A flurry of activity in Cleveland yesterday has somewhat stunned the NFL crowd while giving Browns fans some hope. Coming off of an 0-16 season, this is exactly what this city needs.
They shipped Kizer to Green Bay while also acquiring Tyrod Taylor from Buffalo. They traded for Jarvis Landry too. The offense is shaping up in Cleveland. Is Taylor the future for the Browns? Probably not. But he’ll hold the fort down until the QB-in-waiting is ready. Yesterday, they made these deals while maintaining all of their picks in the first 2 rounds. They have 4 of the first 35 picks, including #1 & #4.
Taylor under center, Landry and Gordon at WR, Crowell and Duke Johnson in the backfield. That’s already a solid start. The general consensus is that they’ll take Saquon Barkley with the first pick, then the best QB available with pick #4. If true, one would assume that one of the RBs has to go. I love Duke Johnson’s versatility. And I think Crowell has better trade value. I see more moves coming for the Browns.
As far as drafting a QB goes, there are options this year. Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Sam Darnold, Luke Falk, Riley Ferguson. All of these could potentially start this season for an NFL team, depending on who drafts them. It will be interesting to see what the Browns do here.
I never thought all eyes would be on Cleveland when discussing football, but here we are. A couple weeks ago, I blogged about Kirk Cousins and what his options were. If you read it, you may remember that I said ‘no one wants to play for Cleveland’. How quickly things change. I still don’t think Cousins lands there, but what a difference a couple weeks makes. I wonder what odds Vegas has for Cleveland making the playoffs.