CLEVELAND--Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, the Browns were sitting with the second-overall pick behind the Los Angeles Rams. Rather than try to trade up one spot to pick quarterback Jared Goff, the Browns decided to not draft quarterback Carson Wentz, but rather trade down and accumulate a plethora of draft choices.
After the recently concluded draft, the Browns added two more players from the 2017 draft and picked up another first-round pick in 2018, as well as a 2018 second-round pick from it.
So far, the Browns have added nine players as a result of the trade, with two more selections still ahead of them in 2018--the Texan's 2018 first round pick and the Eagles' 2018 second-round pick.
Let's take a look at what the Browns turned that Wentz trade into and see if the balance is tipping the Browns way or if the fact that Wentz appears to be a franchise quarterback still outweighs the number of players the Browns have added.
Cleveland sent the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft (along with a 2017 fourth-round pick) to the Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia’s first-round, third-round, and fourth-round picks in last year’s draft, Philadelphia’s first-round pick in this year’s Draft and Philadelphia’s second-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft. The fourth-round choice sent to the Eagles was traded and ultimately the Chiefs took wide receiver Jehu Wesson from Michigan with the pick (139th overall).
With Philadelphia’s 2016 first-round pick, the Browns traded down again and got Tennessee’s first-round pick and third-round pick, as well as Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick. With Tennessee’s first-round pick, Cleveland chose Corey Coleman (15th overall). With Tennessee’s third-round pick, Cleveland chose offensive tackle Shon Coleman (76th overall). Tennessee’s 2017 second-round pick, Cleveland chose quarterback DeShone Kizer (2018-52nd overall).
Cleveland packaged Philadelphia’s 2016 third-round pick and a fifth-round pick and traded them to Carolina for the Panthers’ 2016 third-, fourth- and fifth-round picks. With the third-round pick, Cleveland chose quarterback Cody Kessler (93rd overall). With the fourth-round pick, Cleveland chose safety Derrick Kindred (129th overall). With the fifth-round pick, Cleveland chose wide receiver Jordan Payton (154 overall).
Cleveland sent Philadelphia’s 2016 fourth-round pick to Oakland for the Raiders’ fourth- and fifth-round picks. With the fourth-round pick, the Browns chose receiver Ricardo Louis (114th overall). With the fifth-round pick, the Browns chose offensive tackle Spencer Drango. (168th overall).
Cleveland sent Philadelphia’s 2017 first-round pick to Houston for the Texans’ first-round picks this year and next year. With the Texans’ first-round pick, the Browns selected safety Jabrill Peppers (2017-25th overall). So the Browns now have nine players — Corey Coleman, Shon Coleman, DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler, Derrick Kindred, Spencer Drango, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton, Jabrill Peppers — as well as the Texans’ first-round pick next year and the Eagles’ second-round pick next year.
Many Browns fans are upset that the team passed on Wentz, since they need a franchise quarterback. Wentz looked pretty good as a rookie and the haul of players the Browns received in 2016 from the trade doesn't appear to be anything spectacular. However, adding Peppers and Kizer, adds more to the value. If Wentz turns into a Hall of Fame quarterback, no matter how many players the Browns received in the trade, it will be likely be a failure.
In 2011, the Browns traded the chance to take Julio Jones with the sixth-overall pick and received four picks (Phil Taylor, Brandon Weeden, Greg Little and Owen Marecic)--none are with the team.
So far, the Browns have two quarterbacks from the trade in Kessler and Kizer. No one knows what those two players will ultimately do, but having an extra first- and second-round pick in 2018 could allow them to once again have a shot at the top quarterback in the draft or allow them to have the ammunition to trade for a veteran that might be available such as Jimmy Garoppolo if they deem that Kessler and/or Kizer are nothing more than backup NFL quarterbacks.
Here's a summary of what the Browns gave up:
2016--1st round, (2nd overall pick to Eagles) -- QB Carson Wentz
2017--(4th round, 139th overall pick to Chiefs through Eagles)--WR Jehu Wesson
Here's a summary of what the Browns received, so far:
2016--1st round (15th overall) -- WR Corey Coleman
2016--3rd round (76th overall) -- OL Shon Coleman
2016-- 3rd round (93rd overall) -- QB Cody Kessler
2016-- 4th round (114th overall) -- WR Ricardo Louis
2016 -- 4th round (129th overall) -- S Derrick Kindred
2016 -- 5th round (154th overall) -- WR Jordan Payton
2016 -- 5th round (168th overall) -- OL Spencer Drango
2017 -- 1st round (25th overall) -- S Jabril Peppers
2017 -- 2nd round (52nd overall) -- QB DeShone Kizer
2018 -- 1st round (Houston Texans)
2018 -- 2nd round (Philadelphia Eagles)
Do you think Wentz's play and potential outweighs what the Browns have acquired so far from the move?