Browns would be picking first and seventh in 2018 NFL Draft

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The Browns haven’t won this year, and they weren’t even on the field last night, but they still got some good news.

With the Texans losing to the Ravens, the draft portfolio of the Browns went up in value. Since it’s almost December and most of these teams don’t have anything better to think about, we might as well look at the current order of picks for the 2018 NFL Draft.

If the season ended today, the Browns would pick first and seventh. Also, a lot of people would be wondering: “Why did the season end on the Tuesday after Week 12?”

The Browns, of course, top the list based on their 0-11 record. The 49ers (1-10) are second, followed by the Giants (2-9), Broncos (3-8), Colts (3-8), and Bears (3-8).

The pick the Texans (4-7) owe the Browns as part of the Deshaun Watson trade would be seventh, followed by the Jets (4-7), Dolphins (4-7), and Buccaneers (4-7).

Draft order ties are broken using strength of schedule (and the order shown here is based on 16-game strength of schedule calculation). Although strength seems like a relative term considering this bunch.

76 responses to “Browns would be picking first and seventh in 2018 NFL Draft

  1. The Browns could have the first ten picks of the draft and would still go winless, or maybe win one game next year.

  2. “6 of the top 66 picks” is going to be the Browns warrior chant come 2018.
    Keep up the faith Browns fans.

  3. For all the talk about the amount of draft picks the Browns have does it really matter?

    They still have to draft good players with them and that’s something that’s eluded them to this point.

    I think I’d much rather have one of the best young QBs in Watson than the 7th overall pick or the potential MVP in Wentz and the 32nd pick than the 1st any day.

    Browns have to prove they can put together a team with these picks. Something that Justin Gilbert and Johnny Football would tell you precludes them from doing so

  4. The Browns are going to make a lot of people start talking about a rules change. Maybe they can make a rule where you can’t have the number 1 pick two years in a row. Or they can have a draft lottery for the first five picks. Has Jimmy Haslam reached for the reset button yet?

  5. I won’t matter. The Browns could have 10 of the first 10 picks and it still wouldn’t matter. How many times have they had top ten picks, or multiple first round picks in the last 15 years? And they still finish dead last, every single year. They could have had Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Bridgewater, Carr, Garappolo, Goff, Wentz, and that’s just the QBs. How many other superstars did they pass on? This team doesn’t know how to draft, so give them all 32 first round picks, it just won’t matter.

  6. The Browns use their draft picks so well the upcoming draft should put them over the top.Will they trade back and get 52 5th round picks ? Or will they draft another bad QB ? I can hardly wait.

  7. Does that just mean it extends the available talent a couple of spots lower for everyone else, while the Browns blow their picks? Maybe they can pass on a couple more good QB prospects in favor of yet more draft picks (that won’t pan out for them anyway).

  8. It would behoove them to hire a reputable football guy and allow THEM to pick the players. Allowing the lawyer and the baseball guy to pick college football players may NOT be a great idea

  9. Say what you want about the Browns *now*, but they look like they’re going to be the real deal in the future.

    I think Kizer will be legit. They have a good OLine and a good defense. Add two top 10 picks and you might see one of the biggest turn arounds next season.

    But they need to get rid of those orange jersey’s.

    No I’m not from Cleveland and I’m not a Browns fan.

  10. They will reach on a bad QB as an overreaction to the Wentz, Watson and Goff criticism they are hearing this year. They are in the unique position to take 2 top QB prospects. They should.

  11. At this point, they might as well embrace the suck for at least one more season.

    However, knowing the Browns, they and the Texans will win some meaningless games in December and blow their draft position. Or if they get the top pick, the best quarterback available will have huge bust potential.

  12. They should draft Josh Rosen at 1 and Josh Allen at 7. They could ruin rookie QBs at twice the pace!

    Honestly, do your homework and pick the best overall players at 1 and 7. They need help everywhere. More importantly, they need to overpay in free agency and get some veterans that know how to win. Even if they nail both of these picks, rookies cannot be expected to carry the team out of the pit of misery.

  13. .
    In the last two years the Browns have passed on Wentz, Goff, and Watson. Not only are these guys good, they have the “Wow Factor”, which means they make you say, “wow” after watching them play.
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  14. They should get Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman the ball as much as possible for the rest of the year to show prospective free agent QBs that this could be a great place to play QB. Draft some defense and good O-linemen to round out the team and throw as much money as it takes to land Cousins or Garappolo. And maybe shake up the coaching staff.

  15. So…here’s a question…say the Browns lose all their remaining games. Their two year W-L record would be 1-31. Does that make them the WORST team in NFL history and get the Bucs off the hook? (They were 2-26 for the 1976-1977 seasons0

  16. piscataquis007 says:

    November 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I won’t matter. The Browns could have 10 of the first 10 picks and it still wouldn’t matter. How many times have they had top ten picks, or multiple first round picks in the last 15 years? And they still finish dead last, every single year. They could have had Roethlisberger, Rodgers, Bridgewater, Carr, Garappolo, Goff, Wentz, and that’s just the QBs. How many other superstars did they pass on? This team doesn’t know how to draft, so give them all 32 first round picks, it just won’t matter.

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    Bridgewater? LOL!!!

  17. Might as well trade both of those picks for future picks from teams that actually draft well because we know they will waste them otherwise. Or, they could just draft two QB’s with both picks and ruin two promising QB’s future in the NFL.

  18. Great. Another year where tremendous draft capital is in the hands of allocators who would invest their own money based off stock tips they got on a Yahoo message board.

    I feel for Browns fans. This team should be stacked with talent by now.

  19. Has the homeless guy who suggested Manziel been reached for comment yet?
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    2014 called and wants its post back.

  20. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    November 28, 2017 at 10:19 am
    So…here’s a question…say the Browns lose all their remaining games. Their two year W-L record would be 1-31. Does that make them the WORST team in NFL history and get the Bucs off the hook? (They were 2-26 for the 1976-1977 seasons)

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    I would say yes. The Bucs were an expansion team when they lost all those games. They landed Doug Williams and improved to 5-11 in 1978 (that’s also the year the schedule went to 16 games). In 1979, they improved to 10-6, went to the playoffs, and lost the NFC Championship Game to the Rams.

    Williams was a difference maker at QB, strong arm, mentally and physically tough.

    For this 2-year period, the Browns are probably worse than the expansion Bucs. The Browns front office manages like they were acquired in an expansion draft.

    But the real test is next year. In year 3, the Bucs had landed a quality starter at QB and became a competent offense to go along with their already strong defense. That gives them an edge on both sides of the ball vs. the current Browns.

    Unless the Browns land a legitimate NFL QB (by trade or draft) and go at least 4-12 or 5-11 next year, they will absolutely clinch the record for worst 3-year stretch of futility in pro football history.

    Since the Bucs came within 9 points of a Super Bowl appearance in their 4th year, I’d say the Browns already have the record for 4+ year stretch of poor performance.

  21. In 2016, the Moneyball GM, Sashi Brown, was patting himself on the back for bilking the Eagles out of draft picks for the #2 pick. His baseball statistics told him that it was better to get draft picks than Carson Wentz. Even if they kept the pick, they probably would have chosen Paxton Lynch or Christian Hackenberg

  22. Completely forgot that the 49ers already have Jimmy G… so, the best available QB from the 2018 NFL draft would be BAKER MAYFIELD/Okie Sooners, who has the best 3-year stats; whereas, both Josh Rosen (three years at UCLA) and Sam Darnold (who has only played two years at USC, and thereby, should return/stay in school another year) have far-less stellar stats than Mayfield.

    Mayfield would be a good upgrade from Kizer. Don’t even blink on this, Cleveland.

  23. Why is that good news for the Browns? They could pick 1st for the next 10 years and it won’t help that pathetic organization.

  24. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    November 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

    They should be kicked out of the league
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    The owner definitely should. He’s not even trying to win.

  25. charliecharger says:
    November 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Has Jimmy Haslam reached for the reset button yet?
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    Why would he? He’s making out like a bandit. Literally.

  26. Notice how when they have draft picks, they affect every other team in a positive manner? Don’t take Watson or Wentz so they end up going to different teams and make them playoff contenders. Meanwhile the Browns still draft poorly. How much do the Browns get paid to keep drafting the way they do?

    The league is better when the Browns are good but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

  27. Love the revisionist historians here. As I recall, they didn’t pass on Goff, he was off the board. I won’t harp on the players this regime has passed on, there seems to be no lack of that narrative by the talking heads or the armchair GMs. Let’s look at the players they did draft.
    Corey Coleman injury prone thus far, likely overdrafted, could settle in as a competent #2 WR.
    Emmanuel Ogbah looks like a solid starter thus far.
    Carl Nassib looks like a rotational player thus far. Has shown flashes.
    Shon Coleman. At least a solid backup. May still grow into a solid starter at RT.
    Cody Kessler shows all the signs of being a bust.
    Joe Schobert is developing into a solid starter.
    Ricardo Louis looks like a fringe receiver at best.
    Derricks Kindred appears to be a serviceable starting SS and may end up being a solid backup in the future.
    Seth Devalve appears to be a serviceable starting TE and may be moved to #2 TE in future.
    Spencer Drango is a competent backup G/T
    Rashad Higgins bust.
    Trey Caldwell bust.
    Scooby Wright bust.
    Myles Garrett looks to be a blue chip player.
    Jabrill Peppers has been playing out of position due to the lack of a Free Safety. May improve if he moves to SS.
    David Njoku looks like at least a solid move TE. May develop into a Starter.
    DeShone Kizer has shown improvement this year. At least may develop into a solid backup. Still could develop into a starter.
    Larry Ogunjobi solid rotational DT may develop into a starter.
    Howard Wilson season over before it began. Unknown so far.
    Rod Johnson never panned out as a backup OT Bust.
    Caleb Brantley a gamble that panned out. He’s a solid rotational DT who may grow into a starter in time.
    Zane Gonzalez played well in the preseason has been inconsistent since. Will likely face competition next year.
    Matt Dayes has been a solid pick at kick returner and has been unable to see the field much as a RB.
    All in all, the drafts have been solid, if unspectacular. Out of 24 picks, 7 are gone or are likely to be off the roster by the end of camp next year. Those are better results than Ray Farmer and Joe Banner can claim.

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