Did you see the NFL Draft last night? If you’re a Cleveland Browns fan, it was an interesting night. They trade down, pick up a #1 next year from a bad team; move around to get the players they want.
The good news is, the Browns aren’t that far off from being very good. They have a lot of top end talent. They selected Justin Gilbert, the best cornerback in the draft at #8. Not bad anyway, but after some maneuvering, they ended up picking Johnny Manziel at #22. It’s easy to see Cleveland was lacking a QB over the last couple of years; note their improvement with Brian Hoyer in the lineup.
By the way, the Texans just selected a guard at #33, Xavier Su’a-Filo. And the Cowboys just traded with Washington? Why does that happen? Dallas gives Washington a 2nd and 3rd? Crazy talk. It says the Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. They won’t after giving up these picks.
The bad news is, Josh Gordon looks like he’s going away for a full season. Brian Hoyer looked pretty solid as the Browns QB, and that team might have to endure a controversy. Normally, that’s a good thing except what happens if Hoyer is BETTER than Manziel? Does Manziel play no matter what? Manziel has the giant douchebag effect, but no one knows if he can play at this level. Manziel has a lot more to prove; he seems to be working harder at marketing himself than his football abilities. While Manziel is popular, that means little in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick is a better athlete than Manziel and he’s catching a lot of heat from the niners fan base and casual fans. We didn’t even mention the Browns owner is a total ‘bag. What kind of douche fires a coach after a year; a coach that loses his starting QB?
The Browns have to produce wins, and now. No kidding. And the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals are definitely not going to make it easy on you.