Browns creating intrigue in draft

By Steve Sell
April 27, 2017

They won’t blow it, will they?

The Cleveland Browns have the top pick in tonight’s first round of the NFL Draft and nearly every single alleged expert says that Texas A & M defensive end Myles Garrett should be the top pick.

That is except for Warren Sapp, who blasted Garrett recently for being “lazy” and taking plays off. Now Sapp is hardly considered an expert, but given the career he had mostly for Tampa Bay I think he knows what he’s talking about.

But we’re talking the Browns here. Make that the “Bumbling Browns,” as they’re often referred to in Cleveland. They were 1-15 last year and just two years ago took Johnny Manziel in the first round. “Johnny Football” is now “Johnny Out of Football.” 

They never do anything right.

I have to admit I watched Texas A & M’s bowl game to see what all the fuss was about concerning Garrett. Maybe it was because he was trying to avoid injury, but he seemed to play at half-speed and didn’t look that much like the best player in the draft.

But he reportedly wowed them at the offseason workouts, reaffirming his label of “best player in the draft.”

The Browns, though, need a quarterback. The draft doesn’t have that sure-fire 10-year starter like Carson Wentz, who the Eagles hit the lottery on last year. In fact, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is the trendy pick, though he only started 13 games in his college career. Cleveland does have the No. 12 pick as well and could grab a quarterback there.

WHB talk show host Kevin Kietzman is clamoring for the Chiefs to grab Clemson’s Deshaun Watson with the 27th pick, noting how teams missed on Dak Prescott last year and all he did was make All-Pro with the Dallas Cowboys. Chances are they’re probably the only two quarterbacks that go in the first round.

This isn’t a draft of superstars. This is a draft of blue-collar players, those that will build a team’s depth. My guess is by the time the draft rolls into the third round, there will be a lot of “who’s he?” selections.

ESPN and the NFL Network go all in. They have flooded the airwaves with pre-draft shows to the point of ad naseum. The images of draftniks Mel Kiper and Todd McShay on ESPN are permanently burned into our brain (as their jobs were safe during Black Wednesday at ESPN when more than 100 employees were canned). 

Chiefs fans will have to wait until late in the evening. I would be shocked if they don’t pick a corner or a defensive lineman and I repeatedly have said they’ll go defense-heavy due to some key offseason losses (Dontari Poe and Jaye Howard) as well as some veterans on their last legs (Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson).

Chiefs fans probably will find this draft very ho-hum. I don’t think they’ll trade up, because there’s not a player worth trading up for. If you’re a fan of defense, you’ll like this year’s draft.