The Cleveland Browns have the 1st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Having the 1st overall pick in the NFL Draft is not the first time that the Browns have been in this situation before. However, under previous regimes, the Browns have not found the player that can help take this franchise to the next since they selected tackle Joe Thomas 3rd overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. Today, Gridiron Fanatic list three possible outcomes of what the Browns might do in the 2017 NFL Draft.
1. Draft a Quarterback
You have heard the saying before, that the “NFL is a quarterback-driven league.” That statement is somewhat true, but do you need a so-called “elite quarterback” to become a Super Bowl contender in today’s NFL?
In my opinion, you need a signal caller that is competent enough to successfully run the scheme that your head coach is trying to employ on offense. In this year’s draft, two quarterbacks are trending up on numerous draft boards are Deshaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky. Both quarterbacks present their set of limitations that could allow them to fall in this year’s draft.
Something that the Head Coach Hugh Jackson and General Manager Sashi Brown need to take into consideration if they decide to select a quarterback in this year’s draft is whether any of these quarterbacks have the arm strength to throw the football down the field in the harsh weather conditions at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. The Browns front office better choose wisely if they decide to go the quarterback route with the first pick in this year’s draft.
2. Address the Defensive Side of the Football
Similar to last year’s draft. Pass rushers are needed heavily to deal with mobile quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton. Two players that come to mind in this year’s draft are Miles Garrett and Jonathan Allen. Both individuals were impact players for their perspective football teams in 2016.
If the Browns had to select either Allen or Garrett, their defense would improve significantly, especially after resigning Jamie Collins to a new four-year contract to remain with the organization after being traded from the Patriots last season. The comment that “you cannot have enough pass rushers” is an accurate statement.
3. Trade the No.1 Overall Pick and Move Down in the Draft
In 2016, the Browns had an opportunity to select quarterback Carson Wentz out of the University of North Dakota with the 2nd pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. However, the Browns decided to trade the selection to the Philadelphia Eagles. In return, the Browns received five draft picks from the Eagles in which they used to select players at other skilled positions. Could the Browns front office be headed down that road again?
Is there a quarterback that Hugh Jackson has his eyes on and that he knows will not be selected in the first round of this year’s draft? Whatever Coach Jackson and the rest of the Browns front office decide to do in this year’s draft, will have the full attention of Browns fans nationwide.
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