What I’m Thinking about Number Twelve
No, I’m not referring to the suspended wideout for the Cleveland Browns. Instead, I am taking a deeper look at the second selection of the franchise – the twelfth overall selection. It would only make sense that they choose Myles Garrett with the first overall choice – hopefully Sashi Brown and company pull the trigger on the defensive end. That brings us to the huge question, what to do next? Below are some options:
Best Offensive Weapon
This would likely be either tight end O.J. Howard or wide receiver Mike Williams. Despite having Gary Barnidge, Seth DeValve, and Randall Telfair – the Browns could still use an improvement at the tight end spot. Howard is gigantic (six foot, six inches – over 240 pounds), athletic, and could really help the Browns’ offense. Underutilized in college – I have a sneaking suspicion that Hue Jackson would know how to best incorporate the athlete.
Seeing Terrelle Pryor depart in free agency, the Browns ought to look at an option to replace the wide receiver. Williams appears to be the hands-down (save a few Corey Davis fans) best option in the draft. The former Clemson wideout is rather tall (over six foot, three inches) and large (just under 220 pounds) but is not the fastest of athletes. In the NFL, it is more about running proper routes and being at the right place at the right time. The Browns could do a lot worse than Mike Williams with the twelfth choice.
Pick a Falling Defender
Though a less likely scenario, this could still be an option. It would likely be the result of a few quarterbacks being taken in the top ten picks of the draft – leading to others sliding down the draft board. Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker are the two top safeties and many are anticipating on both going well before the Browns are on the clock at twelve. It would be rather tempting for the orange and brown to snag one of that duo up (provided they are available). Judging for the team’s free agency attempts to secure Tony Jefferson and Bradley McDougald – it would appear that they are not confident at the safety spot. The Browns can still get a Budda Baker or Obi Melifonwu in the second round, who would be great additions.
Go for the Quarterback
Ahh, the five-hundred pound elephant in the room – what to do with the most important position in sports? The Browns clearly need a franchise quarterback, but what is their plan? Will all options be available in the twelfth choice, and if so do the Browns draft their signal caller? Or will the choose a guy later to develop and compete with Cody Kessler and the other quarterback on the roster (be it Brock Osweiler or someone else). Personally, I like Mitchell Trubisky the best, but would ok with either Davis Webb or Patrick Mahomes in the later rounds. I am greedy though, and would rather have the Browns pick Trubisky with their third-first round pick (after trading up).
Conclusion: Assuming there are no trades made by the franchise (which could be a huge leap) – I hope the Browns take option number one with their second choice. The NFL is an offensive league and the team needs more playmakers, especially to help out their signal caller. They are fortifying their defense with Garrett and can complement the standout with solid secondary choices in rounds two through seven.