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Who will the Browns draft with their two 1st round picks (#1 and 4)?
As a result of having the NFL's worst record for a second straight year, the 2017 winless Browns have two prime 1st round picks at #1 and 4 as well as the first pick in the 2nd round (33rd pick overall). Who will they draft?
With a new, yet experienced GM in place (John Dorsey) former KC Chiefs GM with a winning record 43-21 and a new front office staff in place, the Browns are sitting pretty with two first and three second round picks.
We all know the Browns are still in need of that franchise potential QB after DeShone Kizer was disappointing with just 11 TDs and a league-leading 22 interceptions. However, Kizer did prove to be durable, proved he can run and has arm strength, but he committed too many red zone turnovers that cost Cleveland that precious win(s) they desperately needed.
There's a lot of debate early-on who will they draft in Round 1. The two well-known draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay agree that Cleveland will draft RB Saquon Barkley (5' 11", 228) who helped Penn State finish 11-2 after he rushed for 1271 yards scoring 18 TDs, averaging a whopping 5.9 yards a carry.
As for who the Browns will selected with the coveted #1 pick Kiper and McShay disagree. McShay believes the Browns will select USC's Sam Darnold (6' 4", 220). Darnold threw 26 TDs vs. 13 INTs for 4143 yards on a USC team that finished 11-3.
Meanwhile Mel Kizer believes Browns will select Josh Allen (Wyoming) who's an AFC North sized right at 6'5" 233. He like Darnold is a 2-year starter as was DeShone Kizer. Allen this season threw 16 TDs vs. 6 INTs with a QBR of 127.8. The year before Allen threw 28 TDs to 15 INTs.
A key deciding factor is what veteran QB will they trade for or sign as a free agent. Many believe it will be Alex Smith who Dorsey brought to KC. Alex Smith is now now 33 and had a career year with 26 TDs vs. 5 INTs while throwing for 4042 yards. Another veteran QB possibility is Sam Bradford who lost his job to Case Keenum who is one win away from getting his Viking team to the Super Bowl.
With an improving defense in place thanks to former #1 draft pick Myles Garrett, Danny Shelton, Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert and Carl Nassib combined with having Josh Gordon back on the field to compliment Corey Coleman and Duke Johnson, Dorsey trading for Alex Smith would be a win difference maker immediately.
By getting a veteran QB in trade will allow whatever QB Cleveland drafts and Kizer not to be rushed. Kizer likely will remain and have the opportunity to compete for the back-up job.
It's time for the Browns to go with experienced QB and speed-up the rebuilding process to quickly alleviate the pain of their long-suffering fans. Dorsey is respected and known as a "Scouts scout."
Brown fans should take some comfort in knowing he and the Browns reconstructed front office with the additions of Alonzo Highsmith (VP of Player Personnel) and Eliot Wolf (as in Ron Wolf) as Assistant GM will primarily be making the all-important draft picks and not like in the past when a Harvard-educated Lawyer Sashi Brown who passed on two too many good young QBs made such key decisions without having any relevant NFL experience.