Late last week Odell Beckham Jr. was traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 17 overall pick, a third-round pick received from the Patriots, and safety Jabrill Peppers.
With this blockbuster trade, the Browns have accumulated the last piece in Odell Beckham Jr. to finish the puzzle to push them to win the AFC North in 2019.
Browns fans have been waiting for this team for years, and they’re finally here. After a 1-31 stretch where fans did everything from burn jerseys to boycott the team, those days are over.
Let’s look at the 2019 schedule for a minute. With a quick glance, you can mark down wins over the Bengals, Miami, Buffalo, San Francisco, Arizona, and the Jets. That’s an easy seven wins over teams that are undoubtedly worse than the Browns.
Looking at the remainder of the season you have the Patriots, Rams, Seahawks, Denver, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and the Titans. You can assume split figures with Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and a win over the Titans and Broncos. Then losses to the Pats, Rams, and Seahawks.
That puts them at 11-5 and most definitely a first place spot in the AFC North. The scariest part is there’s really no way they can get worse as a team, only better.
They’ve pieced together an immensely talented young roster with draft picks Baker Mayfield, Myles Garrett, Chubb, Ward, Larry Ogunjobi, Schobert, Genard Avery, and Callaway. Combine this with trades for Damarious Randall, Jarvis Landry, Jamie Collins, and now Odell Beckham Jr. After all these moves they still hold the spot as one of the top teams in the league with the most cap space.
With this room to grow, they’re also the second-youngest team in the league. Out of their roster, the 22 players that received the most snaps are all younger than 30 years old. Of the most playing defenders, only 2 were older than 26.
After having a parade for an 0-16 team only a little over a year ago, to what is to come in 2019 is incredible. To go from being dead last in not only their division but the league to being a Vegas favorite to win their division is the true definition of a turnaround.
This has been a scheme in the making for some time. One that required patience and plenty of moves for the right talent and coaching. There was plenty of mistakes along the way but after all the additions in the last years whether through draft picks, trade, or free agency, they’re finally here.