In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns have an opportunity to add to their struggling franchise with their first three draft selections in the upcoming draft, as they hold three of the first 33 overall draft choices.
In that time frame of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Browns have the chance to select an amazing pass rush prospect with the No. 1 overall pick. Plus, with the 12th overall pick, the Browns have the opportunity to select a much-needed quarterback, running back or wide receiver, then they have the top pick of the second round to draft yet another player they need on their roster.
Either way, the Browns have a gold mine in front of them if they make the correct decisions in the 2017 NFL Draft because if there is a team that needs to be nearly perfect with their early choices in this draft, it is the Browns.
With the Browns holding on to the No. 1 overall pick, the consensus seems to be the Browns will be drafting Myles Garrett, the All-American defensive end from Texas A&M, but the Browns could make a surprise choice and take a much-needed quarterback at with the top draft choice, too. Next, they have the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft, followed by the first pick of the second round at 33rd overall and then the 20th pick in the second round, 52nd overall.
That means the Browns have four of the first 52 picks, giving them ample opportunity to improve their franchise in a hurry if they make the right choices. Remember, though, this is the Browns, and historically they’ve made some very poor decisions at quarterback and elsewhere during the NFL Draft.
The smart move for the Browns is to draft what seems like a sure thing in Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, then follow that up with the best player available at 12, not necessarily being a quarterback or running back. The Browns need to add a solid wide receiver to their roster to play alongside Corey Coleman, and it won’t matter who they have at quarterback if the wide receiver depth chart is bare.
The Browns should stay away from drafting a quarterback in the first round, especially with the No. 1 overall pick, and look for one in the second round. The current quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft don’t really jump off the page as a top-tier quarterback that deserves to be a first-round choice or one that needs to be drafted at No. 1 or No. 12 overall, but that could be an incorrect statement down the line.
Some of the quarterbacks rated highly in the NFL Draft include Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina, Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer. As for Watson, Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball wrote this analysis of the Clemson wide receiver in a 2017 NFL Draft rankings article.
“Sources from multiple teams say that Williams is worthy of going as a top-20 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In speaking with a few teams, they said they didn’t see him as good as Mike Evans, but better than Michael Floyd.”
If the Browns are smart, they will not draft for overall need with every single early draft choice. Instead, they should draft with who is the best player available and build their franchise up that way because they have too many holes in their roster to just solely think about a quarterback.
Some of those players could be top-rated wide receiver Mike Williams of Clemson, tight end O.J. Howard of Alabama or they could add even more to their defense to go with their top overall pick, which will most likely be Garrett.
Let’s be honest here, the Browns are way more than just a quarterback away from being successful in the NFL. Rather, they need to use the 2017 NFL Draft as a way to gain very talented players at varying spots on their roster early on, then build around those players with the remainder of those draft choices.
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