A night to sleep on the draft. I see many of you lining up to take a dive off the factory of sadness roof. It's not as bad as it appears in my honest opinion. This is the first time in my many years of watching Day 1 that I did not want to jump through the TV and strangle the entire Browns front office. Let me try and explain my thoughts on each pick.
#1 - Myles Garrett - DE - This was a no-brainer. Hands down the best player in the draft. No need for any further explanation. A +
Note: Look what the Bears gave up to pick Mitch @ 2. They moved up one slot and gave up a 3rd and 4th round this year and a 3rd next year to the 49ers. Imagine what the 49ers were wanting from the Browns to move up 10 spots. Kudos to the Browns for not caving in to the temptation of trading the farm.
#12 - Traded to Texans for #25 and a 1st rounder next year (Likely a mid-1st rounder). They could have taken Watson, Hooker, Foster or even OJ Howard. I might be able to make sense of this move. 1) They were not sold on Watson so not an option; 2) Hookers and Fosters injuries may be worse than what we know; 3) Howard should have been the pick but when the Texans dangled their #1 next year it was to much to pass on to secure more draft capitol to pick a QB next year (A much better QB class next year) Grade - A
#25 - Jabrill Peppers - S - I was a bit surprised with this pick but not disappointed based on who was on the board at the time. I see many upset because of where he went to school and how he was used. Is he overrated? To a certain degree. Is he worthy of the #25 pick overall and #1 pick next year from the Texans? I think he is. Don't forget our Buckeyes recruited him as well so Urban and his coaches saw a pretty good football player. I am taking a sit back and watch with Peppers. IMO, I think he is going to be a pleasant surprise. Grade - B+
# 29 - David Njoku - TE - (Browns traded #33 and #108) - Moved up 4 to pick, arguably, the 2nd best tight end in the draft. Would the Packers, Steelers, 49ers or Saints picked before #33? Packers - No; Steelers - I don't think so; 49ers - No! They were going to pick Reuben Foster if he was there which he was; Saints - Not sure. They went OT so this is the only question mark. If it was me and I traded up to 29, I would have picked Foster. While the Browns needed to upgrade the TE position, I think they could have picked up Butt or Hodges later in the draft, while not as athletic, they are more polished tight ends. I think they could have gotten this guy at #33 and held on to the 4th round pick. Grade - B- (Not because of talent but I'm pretty certain he would have been there today @ 33.
Overall first day grade, I give the Browns a B+. They got a day one starter at rush end; multi-purpose player that should be an upgrade at safety, day one starter and add to the return game; an athletic freak at TE that should be an upgrade to the position. Day One starter? no but should be by mid-season.
Note: Some food for thought. I think the Browns will take a QB in this draft. I think they might go after Peterman (Played in a pro-style offense at Pitt), Davis Webb out of Cal or Joshua Hobbs out of Tennessee. Also, keep in mind the FA QB class next year as well as the QB draft class. Much more fertile and the Browns will have the cap space (Brock Osweiler is only on the books for this year) and draft stock to make the necessary moves to get who they need.