After finishing Hue Jackson’s first season with the worst record in the NFL, the 1-15 Cleveland Browns have the number one overall pick in the draft and many people are speculating whether they go with a quarterback or a defensive prospect. This is the draft that will determine if the Dawg Pound will eventually end the misery or continue it. Now, Hue Jackson is the right coach for this task and he had a solid 2016 rookie class that produced fine on the field. It’s time to follow up with a second successful draft class.
First off, with the number one overall pick, the Cleveland Browns select Jonathan Allen. The defensive lineman can line up either inside or outside on the line, plus he is a monster in both stopping the pass and run. Honestly, I am more in favor of trading down and selecting Malik Hooker or someone worthy of a top ten pick, but not at number one.
Now, remember the Browns have a second first-round pick from the Eagles (12th overall) that they acquired when the Eagles traded up to land Carson Wentz. They added defensive line help with Allen. Now, they pass up on a quarterback and select Allen’s college teammate in Reuben Foster. They get the most feared hitter in the draft and a stud in the middle of a 3-4 defense. A trio of Foster, Kirksley, and Davis is nice, but expect Foster to start and Davis to be on the bench or a cap casualty.
Same story as the first-round, the Browns have two selections in the second-round.
With the Browns’ first pick in the second-round, expect them to add another defensive piece in Adoree Jackson. The cornerback is a great piece, as the Browns need another corner alongside Joe Haden, but he also returns kicks and punts, plus plays on the offensive side on the field. He is a special talent that the Browns need to add.
The second selection in the second-round for the Browns will be an addition on the offensive side and to address the right tackle position by taking Mike McGlinchey out of Notre Dame. He steps in day one and replaces Austin Pasztor.
I would give the Browns a running back in the third-round, but I think they will reach a deal with Isaiah Crowell that will allow the Browns to avoid adding to that group.
So with that, in the third-round, the Brownies give their quarterback another wide receiver in K.D. Cannon from Baylor. You pair Coleman and Cannon back together, as they played together at the same time in Waco, Texas. They were a handful in college for the opposition. This kid has Pro-Bowl talent and the ability to be a multi timed Pro-Bowler. He joins an interesting receiving corps with Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman, Andrew Hawkins, Rashard Higgins, Ricardo Louis, Mario Alford, Jordan Payton, and the suspended Josh Gordon. Gordon is most likely done as a Brown this off-season and Hawkins could be a cap casualty to make room to give the youngsters more playing time.
The Browns do not have a fourth-round selection and they come into he fifth-round looking to add an offensive guard, quarterback, and an edge rusher.
With two fifth-round picks, the first one will be used on Davis Webb from California and then the second one on Michigan’s offensive guard Kyle Kalis. They add two potential starters to the fold. I honestly think Cody Kessler can be a Alex Smith with a chance to be better, as he potentially has a chance to have a better supporting cast. That’s why they take a quarterback in the fifth-round instead of the top three rounds. Kalis is added to the team with Alvin Bailey coming into next season battling for the starting right guard spot against John Greco, but Greco could be another cap casualty.
Finally, the sixth-round is the Browns last pick of the draft. They take a sleeper prospect in Darius English. This edge setter had a nice 2016 campaign by sacking the quarterback nine times on an up and down Gamecock team. He falls to the sixth-round due to being undersized and lean, which is crazy, as he has shown he can get to the quarterback. He uses his length and speed to make up for his size.