Cleveland Browns fans are probably not going to like where the team’s first round picks are currently slotted?
It is not even halfway through the season but the Cleveland Browns are in an all too familiar situation. As a result, many of their fans are fed up watching them or simply ignoring them on Sundays.
In just six weeks, Cleveland has shown time and time again that although there are fewer holes on the roster, they are moving backwards in general. Their play has been horrendous and as a result, the focus has shifted to the 2018 NFL Draft.
After six weeks, the Browns and the San Francisco 49ers are the only winless teams left in the NFL. According to nfltraderumors.co, Cleveland’s strength of schedule is less than the 49ers and as a result, they would have the first pick if the draft were today.
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With that in mind, where is the Browns’ second-first round pick via the Houston Texans? Well, due to their stellar play at quartback from Deshaun Watson, the Texans are 3-3 and its pick is listed 14th.
Chances of a higher draft spot for Houston’s pick is always possible and it’s not too far off from Cleveland’s initial 2017 picks of first and 12th. Had Houston’s strength of schedule been worse, the Browns could have drafted as high as 11th.
Wherever Cleveland drafts, they will be in a great position to add two quality players in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. That is especially the case on offense.
Assuming the Browns stay in their current ballpark in terms of where they could pick, what could they do? First off, that all depends on what they think about quarterback DeShone Kizer.
If Cleveland’s front office is content with him, going with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is a no-brainer. It would be consecutive years Cleveland goes with the consensus top player.
Now, the stance of bypassing a running back that high is very valid. However, just look at Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott and Jacksonville Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette as reasons to go with the RB. If quarterback ended up being the direction though, UCLA’s Josh Rosen may be the best option at the moment.
With the 14th pick, SMU wide receiver Courtland Sutton makes a lot of sense. After all, the Browns need guys that can catch the ball. Right now, Sutton is my top wide receiver prospect and so far has racked up 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns. The former collegiate defensive back would be a welcomed addition to the Browns.
The 2018 NFL Draft cannot get here soon enough. Hopefully be then, despite some solid moves, someone else is deciding who gets drafted than EVP Sashi Brown.
Cleveland will have their options but trading down shouldn’t even be considered. Whether Barkley, Rosen, and/or Sutton becomes a Brown remains to be seen, but those are definitely some of the names to keep an eye on from now until draft night.