After all the rumors about the Browns taking local favorite Mitchell Trubisky with the first overall pick, common sense took over and they selected pass rusher Myles Garrett with Texas A & M with the choice.
Garrett was at the top of most analysts draft boards, so Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta didn’t overthink it, they took the best player available, which you should if you have the first pick in the draft.
As we have written before, we have followed the Browns for over 50 years, and they’ve never had a dominant pass rusher. Hopefully, they filled that need today.
As for possible scenarios talked about during the day of the draft, that is trading up from #12 for Trubisky, those plans were thwarted when the Bears moved up to #2 to take the Mentor native.
There were several potentially good players waiting with the Browns’ second first round choice, but instead of taking Ohio State S Malik Hooker or Deshaun Watson, they traded with Houston, who did take the Clemson QB.
In return, Cleveland picked up another first round pick in 2018 and received the Texans’ 25th selection this year.
This gives the Browns five picks in the first two rounds next year, and infuriated fans who wanted the team to take somebody, anybody.
When they finally picked at #25, they took versatile defender Jabrill Peppers from Michigan.
We would have to classify this as new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ new toy, as we would bet he will primarily be a strong safety, but he can be used near the line of scrimmage too, and also fills a need as a punt returner.
The best thing we can say about Peppers is he’s a football player. He can be used all over the place, and he played at a big time program which this regime likes.
There was one more move to be made when Cleveland moved back into the first round to take the 29th pick to take Miami TE David Njoku, another freaky athlete.
Our guess is it will not be long before Gary Barnidge is let go by the Browns, as he is over 30 years old, and this front office doesn’t seem to want anyone of that ilk besides Joe Thomas.
What do all of these picks have in common? They are phenomenal athletes. If you watched the NFL Combine, you saw what Garrett can do. He’s got speed, power, and great leaping ability.
Peppers played some tailback at Michigan as well as his defensive duties, and at the combine, did drills with the linebackers and the secondary players.
Njoku is considered a rare athlete, with speed agility and explosiveness. He’s only 20 years old, so he can get bigger as he matures.
As for the quarterback, remember that the draft did not end last night. There are still six rounds to go and the Browns have a lot of picks.
Second, even if Cleveland would have drafted a QB last night, we would have started Cody Kessler at the beginning of the season anyway. And if they draft a guy today, there is no pressure to start him right away.
If you are one of the quarterback obsessed, we understand you are not happy with the what happened last night in regards to the Cleveland Browns.
However, if you are about adding talent to a football team that needs it, you are happy today. The Browns have helped their defense, and whoever the starting quarterback will be in 2017.