It has been a very long and roller coaster ride of a week for Cleveland Browns fans all around as the rumors would not go away that the Browns may pass on the surest top pick since Andrew Luck but Sashi Brown and company had other plans.
The Cleveland Browns front office and coaching staff pulled a fast one on the national media when they used the number 1 overall selection on DE Myles Garrett, who instantly makes this Browns defense so much better. The Browns were unable to pressure the QB last season which put a tremendous amount of pressure on their young secondary. The first step of fixing this defense was to resign LB Jamie Collins and then to add Garrett which now gives the Browns a formidable front 7 for many seasons to come.
Grade: The Browns were handed the keys to a Ferrari and are enjoying the drive.
With their second pick of the first round, the Cleveland Browns opted to trade down with the Houston Texans at number 25 but also picking up the Texans first round pick next season (meaning the Browns now own the Texans 1st and 2nd round selections.) The Texans used that pick on QB Deshaun Watson, who many around the league feel could be a franchise QB but has some questions that need to be answered.
The Browns would wait patiently until they were on the clock at 25 where they selected versatile defensive back Jabrill Peppers. The Browns are in desperate need of a playmaker in their secondary and Peppers fits that bill but where will he play? Gregg Williams has been known to take players and mold a role for them in his defensive scheme which I believe is his plan for Peppers. Peppers has the ability to play cornerback, safety, or possibly a hybrid linebacker role but will need some seasoning for Coach Williams.
Grade: This pick has the feel of rebuilding a LEGO set that you lost the instructions, the pieces are there but you just have to know where they fit in.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the draft for Browns fans was when the Browns traded back into the 1st round with the Packers to select TE David Njoku. Not only do the Browns gain that 5th year on his contract but they get the playmaking TE that Coach Jackson has been searching for. Njoku is still a project but his athletic ability is off the charts and at only 20 years old, he hasn't come close to reaching his potential.
Grade: This pick is all about potential which Njoku possess plenty of and could become the weapon that the Browns offense has been searching for
The Browns did trade away their 33rd overall selection to the Packers but they will select 52nd overall. A name to watch out for with this selection is CB Sydney Jones. Jones suffered an Achilles' injury during his Pro Day but is expected to be ready for training camp. If not for that injury Jones would have likely been a top 20 selection.
The Browns other selection comes at 65 with a couple of names to watch out for. DT Larry Ogunjobi, CB Fabian Moreau, S Obi Melifonwu, and QB Joshua Dobbs all are possibilities with Dobbs being the obvious selection for me.