2017 Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Analysis

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Mock Draft Picks for the Cleveland Browns, Pick #1

 

NFL.com DJ Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
NFL.com BB Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
NFL.com LZ Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
NFL.com CR Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson Tigers
SI.com Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
Walter Football Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
Bleacher Report Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson Tigers
Newsday Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
Fox Sports Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
CBS Sports Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies
Consensus Myles Garrett, Outside Linebacker/Defensive End, Texas A&M Aggies 8/10

Cleveland Browns Needs

Quarterback, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, quality players in general.

Cleveland Browns Possible Outcomes

  • Myles Garrett makes a big impact and the Browns win six games.
  • Myles Garrett gets discouraged with the Cleveland Brown culture and mails it in and Browns go 3-13.
  • Deshaun Watson brings in the leadership required to usher in a winning culture for the Cleveland Browns.
  • Deshaun Watson suffers several injuries and never recovers from a traumatic rookie year.

Most Likely Outcomes for the Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns brought in Gregg Williams and have gone to a 4-3 defense. Just what a 1-15 team needs, an entirely different look on defense. Not that it can’t be done, but Hue Jackson seems to be trying to get fired. The move has some analysts confused as to what the Cleveland Browns are trying to accomplish. Remember this statement from a year ago?

Cleveland has to be thrilled to land him. He’ll be tasked with turning around an organization that suffered through a disappointing 3-13 campaign in 2015.” Bleacher Report.

Yeah, well, now, Cleveland, you just suffered through a 1-15 campaign. Regardless of how long Hue Jackson’s contract may, or may not be, it isn’t going to last long by changing defensive schemes. Especially, when you are counting on a rookie to be the catalyst.

They need someone to anchor the end of that 4-3. Myles Garrett has the ability to anchor that 4-3 defense.

Or, maybe he doesn’t. From NFL.com, “Never played in more than 70 percent of the defensive snaps in any of his three seasons at Texas A&M. Scouts are convinced he took plays off to protect his health this season.”

The same Myles Garrett that doesn’t want to play for you.

So, the Cleveland Browns are going to turn around a 1-15 team with a player that takes plays off? What the Browns need is a crazed maniac that lusts physical contact and plays to the whistle every play. A 1-15 locker room is no place for someone who takes plays off…under any condition.

Back to the 4-3 defense. I can see where Jackson is using the change to his benefit. The last thing the Browns need is another rookie quarterback. Oh, sure, they desperately need a quarterback, but again, a 1-15 locker room is a tough neighborhood for a rookie quarterback. And don’t bring in Jay Cutler either. What the Browns need behind center is a proven leader, not a project.

But, by changing the defense, Jackson has forced the issue, and not drafting a Deshaun Watson is now an easier sell to the General Manager, Sashi Brown, and Owner, Jimmy Haslam.

Jackson knows that drafting Watson isn’t going to put up wins immediately, and he needs to put up wins immediately.

A quarterback in the later rounds might be work. But build a line for him first. How does a fourth round quarterback become a rookie of the year? I’ll give you two guesses and they both have the title Pro Bowler.

The Cleveland Browns in 2017

The Browns increase their winning total by 200% and improve greatly to a 3-13 record. Yeah, the same 3-13 record that got Mike Pettine fired after two years. How ironic it would be to see the Cleveland Brown return to 3-13 and fire another coach after two years and ending up spinning their wheels for two years. And having a #1 overall pick that takes the occasional play off, at least until his free agency year, that is.

 

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