If there is any franchise in the NFL that could do with a bit of luck, then surely it is the Cleveland Browns. The team have not contended any sort of post-season football since the wildcard loss to the Steelers back in 2002 and last season they posted a 0-16-0 record, becoming only the second team in NFL history to do so. But the last few weeks have seen them make some pretty big trades while keeping their first-round pick, which fans will be hoping will turn the tide back in the teams favor.
The first big move made by GM John Dorsey saw the Browns send a fourth-rounder in the 2018 draft and a seventh-rounder in the 2019 draft to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry. This has to go down as an absolute steal by Dorsey and the Browns.
Add a player with Landry’s quality to a group that already consists of Josh Gordon and David Njoku, not to mention some talented running backs, and you have to say this was an amazing deal. If this was the only trade they made, then it would have been fair to say that they had done well but the Browns and Dorsey weren’t finished yet not by a long shot.
If you had been intending to back the Browns in 2018 by betting online, then you would have probably gotten fairly long odds of them doing well but that will have changed following these trades.
The next move Dorsey made was to land Tyrod Taylor from the Bills for a 2018 third round pick. This was an immediate upgrade to the Browns quarterback core and left a question mark hanging in the air about what they would do with their 2018 first round pick.
Dorsey then continued the trading spree by shipping starting quarterback DeShone Kizer, their 2017 second round pick, to the Packers in exchange for cornerback Damarious Randall and a swap of draft picks. The move was probably welcomed by both Randall and the Packers as another quality starting piece added to the Browns lineup.
The final trade saw the Browns send defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the Patriots in exchange for a third-round pick in 2019.
Should the Cleveland Browns draft a quarterback with their first-round pick in 2018?
The question everyone is asking is whether adding Tyrod Taylor means the Browns don’t need to draft a quarterback with their first pick in this year’s draft. Taylor is clearly an under-rated QB, having led the Bills to the postseason in 2017, but the Browns cannot and should not settle for anything other than a quarterback.
They were 32nd in the league in passing in 2017, leading to that dreadful 0-16 record. To draft anything other than a quarterback with their first-round pick will not go down well with the fans. Tyrod Taylor offers assurance to whoever the Browns draft. They can play their draft pick behind Taylor for a couple of seasons until their guy is ready for the NFL but Taylor should not be seen as the long-term solution.