Oct 3, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Zander Diamont (12) runs by Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) in the fourth quarter of their game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports
Bosa? No, Select Offense
The draft, it is the Achilles heel of the Browns since 1999. If a tally were taken of teams with the most busts drafted in the first round, Cleveland would have to be in the top five. Through countless regime changes, no one, present regime included, has gotten it right. There a few bright spots like left tackle Joe Thomas, cornerback Joe Haden, and center Alex Mack, but outside of that, it feels like there are enough first round busts to field a 53-man roster of Browns’ draft blunders.
That brings me to the 2016 NFL Draft, where the Browns will be faced with a likely top five pick, if not the first overall pick as it is currently slated. In this draft there are no once in a lifetime Andrew Luck type QBs, nor is there a playmaker so powerful that he deserves to be No. 1 overall. Such is the Browns luck. So who should the Browns take No. 1 overall? How about potentially the next DE J.J. Watt?
Who is that? That is Bosa, but is he worth the No. 1 overall pick? No, not for the Browns as they stand in 2015 and moving forward into 2016 because I do not see it as a pressing need. What the Browns need as so many other of the writers for Factory of Sadness have written is an offensive playmaker.
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This current regime tried to build a stronger defense through the draft but the defense is currently ranked 29th in yards given up per game. While Bosa would help the Browns pathetic pass rush, what good does it do a team when the offense cannot score? Ask the St. Louis Rams who are a defensive unit full of talent, but lacks playmakers outside of running back Todd Gurley.
The Browns needs to focus on getting offensive weapons. I am not sure if there is a QB worth taking No. 1 overall, but they are in that situation. They are going to have to look at QBs such as Michigan State’s Connor Cook and California’s Jared Goff. Then despite Farmers despise for drafting wide receivers, he is going to have to look at players like Treadwell as well.
The fact of the matter is that Farmer or whomever the GM is, cannot blow it if the Browns get the No. 1 pick. It is vital to this franchise that the next first rounder is someone who plays, contributes weekly, and is someone who is a potential cornerstone to build the offense around.
If Bosa played QB or caught passes like he can disrupt them, I would be all for it, but at this point another defensive player is not what the Browns need to start trying to turn this franchise and its misery around.
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