The 2017 NFL Draft is a chance for Cleveland to begin its turnaround from laughingstock to solid franchise. With five of the top 65 picks and a total of seven in the first four rounds, the Browns. April 27th, 2017. A date that can change the future for the Cleveland Browns. After another disappointing season, the 1-15 Browns are now on the Clock. This is vital draft that the Browns CANNOT mess up. This is a draft that will make or break the Cleveland Browns future for years to come. So here is my breakdown of this months mock draft.
The Cleveland Browns have 11 picks in the NFL Draft, including No. 1 and No. 12 in the first round April 27 in Philadelphia.
Much of what the Browns will do in the first round of the draft will also dictate what happens throughout the rest of the league.
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Will they select at No. 1 overall or possibly trade down? Will who they hope will be their quarterback of the future (and maybe the present) come later in the round or in the second or third? All other teams will be watching closely.
Still, those are the questions to be answered for a team with 11 picks, and if that's what they end the three days of the draft with will give them 37 selections in the last three years. What has to happen, however, is for more of those picks to be difference-makers, or at least starters.
Here is a look at the Browns' five-year draft record with roster tallies reflecting totals as of the end of the 2016 season. Below that are key personnel moves made this year and the team's current needs heading into this draft and our projection for all their 2017 picks.
FIVE-YEAR DRAFT BREAKDOWN
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2012 . .2013 . .2014 . .2015 . .2016
TOTAL PICKS . . . 12 . . . . . .5 . . . . .6 . . . . 12 . . . 14
STARTERS . . . . . .0 . . . . . .0 . . . . .2 . . . . .2 . . . .3
BACKUPS . . . . . .0 . . . . . .0 . . . . .0 . . . . .5 . . . 10
OTHER TEAMS . . .6 . . . . .3 . . . . .3 . . . . .3 . . .1
OUT OF LEAGUE . .6 . . . . .2 . . . . .1 . . . . .2 . . .0
Top three draft needs:
1. Quarterback: Trading for Brock Osweiler did not solve the Browns' quarterback problems. They will either trade for a veteran, possibly Jimmy Garoppolo of the Patriots or AJ McCarron of the Bengals, or they will draft one. The Browns have the first and 12th pick. They had a private workout with DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame and Patrick Mahomes of Texas A&M last month. They visited Deshaun Watson of Clemson on March 30 and worked out North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky the next day at team headquarters in Berea, Ohio (they can work out Trubisky at their facility because he attended high school in the Cleveland suburb of Mentor).
2. Edge rusher: The Browns have to find a way to put more pressure on the opposing quarterback. There is no franchise quarterback in this draft, but defensive end Myles Garrett of Texas A&M can be a game-changer. Unless something very unusual happens between now and April 27, the Browns are expected to take Garrett with the first pick in the draft.
3. Cornerback: The Browns gave up a franchise worst 36 passing touchdowns last season. Left cornerback Joe Haden has had back-to-back disappointing seasons. Both were hampered by injuries. This draft is deep in cornerbacks. It will be no surprise if the Browns don't take at least two. They could take one with the 12th pick if they don't use it on a quarterback.
Below is a list of every pick for the Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft, with players suggested by NFLDraftScout.com Sr. Analyst Dane Brugler. Who would you take? Let us know in comments.
1/1: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M (6-4, 272, 4.61)
1/12: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (6-6, 251, 4.51)
2/33: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU (5-11, 192, 4.47)
Rocket league betting. 2/52: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State (6-6, 295, 4.85)
3/65: Joshua Dobbs, QB, Tennessee (6-3, 216, 4.64)
4/108: Eddie Jackson, FS, Alabama (6-0, 201, 4.55)
5/145: Tanzel Smart, DT, Tulane (6-1, 296, 5.24)
5/175: Brendan Langley, CB, Lamar (6-0, 201, 4.43)
5/*181: Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan (6-2, 244, 4.75)
6/185: Justin Senior, T, Mississippi State (6-5, 331, 5.47)
6/188: Elijah McGuire, RB, Louisiana. Lafayette (5-10, 214, 4.56)
Now it's your turn. NFLDraftScout.com is readsy to help with its list of the top 1,000 prospects in this draft.
--Frank Cooney and TSX NFL team insiders contributed to this analysis.
After the Super Bowl, the NFL goes through a bit of a miniature offseason. From the day of the Super Bowl until free agency, everything just stops. Sure, the Super Bowl itself manages to stay in the news until the media milks it dry. However, nothing new comes from the league until free agency starts. That, of course, does not stop fan excitement for the upcoming NFL Draft. In late April, all the top college prospects find an NFL home in a three-day spectacle of television. Seeing as the Cleveland Browns hold the top pick in this year’s draft, this class is crucial for their roster. This is the pre-combine mock draft for the 2017 Cleveland Browns.
Note: This mock draft took place on Fanspeak’s Mock Draft Simulator, and free agency was not considered. Additionally, this is a pre-combine mock draft. Because of this, nothing is set in stone just yet.
Texas A&M’s defensive star Myles Garrett is the consensus number one pick this year. Although the Browns have not drafted very well since their 1999 return, Garrett is a must-have prospect. Strengthening Cleveland’s front seven is crucial in this off-season. Their defense was deplorable in 2016, and Garrett is a good step to fixing it. Hue Jackson can trust that his defensive star Jamie Collins will be thanking him for this helper.
If LSU’s Jamal Adams still happens to be on the board with the twelfth pick, the Browns are in serious luck. Adams is a star in the making that can make any defensive play asked of him. He can strengthen a heavily ailing secondary, be a turnover creator, and get some help for Joe Haden. Should the Browns luck out with their second first-rounder, Adams is another must-have.
While the draft stock of Patrick Mahomes continues to rise, he could still be available in the second round. Texas Tech’s prolific signal-caller keeps turning heads, and scouts are noticing him. If the Browns can find Mahomes at the top of the second, Hue Jackson will be one happy head coach. This pick is a steal, and Jackson gets his high-profile quarterback to groom.
If the Browns want to go offense-heavy on the second day of this draft, D’Onta Foremancould be their guy. A perfect mix of size and speed, Foreman has the potential to be a force at the pro level. With some development, he could surpass Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson as Cleveland’s main running back. At this late in the mock draft, Foreman was a steal. If the Browns find Foreman with this pick, he should be the obvious selection.
Following last season, the Browns knew that they had to fix their offensive line. Aside from Joe Thomas, Cleveland’s blockers were awful in 2016. Ohio State’s Pat Elflein could be a major improvement in this department.
While at Ohio State, Elflein garnered scout attention due to his fantastic blocking ability. Because of his tremendous speed and size, Elflein has the potential to completely bolster this Browns line. Although many fans have chosen LSU’s Ethan Pocic to replace Cameron Erving, Elflein could be just as good, if not better.
When it comes to tight ends, Michigan’s Jake Butt is the total package. As both a blocker and a receiver, Butt is an incredibly well-rounded player. Due to Gary Barnidge coming down from his breakout 2015 season, the Browns are in need to a tight end threat. Butt could be their guy, and would be a bargain in the fourth round. Hue Jackson and Sashi Brown would be delighted with this pick’s fit with their “analytics” viewpoint.
The draft stock of “The U”‘s Corn Elder is incredibly low. Although a bit undersized for his position, Elder is incredibly quick and smart. Elder’s cover skills, especially for a 5’10 player, are exceptional. Additionally, he has all the game knowledge in the world. Elder could improve a struggling secondary with Jamal Adams and Joe Haden could work as a mentor. This defensive draft is phenomenal, and Elder’s ability is no exception.
Coming out of North Carolina, Jon Heck is a solid blocker. For a fifth round talent, Heck has done a great job of protecting Mitch Trubisky. With his tremendous size of 6’7, 310, Heck is more than a prototypical NFL tackle. As another plus, Heck would be learning from Cleveland’s Joe Thomas, who has had an incredible career. The Browns will make out like bandits on this one too, if they can snag Heck here.
During his time as a UCLA Bruin, Jayon Brown lived mostly in the shadow of Myles Jack. However, Brown stepped up his game tremendously in 2016. He led the Bruins in tackles, and made a real name for himself coming into the draft. Browns fans may not have heard of Brown, but they might just have to trust Hue Jackson like they did with quarterback Cody Kessler.
As far as picks go in this draft, most of the big names will be gone by this point. However, USC’s Kenny Bigelow Jr. just might be a diamond in the rough. Scouts often bill Bigelow as “the best defensive lineman fans have never heard of,” and it shows. Bigelow plays with a chip on his shoulder, and could make a real impact in Cleveland for years to come.
Another USC Trojan makes their way to Cleveland with this pick. Like Jon Heck, Zach Banner is just a solid blocker. Though only a sixth-rounder type of talent, Banner could develop into a polished guard. Maybe if John Greco was not alwas injured, the Browns would not need this pick. Alas, however, this is not the case. And that is where Banner comes in.
This mock draft can be summed up quite simply. If the Browns can get all these guys in one draft, their team will be pretty well on its way to improvement. Hue Jackson gets a serious influx of talent and maybe Jimmy Haslam lets him stay in Cleveland. Perhaps Jackson finds a way to really get his guys to succeed. Perhaps Cleveland fans are looking at a playoff team in the coming years. And maybe the Browns finally return to their glory days. This is only a mock, but fans must be hopeful that the actual 2-17 NFL Draft goes this way for the Browns. If it does, we could be looking at a serious shift in Cleveland.