With the results in from last week, and Thursday Night’s game tomorrow night, we look at the updated draft order and what it means for our Browns. First below you will find the updated draft order from CBS Sports.
|2||St. Louis Rams (WAS)||3||10||0.544|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||9||0.562|
|12||St. Louis Rams||5||8||0.533|
|13||New York Giants||5||8||0.533|
|14||New York Jets||6||7||0.485|
|15||San Diego Chargers||6||7||0.491|
|16||Green Bay Packers||6||6||1||0.450|
|24||Cleveland Browns (IND)||8||5||0.509|
|27||San Francisco 49ers||9||4||0.518|
|28||Kansas City Cheifs||10||3||0.438|
|29||New England Patriots||10||3||0.473|
|30||New Orleans Saints||10||3||0.521|
For the Browns, with the Colts making the playoffs, their second 1st round pick won’t be decided till the results of the playoffs. The sooner that the Colts lose the better off for the Browns. Browns fans should still root against the Colts as the teams who lose in the same round as the Colts will then be compared based on overall record.
Since Strength of Schedule incorporates so many teams we will not analyze that here, instead focusing clearly on records and the teams drafting before the Browns. The Falcons and Redskins play each other this week, and barring something highly unlikely (like a tie), one will have another win bringing them to 4 – 10, the other dropping to 4 – 11. The Vikings play NFC East leader Philadelphia Eagles in a tough game but this week may be the most winnable game on their remaining schedule. The Jaguars play the Bills which will move one of them to 5 wins as well. The Raiders play the tough, Wild Card leading Kansas City Chiefs with the Raiders most winnable game the following week against the Chargers, unless the Broncos sit their stars in Week 17.
With a loss this week, to the thriving Chicago Bears and reasonable expectations of the above games the Browns will be drafting at least 5th at the end of this week. With a little luck the Browns could be drafting 3rd with 2 weeks to go. With a little, lot, of luck and Browns losses the Browns could be looking at the #2 draft spot in the upcoming draft. The #1 pick seems sowed up by the Texans unless they rally around interim coach Wade Phillips. The #2 pick most likely means the Browns won’t need to use other assets to move up for the player they want. In fact its possible they are willing to move down from that position, similar to the St. Louis Rams trading down with the Redskins for RG3. Gathering assets could be huge for a team, as SI said in their recent Power Rankings:
Why is Cleveland up five spots after a brutal loss to the Patriots? Because this is a 7-9 or 8-8 team trapped in the Browns’ uniforms.