The day has finally arrived, the Cleveland Browns’ Super Bowl otherwise known as The NFL Draft.
Hopefully, the Browns brass will not disappoint us in this draft. Since they came back in 1999, we have endured bad free-agent transactions and even worse draft picks than some franchises will go thru in multiple decades.
The current front office is definitely unique and are big proponents of embracing analytics and using data to spot inefficiencies and make better, more informed decisions.
The Cleveland Browns are in ideal situation heading into the NFL draft. They have 11 picks this year, including two first rounders for the fifth time in franchise history. With that many picks, you would think it would be impossible not to come out of the draft with a promising future.
I will offer my mock drafts per day. Each day has its own distinct strategy and you need to prepare to look at any and all available options and every possible scenario.
The wait is over. Here is how Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft will unfold for the Browns.
The 2017 NFL Draft-Cleveland Browns Edition
1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, EDGE, Texas A&M
This is a no-brainer. Do not be cute and over think this pick. The Browns lack elite talent and Garrett will be an elite defensive player for years to come.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Jamal Adams, S LSU
New GM John Lynch knows safeties and he can’t help himself to select Adams, the most versatile pure safety in this draft class.
3. Chicago Bears: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
Thomas is a plug and play defensive end in both a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. He crushed it at the NFL Combine and will be a perfect complement to last year’s first rounder, Leonard Floyd.
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB LSU
This pairing seems too logical not to happen. His addition to the Jaguars will help QB Blake Bortles’ progress. New VP of Football Operations Tom Coughlin will bring back the old-school mentality and Fournette will help revitalize the offense like Ezekiel Elliot did for the Cowboys.
5. ***TRADE*** Cleveland Browns (trade with Titans): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
There are too many teams that could potentially select Trubisky for the Browns to chance sitting back and wait until pick No. 12, so the Browns trade their 12th and 52nd picks this year and 2018 second rounder with the Titans to assure that they get their QB. The Browns brass loves him. He has the size, athleticism and deep-ball accuracy that appeals to Coach Hue Jackson.
If the Cleveland Browns could pull off this dream scenario and fill the two most important positions in football, it would be a great philosophy. We still have a surplus of picks to use and target players that we want to stockpile the roster with talent on both sides of the ball.