The 2017 NFL draft is inching closer and closer as the days pass, and what was once thought to be a foregone conclusion has grown foggy as the date nears. The draft will be held on April 27th, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Cleveland Browns will do the honors of making the event’s first selection for the time in 17 years. Since the end of the 2016-17 regular season, it has widely been assumed that the Browns would be selecting former Texas A&M standout defensive end Myles Garrett as the number one overall pick, but recent reports suggest that North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky is creeping up in discussions.
It is easy to understand why there may be an internal struggle in regards to the coveted pick. While Myles Garrett has received astronomical reviews league-wide in terms of readiness and potential, the Browns have suffered from inconsistency at quarterback ever since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999.
Head coach Hue Jackson was brought in last season with intentions to rejuvenate an offense that has long struggled, however, even with the recent additions to the offensive line, and some solid pieces at the skill positions, the offense does need a suitable quarterback to run the offense. Rumbles around the league suggest that some members of the organization have grown very fond of Trubisky’s skill set, and would love to insert him into the franchise quarterback role.
While the Browns do have their pick of all eligible talents in this year’s draft by holding the first overall selection, they also own rights to the 12th overall pick, which they acquired from Philadelphia Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft. If the Browns were to bypass Myles Garrett at number one, it is hard to compare any of the defensive end talents that would be available at number 12 to him. Meanwhile, a quarterback such as Deshaun Watson could perhaps be preferable to Trubisky, depending on personal preference. Both are athletic quarterbacks with dual-threat abilities, but Watson is by far the more decorated collegiate quarterback. Of course, Trubisky is a native of the Cleveland area, having grown up in Mentor, Ohio.
With all storylines in play with the potential selections, it is hard to predict what will transpire on draft day. For the sake of fans’ sanity, one would hope that the fog clears sooner than later, and usually as the draft nears this is the case.
The most logical course of action would be to take Myles Garrett with the top selection. This is a team that is rather deep into its rebuild program, and top talent is a must. If a few picks pass after number one and Trubisky is still on the board, the Browns could trade up and have their cake and eat it too, so to speak. Or, they may be in the position to select Watson at number 12 (assuming Trubisky is gone). Whichever way things turn out, the draft is full of talent, the Browns have plenty of picks, and there is no longer room for error.
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