The Cleveland Browns have been one of the NFL’s most downtrodden franchises since they re-entered the league in the late 1990’s. Numerous attempts to find the right head coach, general manager, and quarterback have all failed. However, you try and try again until you get it right. The Browns are trying a new combination with new general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Bo Pettine. The missing part of that is the quarterback. Still, the Browns will feature great tickets for many great games.
The Browns drafted one of the most high profile college players ever to be their new face of the franchise when they selected Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M in with the 22nd selection overall in the first round. Manziel gives the Browns hope, although many experts believe out of all of the quarterbacks to go in the top rounds of this draft, he is the most likely to fail because of his attitude and off the field problems. Still, he will compete with Bryan Hoyer to start and at some point will get that opportunity. The Browns also had many other needs in this draft. One of those needs was cornerback, and they selected Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State with the 8 selection overall to fill that need. Gilbert has good size and has all the makings of an elite NFL cornerback. Whoever plays quarterback is going to need protection. The Browns filled this need by selection Joel Bitonio from Nevada in round two. Bitonio is a powerful guy with high upside. Next up for Cleveland was linebacker. They filled this need by selecting Christian Kirksey from Iowa in round three. After trading Trent Richardson, the Browns needed a running back. They selected Terrance West from Towson at the end of round three. West is a short but big back who is good between the tackles. With just one selection left after round three, the Browns added more depth at cornerback when they drafted Pierre Desir from Lindenwood in round four. Desir looks the part of a starter, and time will tell if he can develop into one.
Browns Football Club Through The Ages
The original Cleveland Browns franchise was actually created in 1946. Despite their recent failures, the Cleveland Browns are still one of the most tradition rich teams in NFL history. The Browns have made the playoffs 28 times, won their division 13 times, won their conference 11 times, and won their league eight times. Four of them were AAFC championships, and four are NFL championships. Throughout their history, the Browns have called just two places home. First was Cleveland Municipal Stadium where they played from 1946 until the original franchise moved to Baltimore in 1995. When they returned to the league four years later, the Browns moved into First Energy Stadium.
Whether or not Cleveland can finally get this right, this new trio should be at the very least entertaining.
This 2016 offseason, the Browns decided to clean house and take on a whole new philosophy. They hired baseball executive Paul DePodesta to be their Chief Strategy Officer. DePodesta will attempt to bring the “moneyball” style that has overtaken baseball to the NFL. The Browns also fired head coach Bo Pettine, replacing him with Hue Jackson. They also released Johnny Manziel. In addition the Browns signed much discussed quarterback Robert Griffin to be more a short term solution while they search for their long term answer.
DePodesta didn't waste any time getting started either. He wheeled and deal-ed all draft weekend, ending up with 14 draft choices. Last season the Browns pass catching was awful. So they spent five of those choices on four receivers and a tight end. In round one they drafted Corey Coleman from Baylor. In round four Ricardo Louis from Auburn. Also in round four they drafted tight end Seth DeValve from Princeton. In round five they drafted Jordan Payton from UCLA. To finish it off they drafted Rashard Higgins from Colorado State at the end of round five.