, having the 12th pick gives the Browns some more wiggle room, because they can trade away that one pick and forfeit the chance to pick up Garrett to possibly take some chances on more players. The logic there being that the Browns have so many holes all over the roster that maybe two or three younger players later in the draft may be worth having to pass on Myles Garrett.

The biggest hole in this Browns roster is obviously the quarterback, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that another year of watching RG III will probably lead me to stick rusty nails in both my eyes just to ease the pain. That being said, there’s not a whole lot of pro caliber quarterbacks in this draft that one can point to and say ‘that’s the guy I want leading my franchise for the next 10-15 years’. With Baker Mayfield staying for another year, DeShaun Watson is generally perceived to be the top quarterback in this draft class.

There’s also Tyrod Taylor, Tony Romo (though Romo is unlikely to come to Cleveland) and possibly Jimmy Garoppolo as the big names being floated around in the free agency/trade market.

The Browns have a lot of options coming into the 2017 season, but they also have a lot of holes to fill on their roster. This is a draft the Browns have to get right.

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  • GordonGekko

    CLEV sucks and will always suck

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