Next week, the NFL Draft finally arrives. Undoubtedly, this will creative a tremendous void in the programming of Cleveland sports talk shows, who will no longer be able to discuss the merits and problems involved if the Browns pick Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, or Ryan Tannehill.
There will be no more talk about trading down for more picks, or trading up to get yet another marquee talent.
To be sure, after the football draft, the discussion will shift to what the Cavaliers will do in late June in the NBA Draft.
With two picks in the first round, basketball fans in northern Ohio will alternately swoon or be irritated with the possibilities of getting Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Brandon Beal, Andre Drummond, or Jeremy Lamb.
WKNR’s Greg Brinda once said the draft is like the Super Bowl for Cleveland sports fans.
That’s fine for now. The Browns season doesn’t start for another five months, and the Cavs have just six games remaining before their campaign ends.
After the wine and gold make their pick in June, there should be more talk about draft picks. It’s time for both teams to start winning and start making considerable progress right now!
For the Browns, it is ridiculous to contemplate another top ten draft pick in 2013. After all, in the last several years, Cleveland has had the opportunity to pick in the top ten four consecutive times.
Twice, they’ve traded the choice. Last year, of course, dealing with Atlanta, who drafted WR Julio Jones in the 6th spot, and in 2009, when they made a deal with the Jets, who selected Mark Sanchez.
It has been four seasons since the last time the Browns were over the .500, which was when Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage led the team to a 10-6 record.
Mike Holmgren has already gone on record as saying improving to 6-10 in 2012 is not acceptable, so his football organization has to make a large turnaround to get close to being an 8-8 squad, one that is poised to make a playoff run in 2013.
So, no more talk from Browns’ fans about picking USC QB Matt Barkley with the #1 pick in next April’s draft. It’s time to start taking steps, and giant ones at that toward not just respectability, but the NFL post-season.
The same is true for the Cavaliers, although the discussion is not as loud among their fans, it comes more from the media, who hope the wine and gold lose, and take joy in every defeat. Games like last night’s in Detroit, doesn’t do the franchise any benefit, no matter if it improves the draft position.
GM Chris Grant will likely have a top five choice come late June, which will give him three picks in the first five the last two drafts combined. He his a home run with the probable rookie of the year in PG Kyrie Irving, and he picked a solid power forward in Tristan Thompson.
It says here he needs to get a big time scorer in the top of this year’s draft.
The Cavaliers have already surpassed last year’s total of 19 wins in a lockout shortened season, so they have made progress.
However, next year, they better be in the mix for a playoff spot, especially since they play in the Eastern Conference, where a .500 record puts you in contention.
There has to be significant progress made during the next 12-14 months. Since there are only 15 players on an NBA roster, getting a premier player is a huge step for a team, and getting Irving accomplishes that.
The fans of Cleveland sports teams love to discuss the future of the Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers. That’s great. However, a year from now, we better be talking about the present. It’s time to stop pining for what may be and start winning.