The Cleveland Browns have been the doormat of the NFL for over the past decade, but that is all about to change.
C’mon…admit it, you KNEW Cleveland was going to botch their first pick and take Mitch Trubisky over Myles Garrett, didn’t you? Yet there you were, nodding your head approvingly as Roger Goodell announced their selection. To follow it up they picked up an extra 1st round pick in 2018 and grabbed Safety Jabrill Peppers and traded up into the first round and grabbed what looks to be a freak in TE David Njoku.
Garrett, Peppers, and Njoku will all make an immediate impact from day 1. Sashi Brown is building a real football team folks.
— NFL Draft Center (@NFLdraftcenter) April 28, 2017
The last two drafts have been the most promising for the Browns in well over a decade, and they aren’t slowing down. The Browns are positioned to have 5 picks in the first 2 rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft, with 2 of those being in the 1st round.
Looking ahead, I really hope we can see Cody Kessler play a full 16 game schedule because he showed promise in his 8 starts, rarely turning the ball over. With what now appears to be one of the best offensive lines in football being fielded in Cleveland, that should help keep him healthy. If I was a betting man (which I am), Kessler and Brock Osweiler will be taking the lumps while GM Sashi Brown and Hue Jackson fill this team out over the next 2 years, before inserting 2nd round pick DeShone Kizer.
Everyone will be predicting them to nab one of the 1st round QB’s next year as it seems to be a much better class than this past group, but they will do their due diligence and take who they figure to be the best RB (Barkley/Guice) and best CB (Minkah Fitzpatrick?) in the 2018 NFL draft.
Now don’t confuse this as a proclamation of Cleveland being a playoff contender this year because they’re not…BUT, after being outscored by a combined 342 points in 28 losses the last two years, expect a competitive Cleveland team barring absurd injuries. It’s not crazy to think we will see Cleveland winning 4-5 games this year while this very young teams gels and figures out an identity. Add those 5 picks in the 1st & 2nd rounds next year with a veteran piece or two added through free agency, we could very well see a Cleveland Brown playoff team come 2018, only time will tell if I am crazy or not, but this surely looks to a promising rebuild. Sashi Brown is on to something.