I stayed up. Way past my bed time watching NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s stupid face walk up to the microphone over and over again announcing the picks for the first round. Each year, Browns fans are used to the expectation of the team selecting a player early in the first round.
This offseason, the Browns traded away their first round pick – #13, in part of a deal to the Houston Texans to receive quarterback DeShaun Watson. They’ll also be giving up first round picks for the next two years as well.
There was some thought that maybe Browns general manager Andrew Berry and company would want to trade back into the first round. After all, the team really could use some help at the wide receiver position even with the addition of former Cowboy Amari Cooper. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is long gone and Jarvis Landry is a question mark on if the team may ever re-sign him.
Of course, this first round couldn’t go without the thought of quarterback Baker Mayfield and if the Browns were going to do anything with him in a trade. I can’t believe a quarterback wasn’t picked until 20th to the Pittsburgh Steelers (barf) in Kenny Pickett who, ironically, went to school at Pitt. It just goes to show how thin the quarterbacks class was this year…
Thus, Baker remains a Brown. At least at the time of this article’s publication. After all, there’s plenty of more draft and the Browns have assets and picks that could be traded along with Mayfield in the coming rounds. Yet, it didn’t happen in the first round…
The Browns really must not have seen a wide receiver that jumped out to them. In this first round, six wideouts were selected by various teams. The Browns had no inclination to trade in and take any one of those players. Here’s the list:
8. Atlanta Falcons: Drake London, WR, USC
10. New York Jets (from Seahawks): Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
11. New Orleans Saints (from Commanders): Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
12. Detroit Lions (from Vikings): Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
16. Washington Commanders: Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
18. Tennessee Titans (from Eagles): Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
What’s interesting is that it was a lot of the other teams that traded in themselves to make those wide receiver selections.
Where do the Browns go from here without making a move in the first round?
Well, the team still has picks 44, 78, 99, 118, 202, 223 & 246 in the coming rounds. Plenty of assets left for Berry to work with moving forward in this draft. I’m looking to see who the team targets throughout the remainder of the weekend. Or, if they use some of those assets in a trade along with quarterback Baker Mayfield…
I’LL ADMIT – I WASN’T IN THE BROWNS DRAFT ROOM! (Shocker) However, this is what I think happened in the first round with Berry and his colleges:
Berry didn’t get any good offers that warranted jumping in the first round for a wideout.
Berry didn’t get any offers for Baker Mayfield that were of any value.
Berry sees value in players that remain throughout the coming rounds and we will see that in tonight/tomorrow’s picks made by the Browns.
Want to know the greatest news? A first round pick can’t become a BUST in Cleveland if he’s never selected by the Browns.
Enjoy the coming rounds.