Many players have been rumored as fits for the Cleveland Browns with the second pick. The Voice of the Fan believes that former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott should be in the conversation.
The Cleveland Browns are seeking a quarterback, so what’s new? They have been looking for their franchise quarterback since coming back into the NFL in 1999!
Cleveland also, to no one’s surprise have failed miserably to get it right, and frankly, the Browns have made a mess of trying to get it correct. Starting with their first selection as a team again with Tim Couch, progressing down the line throughout the years as we are set to start the 2016 NFL Draft soon.
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That said, it is time to start getting it right and stop reaching or going with who is popular! This franchise has too many holes to fill to let good talent get away. My first preference would be to try to do what the Tennessee Titans did and trade down and get a boat load of extra picks in both the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.
Heaven knows this team needs a large influx of talent and there is quite a bit in this year’s first fifty or sixty players. There is a veritable wealth to be had at almost every position. After all, isn’t analytics about accumulating young talent and developing it?
If the Cleveland Browns do not succeed in making a favorable trade, then why not go with talent you can count on? The first choice then is former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. Yes, a great three-down back that can catch should be the pick.
Elliott runs with power and blocks well in passing downs. Speaking of blocking, Elliott one of the better blockers at his position in this year’s draft. ‘Zeke can also run away from most players as he has shown on many occasions.
There are only so many really good backs that can do what Elliott does. Also, not many comes out of college being stated as an example of what to do on certain plays, like Elliott is to other players on the Ohio State football team. He is the model of an all-purpose back.
Yes, the Cleveland Browns drafted Duke Johnson last year but the two of them would be great together sharing the workload. Both have similar attributes, but ‘Zeke is better at most. As most know, it is better to share the workload so injury or fatigue does not set in.
Selecting former running back Trent Richardson a few years back was another bad choice and his ability or lack of, was not taken into account. Elliott has more skills than Richardson had.
Can the Cleveland Browns really pass up a player of Elliott’s skill level? A player that could be almost as good as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson–if not better? If Cleveland decides against going that route, then go with Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey. He would be the next best choice!