Browns could have two full drafts’ worth of picks in 2017

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The Browns are loading up on future draft picks, to such an extent that they think they might end up with the equivalent of two full drafts in 2017.

By trading down from No. 2 to No. 8, and then again from No. 8 to No. 15, the Browns acquired the Eagles’ first-round pick in 2017 and the Titans’ second-round pick in 2017. The Browns also have the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2018. Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta said after the first round that they love what they’re set up to do in next year’s draft.

“It is nice to space them out a little bit so they’re not all in one year so you’re not banking everything one particular draft class,” DePodesta said. “As we sit here now, we have extra picks in 2017 and 2018, and in fact in 2017, I think we have two firsts, two seconds and we may end up with two thirds, a couple of fourths. We literally may have, in effect, two drafts next year within the first four rounds at least. Then, we also have an extra second rounder in 2018.”

By suggesting the Browns could end up with extra third- and fourth-round picks, DePodesta may be indicating that the Browns are open for business with tonight’s first pick. Cleveland might trade down in the second round tonight and pick up a third-round pick next year. The Browns are also in line for compensatory picks next year.

DePodesta did acknowledge, of course, that all those picks are only valuable if you use them to draft good players.

“Look, we may use those picks to move up in the draft or do other things with,” DePodesta said. “It’s certainly a good position to be in. The most important thing at the end of the day is getting the players we want to get and the players we think are going to make a difference here.”

The Browns have already made a difference in one respect: They control the 2017 draft.

42 responses to “Browns could have two full drafts’ worth of picks in 2017

  1. Translation: We can now get any player we want for the next two seasons since our team only kinda stinks but never stinks enough for the #1 overall pick.

  2. And they will be high picks in each round. Possibly, even probably, the first overall pick next year.
    And they are undoubtedly banking salary cap dollars. Probably in 2017 or 18, it will be time to strike in the free agency market.
    In 3 years, they will be a very talented team. I am impressed by their decisions to start from scratch. And their 2 best players, Haden and Thomas are locked up at reasonable contracts for a few years yet.

  3. Most likely Podesta is trying to reference the compensatory picks they will be getting next year for letting Mack, Schwartz, Gibson, and Benjamin walk this year and not replacing them with other FAs.

  4. the browns dont control anything. Just because they have a lot of picks over the next few years doesnt mean that they have figured out how to use them effectively. look how their extra first round pick from a few years ago turned out, i mean he was literally watching this years draft from a tavern.

    this organization could draft 4 lawrence taylors and 7 walter paytons, and somehow, they would manage to turn those players into 4 brian bosworths and 7 rashaan salaams.

    so…. come talk to me when you are relevant, until then try to keep your mouth shut, children; this is a man’s league

  5. “By suggesting the Browns could end up with extra third- and fourth-round picks, DePodesta may be indicating that the Browns are open for business with tonight’s first pick. Cleveland might trade down in the second round tonight and pick up a third-round pick next year.”

    Or it could be the fact that they are projected to have 4 or 5 compensatory draft picks next year inclining several 3rd round picks.

  6. No matter how you write the Browns will always be the Browns and I can already see the future headlines in ProFootballTalk.com in 2018 “Browns managed to throw away two full drafts” the Browns fires Sashi Brown they are in full rebuild mode and yada yada all is well with the world.

  7. Given that they have an “analytics” guy running the show the tactic of trading down and amassing picks isn’t surprising. I guess I don’t know how excited I would be as a Browns fan to have started with the 1st overall pick and end up with Corey Coleman. That isn’t a knock on Coleman but shows a potential pitfall in the strategy. Given the number of picks they have amassed it would seem a safe bet that any talk of trading joe Thomas can be put to bed.

  8. They will probably have the #1 overall pick next year too. Until Cleveland shows some intelligence in their front office I won’t believe they will be a good team.

  9. Let’s have a moment of silence to recognize all the young men who will waste away their early careers in Cleveland over the next several years…

  10. “By suggesting the Browns could end up with extra third- and fourth-round picks, DePodesta may be indicating that the Browns are open for business with tonight’s first pick.”

    Or someone who understand football would think he is referring to compensatory picks.

    So the Browns are going to lose their whole team to free agency within two years soon…

  11. I would have rather had one of the bigger WR but at least they drafted WR. I like the plan so far. Get Connor Cook tonight please. You can’t knock the fact that he’s the most experience – at a high level of competition – of all the QB’s. The arrogance label is a bit overblown I think. He wouldn’t have lasted at Michigan State as a four year starter if he was a jerk. Keep Joe Thomas to humble Cook a bit and lets get him. Then get more play makers.

  12. Isn’t that kind of a problem, to have too many? I know having good players is typically never a problem, but imagine if they did hit on several picks. 1st rounder(s) could be put off with their 5th year option, but signing several key free agents around the same time could be challenging. I’m sure it’s a problem any team would love to have though. Hopefully, they run into that problem. Browns need to be good again, one of the best fan bases in all of sports.

    – Broncos fan

  13. handsofsteelheartofstone says:

    “so…. come talk to me when you are relevant, until then try to keep your mouth shut, children; this is a man’s league”
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    I loved the Pittsburgh pick, by the way. Taking a DB, that doesn’t come close to fitting their scheme, was hilarious!

    Yes, the Cleveland Browns fans are laughing at you…

  14. Compiling the picks is one thing but I gotta see them do something with the picks. I’ve seen the Browns squander too many draft picks in recent years. I know it’s a new regime, but I gotta see it before I believe it.

  15. realfootballfan says:
    Apr 29, 2016 9:50 AM
    Lawyer and baseball nerd, nobody laughing now. These dudes are killing it so far.
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    Nobody knows if they are killing it yet. They’ve made one pick and acquire a bunch of other picks. Remember a few years ago when everyone said the Rams killed it when they acquired all those picks for what turned out to be RGIII?

    Draft picks are very hit and miss. Get back to me in 3 years then you can tell me if they killed it or missed it.

  16. This is brilliant. You have a new coach and new gm. Instead of making all the moves the first year, you evaluate the talent you have, then make changes.

    Browns thinking long term instead of a quick fix.

  17. linebacker2 says:
    Apr 29, 2016 6:59 AM
    The only thing the Browns “control” is last place. That is their home; the way it’s always been, the way it always will be.
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    A statement only a teenager could make. This kid doesn’t have a clue. Only judges by what he has seen in his very short life.

  18. The success of this strategy isn’t just going to be hitting on the picks they’ve collected. It is also going to hinge on Haslam being patient. If he panics after another less than stellar season and blows it all up again, then you’re back to square one. If he can sit back and let the team have the three year rebuild it needs, he might actually have a competitive team.

  19. I’m a Browns fan and it’s difficult to remain patient. I like the new front office however and I think they’ve got a great head coach with Hue Jackson. We’ll see if they can stay true to their own strategy.

  20. Translation: I watched the Kevin Costner movie to learn how draft. He should wait for the sequel where Costner is fired after watching his draft class become busts and/ or suspended. He becomes depressed and drinks too much. Then becomes a PGA golfer.

  21. The Cleveland Dog Piles are brilliant.

    Give up no draft choices and minimal money to acquire the Great Gimmick – former fraud of Washington – he is a guaranteed loser since he is four wins and fifteen lose producer in his last two years in games he started and finished – and he was awful in any offense that was tweaked to make him a pro style QB.

    Since he is a sack magnet, it is likely he’ll be injured again.

    The Dog Piles will go winless in 2016 and have the absolute first pick in 2017 in a college draft that will actually have talented passers unlike this draft.

    The Dog Piles are setting themselves up to draft a quality team in 2017 and 2018 while minimizing costs and asset use in 2016. They’ve been so awful for so long that another year of being awful won’t kill them. After this season, this team is primed to succeed.

    But they are the Dog Piles. They have a way of being awful even with the best intentions.

  22. I’m a Browns fan. And I’ve have watched what feels like a lifetime’s worth of bad football. I’m tempered by that to not get too excited.

    But I’m still interested. I want to see where this goes.

    Our day will come.

  23. Browns could have two full drafts’ worth of picks in 2017
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    Browns could have two full drafts’ worth of busts in 2017… There, fixed it for you.

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