One month from today, the NFL Draft will be history, and quite frankly, we can’t wait.
We also feel pretty confident that we will know who the Cleveland Browns are planning to start at quarterback, if not for the league opener, but at least in the not too distant future.
The biggest reason for this anticipated happiness is it will bring a close to the endless speculation as to who the Browns want at quarterback going forward. Heck, if the franchise ever got a very good passer, sports talk radio might come to an end.
Until then, we are sure that Hue Jackson will be asked about or linked to every living breathing QB in the continental United States. It’s just a matter of time before someone leaks on social media that Cleveland is trying to lure Joe Namath out of retirement.
And at least one sports reporter will go on the radio and pronounce they have a “good feeling” that Namath may be under center when the Browns open the season in September.
It borders on ridiculous.
By all accounts, the Browns will take pass rusher Myles Garrett with the first overall pick, filling a need the franchise has had for over 50 years. Hue Jackson has gone on record as saying they will not trade out of the pick, so they are doing the smart thing here.
Again, we have always said if you have the first pick in the draft, then you take the best player. Garrett is the consensus best player available on April 27th.
Now, it gets interesting. We feel the Browns are looking for a QB, so they have to gauge if any team between #2 and #11 want one too. The Jets could be worrisome, but we feel they are in the same mode Cleveland was in last year. They want the first pick next year, so they may stay with old favorite Josh McCown and another veteran to get through 2017.
The one argument that drives us crazy is passing on a quarterback this year and putting your eggs into next year’s basket.
First off, the Browns probably aren’t going 1-15 again, the young players will get better, so at the minimum you are looking at a four win season, although we think it could be five or six victories.
With four wins, you aren’t going to have the first pick in the 2018 draft. For the sake of argument, let’s say the Jets plan works and they are in the Browns’ shoes a year from now.
Do you really think the Jets are going to trade with the Browns, so Cleveland can draft Sam Darnold from USC? Of course not, so at best you will be getting the second best quarterback in the draft.
Your whole plan would revolve around a team who already has a QB getting the first overall pick so they would be willing to trade with the Browns. That’s kind of like eating a wish sandwich, isn’t it?
It appears likely that the best quarterback this year will be available in the #5-#12 pick range. If the Browns really love one of the guys available this year (Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, or Patrick Mahomes), they can trade up IF they don’t think they will fall to them.
In our opinion, since you are getting Garrett at #1, you can afford to take a small gamble with the second first round pick.
Anyway, in a month, all of the speculation will be done. The crazy season will be over.
And then we can focus on the Cavs’ playoff run and the Indians trying to get back to the World Series.