All Ready to Go for April 26 – 28
The Browns have done their homework, talked to prospects in person, and made transactions to both acquire guys who can help this franchise as well as gain value for members who would have likely been released in the coming months. It appears that they are ready to go for the NFL Draft that is just under three weeks away. We take a deeper look into their recent activity.
Turning Over the Quarterback Room
A few weeks after former starting quarterback DeShone Kizer was traded away, now the remaining two signal callers met the same fate. Cody Kessler was shipped to Jacksonville for a conditional seventh round pick next year. Also, Kevin Hogan is now a member of the Washington Redskins, who agreed to swap sixth round selections later this month. Looking back at it, the Browns got relatively nothing for either guy. Clearly John Dorsey saw little value in either guy and was happy to get whatever he could. Having only two quarterbacks currently on the roster would lead me to believe that they will get a pair more prior to training camp beginning. Will it be the first overall selection and one in the later rounds? Or, will the Browns scoop up another veteran in the coming months? The latter is the more likely option, but one thing is for certain. Whomever the Browns choose as their franchise quarterback will have a dearth of knowledge to bounce ideas off of and questions to ask in the quarterback room. This was clearly not the case in 2017 and it showed.
The Browns recently added wideout Jeff Janis to the roster. The former Packer is expected to perform well on special teams and might get some opportunities as a wide receiver. Granted he had Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, but Janis did make some spectacular plays a few seasons ago. He will not have that luxury here, but perhaps he can still perform well. I’m tired of seeing poor special teams play by the Browns and expect Janis to help in this area. Any help on offense would be a bonus.
All the headlines appear to gravitate towards former college head coaches and announcers not vouching that “their guy” gets selected first overall by the Cleveland Browns. Whether I am referring to Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, people appear to have taken their sides (as to whom is better) and are using the aforementioned comments as to reasons why the Browns should take a certain player at number one. I am still on board with not caring which quarterback the team takes – as long as it is the right guy.
At number four, I simply want to see the team take an outstanding playmaker. I appreciate what Saquon Barkley can do on a football field, but taking a running back that early would not be my choice. The Browns have solidified their secondary in free agency, but there are still two great options to choose (Ward and Fitzpatrick). Meanwhile, the defensive line is still far from set and adding Chubb to the mix would not be a terrible idea either.