After an abysmal 0-16 campaign, the Cleveland Browns are on the clock with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Coach Hue Jackson will return next season after not winning a single game in 2017, but they will be under the leadership of new general manager John Dorsey, who took over after Sashi Brown was dismissed in December.
This is the second straight year the Browns will have the first overall pick. Last year, they selected defensive tackle Myles Garrett. They also hold the fourth overall pick, which they acquired from Houston.
Cleveland took a shot on Notre Dame quarterback Deshone Kizer in the fourth round of the 2017 draft, who became the starter. He was benched in Week Five but soon returned after Kevin Hogan failed to impress. Kizer threw for 2,894 yards, 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 15 starts.
Despite being young and not that bad, Kizer is not the guy for the Browns. They are in desperate need of a quarterback. Well they are in desperate need of a lot of other things, too, but quarterbacks are important.
Lucky for Cleveland, they can pick any quarterback they want with the first pick.
USC’s Sam Darnold and UCLA’s Josh Rosen are often called the best quarterbacks in the class, but rumor that Rosen dissed Cleveland creates some concern. Look for them to go with Darnold or Josh Allen out of Wyoming.
The free agent market for quarterbacks is not bad this year, and the Browns have been rumored to be interested in some, but signing a guy like Kirk Cousins is a long shot.
The fourth pick is the more intriguing of the two, because we most likely know what they’ll do with the first. Cleveland has several options regarding what to do with it.
Only two more players will be off the board by this time, so the Browns can snag the best available player in a deep class.
Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick would be a great addition to play opposite Jabrill Peppers. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could also still be there for the Browns to pick.
Their other option is to trade the pick. Teams will be antsy to move up to take their man, just look at the Bears last year. If Cleveland is as committed as they seem to a long term rebuild, they have the chance to land a good haul of top picks for the next few seasons.
Anyway, do you remember Trent Richardson?