Well, there’s no longer a debate as to who the Browns will take in the first round of the draft. Just when you thought the trade rumors between the Giants and Browns involving WR Odell Beckham Jr. had all but dissolved, not only did they heat up, they exploded into a supernova of reality. In the biggest offseason move this year, the New York Giants have shipped the all-pro wide receiver to Cleveland for the Browns’ 2019 first round pick, their second pick in the third round (2019) and safety Jabrill Peppers.
Truth be told, it took me a while to start on this second paragraph, not because I had writer’s block, but because our offense is going to look like something you could only create in Madden. How does a Browns fan like yours truly contain his excitement and put something readable out there that doesn’t come across like giddy gibberish? That’s the million dollar question…or in the case of OBJ, the $18 million question.
For starters, GM John Dorsey is not messing around. This guy does not walk on a tight rope. He quietly meanders behind the scenes and then darts into a carefully planned situation with the confidence of a cheetah chasing a sloth. I know, I know. Cheetahs don’t chase sloths, but you get where I’m going with the comparison. Dorsey can certainly be classified as a risk taker, and as the old adage goes, with great risk there is a great reward. So, what’s the risk here?
We do lose out on a valued middle first round pick. The second pick in the third round, meh, so be it. That will arguably be the least thing missed out of the three components the Browns parted with. We also give up a healthy and reliable secondary man in the form of Jabrill Peppers. Maybe it’s just me replaying the game-ending sack he made against Denver this past season, but I liked what he had to offer and I will miss him in the brown and orange. I am certain many will disagree with that, but to each their own. Keep in mind the guy was muddled in a terrible situation in 2017 and didn’t have the opportunity until this past season to actually start showcasing his worth. But, if you want the ace in the hole that is OBJ, it comes at a price.
That’s what we gave up. Let’s talk about the whole point of this deal, what we’re getting. The Cleveland Browns just got one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL, perhaps even the best right now. WR Odell Beckham Jr. is an absolute game-changer. He will make circus catches with his eyes closed, against the wind, in a mid-air leap. He can close out a contest delivering the heart-wrenching sensation of defeat that Cleveland has been on the receiving end too many times in the past at the hands of other adversaries. Now the Browns have that nail-in-the-coffin weapon that opponents will become flush with jealousy over.
The Browns are getting 5,476 career yards and 44 touchdowns in one player. Beckham isn’t getting any younger, so there is no better time than the present to strike and reap the benefits of having this solid offensive threat. Not only that, but Cleveland has young #6 under center to launch the ball to the former Giant wideout now reunited with college teammate Jarvis Landry. Let’s not forget Nick Chubb in the backfield and the looming presence of Kareem Hunt. I can’t even use a cliche phrase like “this team is for real” simply because it’s a gross understatement. All I can say is, right now, the quarterback isn’t the only one waking up feeling dangerous.