It’s a very strange Sunday afternoon for a Cleveland sports fan. The Browns have no games until forever, the Cavs don’t play until tomorrow night against the Boston Celtics and the game the Guardians do play against Arizona Diamondbacks means absolutely nothing for spring training.
Also, this is another weird feeling. The Browns don’t have a first-round draft pick for this year. This is due to the quarterback DeShaun Watson trade with the Houston Texans:
“The Browns will receive Watson and a 2024 sixth-round draft choice (which was originally a fifth-round pick), while the Texans will receive a 2022 first-round pick (No. 13 overall), 2023 and 2024 first-round picks, a 2022 fourth-round choice (No. 107), a third-round pick in 2023 and a fourth-round pick in 2024.”
Do you know how much of my life has been spent on the analysis of potential first-round picks and who the Browns may end up selecting? Well, a good portion of it.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. The team has picks later in the draft. It’s just not the same and even though some of those players may end up turning out to be good for the team, it’s that first-round that holds so much meaning.
The Browns hold pick No. 42 in the second round, pick No. 98 in the third round, two picks in the fourth round and two more in the fifth. Fun…
Could I watch the D-backs and Guards play their game at 3:05 that doesn’t count? Crack open that diet coke and probably drink a cup of coffee also. Yeah, but what fun is that? I’d rather watch Golden Girls. Let’s talk about those prospects Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. Certainly, we’d select those girls high in the first-round (if they were still living).
The last time the browns didn’t have a first-round pick (since last year, too) was in 1986. That was the 20th pick traded to Buffalo, used to select offensive lineman Will Wolford. Before last year, it’s been 36 years since Browns fans have been in this predicament.
Of course, this website is going to do a great job at analyzing the remaining picks the team has in the later rounds with our talented writers for all of you to read as the draft comes closer.
However, it’s simply not the same as that first-round pick. Unless the team makes a trade in the future, get used to it. It won’t be until 2025 when the team selects in the first-round.
That 2025 pick better be LATE in the first-round.
Well, let’s make the best of our off-day despite the fact that the Cleveland Sports aren’t coming through for us today.