The Cleveland Browns must draft a Quarterback with the top pick
The Cleveland Browns must take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The recently retired, and future Hall-of-Fame offensive tackle Joe Thomas blocked for an astounding TWENTY different starting quarterbacks over his career. The position has not had any stability for decades.
Over the past two NFL drafts, Cleveland has had the opportunity to select a passer near the top of the draft but they have elected to trade down for more picks. In 2016, the Browns owned the No. 2 choice and traded back with Philadelphia. The Eagles chose Carson Wentz with that pick. Last year, Cleveland selected EDGE rusher Myles Garrett with the first pick (the right choice), but they also had the 12th pick. The Browns opted to trade that pick to the Texans who selected Deshaun Watson.
Do not get me wrong, all the picks acquired have helped build the foundation for a team ready to take the next step, but they need a franchise signal-caller. So now we get ready to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Cleveland once again owns the No. 1 pick. They also have the N0. 4 this year which was acquired from Houston in the trade a year ago. A lot of people in the media seem to think that drafting running back Saquon Barkley at the top and then drafting a QB at four is a good idea.
Here’s the thing, it really isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that Barkley is the most talented player in the draft. However, history tells us that talented backs can come from anywhere. The last two seasons have given us third rounders in Alvin Kamara (Saints) and Kareem Hunt (Chiefs), and a fifth rounder with Jordan Howard (Bears). Not to mention, with the way the board is shaping up, you could probably wait until the fourth pick and still get Barkley if you so choose.
Browns Must Make A Move For A Quarterback
The main drawback to waiting until four to get your man at quarterback is that you put yourself at the mercy of the teams selecting at picks No. 2 and No. 3. The New York Jets just moved up to the third selection to get in position for a QB and the Giants also could select their QB of the future at No. 2. They could also trade the pick to another quarterback-needy team. At that point, you would be getting the third option at the position.
The bottom line is this, if Cleveland falls in love with any of the top QBs, they have to pull the trigger on one. Any other decision leaves it up to fate and fate has not been kind to the Cleveland Browns.