Browns Front Office Has Huge Test Ahead

Photo Credit: Raymond Bosak

Photo Credit: Raymond Bosak

 

The Cleveland Browns have a HUGE draft ahead. Following an abysmal 1-15 season, where they burned through five quarterbacks, and Terrelle Pryor, Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta are in job saving mode now. With seemingly just one rookie from the 2016 class making contributions (Emmanuel Ogbah), the analytics driven front office will have nine picks and around $80 million in cap room to use to fix this mess. Obviously, resigning Pryor and Jamie Collins are major priorities, but again, keeping Mitchell Schwartz, Tashaun Gipson and Alex Mack were priorities last year too. The quarterback position is AGAIN the focus of the offseason, but this QB class isn’t too appealing. DeShone Kizer is the projected number one QB, but Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson may take that spot with a great performance against Alabama in the National Championship game on January 9th. My personal favorite is Mitch Trubisky, but I don’t get asked for my opinion. Unfortunately, I think Mitch will be heading to San Francisco at number two, or Chicago at number three.

So what options do we have left? Well, you can still draft a QB. Brad Kaaya (Miami, FL), Cooper Rush (Central Michigan) and Brady Gustafson (Montana) would be great for a flier in the middle to late rounds. Of course, they can still draft Trubisky at one, but we’d miss out on Jonathan Allen (DE, Alabama) who is possibly the best player in the draft. We can try the RGIII experiment….again. We can give Kessler a a chance, which isn’t a popular opinion from what I’ve seen.

There are plenty of options elsewhere, like free agent Mike Glennon from Tampa Bay. He wouldn’t cost a lot, and he’s reasonably young with a big arm. Or, we can trade our number 12 pick and either our 5th rounder this year or 4th rounder next year, to New England for unproven Jimmy Garoppolo. That’s right, the previous heir to the throne in New England is reportedly available. I’m sorry, but I don’t want someone that all of a sudden is available after years of being told he’s not. Bill isn’t stupid. Either draft one or sign one. DO NOT trade for an unwanted, unproven QB, considering all of the holes that need filled.

We’ll get into the QB picture later, but for now, I present to you Ray’s Big Board 2017. I’ve picked out 45 players that I think can make an impact one way or another for the Browns. I’m obviously going to watch the films and update this list as we keep getting closer to the draft. So please, enjoy and remember that this is just the first one. Be patient.

 

Rank Player Position School Height Weight Proj. Round
1 Jonathan Allen DE Alabama 6-3 291 1
2 Reuben Foster ILB Alabama 6-1 236 1
3 Mitch Trubisky QB North Carolina 6-3 220 1
4 Malik Hooker FS Ohio State 6-2 205 1
5 Tim Williams OLB Alabama 6-3 252 1
6 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC 6-2 220 1
7 Derek Barnett DE Tennessee 6-3 265 1
8 Corey Davis WR Western Michigan 6-3 215 1
9 Desmond King CB Iowa 5-10 203 1
10 Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin 6-5 314 1
11 Garett Boles OT Utah 6-5 296 1
12 Pat Elflein C Ohio State 6-2 300 1-2
13 Ryan Anderson OLB Alabama 6-2 253 2
14 Dion Dawkins OT Temple 6-5 320 2
15 Brad Kaaya QB Miami (FL) 6-4 210 2-3
16 Gareon Conley CB Ohio State 6-0 195 2-3
17 Antonio Garcia OT Troy 6-6 302 2-3
18 Tyler Orlosky C West Virginia 6-3 295 2-3
19 Lowell Lotulelei DT Utah 6-2 310 2-3
20 Taylor Moton OT Western Michigan 6-5 328 2-3
21 Curtis Samuel WR/HB Ohio State 5-11 200 2-3
22 Tyquan Lewis DE Ohio State 6-3 260 2-3
23 Kevin King CB Washington 6-3 192 3
24 Conor McDermott OT UCLA 6-8 310 3-4
25 Chad Wheeler OT USC 6-6 310 4
26 Montravius Adams DT Auburn 6-3 309 4
27 Obi Melifonwu SS UConn 6-3 216 4
28 Brandon Facyson CB Virginia Tech 6-1 191 4
29 Dan Skipper OT Arkansas 6-9 319 4
30 Erik Magnuson OT Michigan 6-5 305 4-5
31 Keionta Davis DE Chattanooga 6-3 270 4-5
32 Will Holden OT Vanderbuilt 6-7 313 5
33 Lorenzo Jerome FS Saint Francis (PA) 5-11 195 5-6
34 Isaac Asiata OG Utah 6-3 323 5-6
35 Levon Meyers OT Northern Illinois 6-5 309 5-6
36 Billy Brown WR Shepherd Univ. (WV) 6-4 236 5-6
37 Derek Rivers DE Youngstown State 6-4 255 6
38 Storm Norton OT Toledo 6-8 306 6
39 De’Veon Smith HB Michigan 5-11 228 6
40 John Johnson FS Boston College 6-0 202 6
41 Cooper Rush QB Central Michigan 6-3 230 6-7
42 Nate Theaker OT Wayne State (MI) 6-5 305 7
43 Jon Heck OT North Carolina 6-6 300 7
44 Michael Dun OT Maryland 6-5 300 7-FA
45 Brady Gustafson QB Montana 6-6 235 7-FA

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Raymond Bosak About Raymond Bosak

Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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