The Cleveland Browns were the talk of the sports world following the first day of the NFL Draft. They pilfered a 2015 First Round pick out of the Bills to move down 5 spots, got a cornerback that fit their system perfectly and then selected Johnny Manziel. Change the Narrative was in full effect. And then Josh Gordon‘s situation happened and the sports world reverted to the old narrative. So much so that ESPN’s post Draft NFL Power Rankings ranked the Cleveland Browns last:
Last Week: 28
Busy weekend for the Browns, picking up Justin Gilbert, Johnny Manziel and Buffalo’s first-round pick next year.
The Browns are given no respect in the rankings, even though the comments are all positive. The Browns have a quarterback returning that helped them win games last year, a revamped running back group (going from zero RBs to possibly 3 or 4 is a big step up) and a stellar and improved defense. Yet here we sit, with the same national narrative, one that Cleveland fans often propagate as well, that the Browns are laughing stocks of the league.
Ranked above the Browns are the Jaguars, a team who will start the same QB that last year led them to the #3 overall pick, and a number of other teams who have not addressed their glaring QB need with a long term solution. Is it fair to say that if the Browns had drafted almost any WR that this ranking would be much higher? Probably. If the Browns trade for Andre Johnson, sign Miles Austin or make another move at the receiver position its likely ESPN would be much higher on this young team. For now they sit at the bottom with nowhere to go but up.
Where do you think the Browns should be ranked?