Cleveland Browns: Pre-Combine Big Board For 2017 NFL Draft


Every NFL team’s Big Board looks different, including the Cleveland Browns. How does Factory of Sadness’ breaks down?

The Cleveland Browns are not a team that does things to determine talent in a traditional sense in general. After all, just look at how their current front office regime is constructed. However, their approach is not bad given their years of inconsistencies. A change in how things are done is worth a try.

That said, hopefully Cleveland’s plan to acquiring talent is different and more impactful this offseason than in 2016. Remember, many fans and numerous media outlets, including here at Factory of Sadness (FoS), questioned the Browns after how they handled free agency and the draft.

Big boards fluctuate due to a number of reasons. Such reasons include but are not limited to off the field issues/concerns, combine performances, and continued film study.

Regarding the pre-combine version of the FoS’ Big Board, the rankings are not based off of who the Browns should draft in order. Nor where those players should be drafted.

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Instead, the rankings are based off of who the best players are in the 2017 Draft.

So, without further ado, here is the pre-combine version of the top 32 players available on FoS’ Big Board:

  • Myles Garrett, EDGE – Texas A&M
  • Jamal Adams, S – LSU
  • Malik Hooker, S – Ohio State
  • Mike Williams, WR – Clemson
  • Marshon Lattimore, CB – Ohio State
  • Jonathan Allen, DL – Alabama
  • Leonard Fournette, RB – LSU
  • Derek Barnett, EDGE – Tennessee
  • Corey Davis, WR – Western Michigan
  • Reuben Foster, LB – Alabama
  • Takkarist McKinley, EDGE – UCLA
  • Cam Robinson, OT – Alabama
  • Ryan Ramczyk

    , OT – Wisconsin

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  • Sidney Jones, CB – Washington
  • Ryan Anderson, EDGE – Alabama
  • Solomon Thomas, EDGE – Stanford
  • Mitch Trubisky, QB – North Carolina
  • Dalvin Cook, RB – Florida State
  • Quincy Wilson, CB – Florida
  • Gareon Conley, CB – Ohio State
  • Budda Baker, S – Washington
  • Garrett Bolles, OT – Utah
  • Tre’Davious White, CB – LSU
  • Deshaun Watson, QB – Clemson
  • DeShone Kizer, QB – Notre Dame
  • John Ross, WR – Washington
  • Raekwon McMillan, LB – Ohio State
  • O.J. Howard, TE – Alabama
  • David Njoku, TE – Miami (FL)
  • Zach Cunningham, LB – Vanderbilt
  • Taco Charlton, EDGE – Michigan
  • Forrest Lamp, G – Western Kentucky
  • Immediately that stands out in this draft board is that despite injuries, both McKinley and Ramczyk are in the top 15, specifically 13. Also, no quarterback is listed until Trubisky at 17th.

    Right now, there is not much difference between Watson and Kizer. Kizer has a higher ceiling and that is one of many key reasons why the quarterback position is so close.

    Both EDGE and the secondary are loaded with depth. If the Browns don’t choose someone from one of those positions at 12, there should be someone for the taking with great value atop the second round at 33rd overall. Specifically, quarterback, offensive line, wide receiver, running back, and the secondary all could be changed within the rankings, but will it?

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    Between the Senior Bowl, 2017 NFL Combine, and upcoming meetings and workouts, expect numerous changes. However, depending on how all of those goes will dictate how significant those changes will be.