Cleveland Browns: What If Round 1 Was Strictly On Offense?

Apr 28, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams fans await the announcement of quarterback Jared Goff as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft at draft party at L.A. Live. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams fans await the announcement of quarterback Jared Goff as the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft at draft party at L.A. Live. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns’ draft will be underway in under a month. It is already assumed who they will go with first, but what if they went in another direction?

Talented, game-changing and franchise impacting players are needed on the Cleveland Browns‘ roster. Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett is one of those players and based off of what he did in college, he has for some time now positioned himself to be next month’s first overall pick.

Once Cleveland turns in the card with the first pick of the draft, the Browns would have went the correct route: Not reaching, and drafting a sure thing.

Had an elite, franchise quarterback entered this draft, there would likely be no question what the Browns would do. Since that is not the case, Cleveland is forced to go a different way.

Keep in mind this is a piece is based off of a what if situation. So, hypothetically, if Garrett was not the player he is, and Cleveland were to go strictly offense in round one, how could things turn out?

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Taking the what if mindset that Garrett is not the elite prospect he is, which position could the Browns go with at one? LSU running back Leonard Fournette is an intriguing option. However, with Isaiah Crowell under contract and the fact that running backs don’t get selected first quickly removes him from consideration.

Other positions such as offensive tackle and wide receiver are filled with very good players, but neither spot is deserving of the first overall pick. Breaking down options leads to speculation and debate. With that said, it all comes back to quarterback.

You may not like what the Browns do at the position, but at the end of the day all that matters is the opinions within the team’s front office. If Cleveland’s decision makers believe that a certain signal-caller is worthy of a top pick, so be it, despite the possible outrage.

For some that could be North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, or Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes. Regardless of who that may be, Cleveland ends up drafting one of them.

For the sake of this scenario, anyone of those four could be the guy but none of them are of course worthy of the top pick. However, many fans would be okay with them at 12, 33, or somewhere in between.

Let’s say it is Trubisky to start off the draft. Some of the top defensive talents will be gone by their 12th selection. Knowing they need help on offense, Cleveland should have their pick as to which type of offensive player they want to add later.

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Cleveland could go with Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis or fellow wideout Mike Williams of Clemson. Other options are selecting a tight end like Miami (FL)’s David Njoku or Alabama’s O.J. Howard.

Another wide receiver should be drafted but since Cleveland drafted multiple players at the position last offseason, Davis, Williams, and the posiiton in general are passed over for the time being.

Njoku is an intriguing and athletic player. He also could be preferred by analytics given his athleticism and potential. Despite that, Howard has the more complete game and is the selection.

Now, this what if scenario would look a lot better if the quarterback position had an elite prospect. Any other year, teams could really debate who their preference is at one.

In 2017 though, Garrett is going to be the pick and there is no turning back. Cleveland is not going to bypass the chance of selecting Garrett.

Still, looking at a first round in this unconventional matter is interesting even though it is not happening. Without Garrett hypothetically not in the picture, whose to say the Browns wouldn’t have considered this scenario at some point during the process?

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On the other hand, just look at this draft a different way. The Browns got their quarterback and a quality offensive player Trubisky and company can grow with!