Hue says Browns playing to win, not to lock up No. 1 pick

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The Browns have spent most of the season atop the NFL waiver wire, and they’re one loss away from clinching the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

But when the subject of the Browns potentially trying to lock up the No. 1 pick this Sunday instead of trying to beat a Steelers team that’s going to sit its headliners was brought up in Jackson’s Wednesday press conference, Jackson insisted that the Browns are focused on Sunday — and not on April.

“Oh no, we are trying to win a game,” Jackson said, per the team’s official transcript. “That talk, we don’t even get into. Like I said before, these guys have worked so hard that every chance you go out there, you are trying to win.

“All of that will take care of itself on how it all unfolds. First pick, second pick, third pick, there are good players every year. We are going to be at the top of the draft regardless of how we finish. We will be fine that way.”

At 1-14, the Browns are guaranteed to pick either No. 1 or No. 2 in the 2017 draft. They also have the Eagles’ first-round pick, which could end up being in the top 10. The only other team that could get the top pick is the 49ers, who are 2-13 headed into their season finale vs. the Seahawks.

The 49ers would likely get the No. 1 pick via the strength of opponent tiebreaker if the 49ers and Browns finish with the same record, so there were Browns fans watching closely when Colin Kaepernick ran for a late two-point conversion last week to give the 49ers their second win of the season.

While Jackson acknowledged that in some years the draft produces a clear-cut top prospect, he said he’s still not thinking about the draft just yet.

“I think history has proven that [having the No. 1 pick can matter], but I don’t think that I can get caught up in that,” he said. “I don’t think the team can get caught up in that. Our message is to go out and play and win. That is all we are interested in.

“I don’t know much about this draft yet and how it is going to unfold. That is not what I am concerned about. I am concerned about getting this team ready to play and go win.”

39 responses to “Hue says Browns playing to win, not to lock up No. 1 pick

  1. So we’re all going to stand around while the Browns destroy two more top 10 players. That is a thing that is going to happen apparently.

  2. Silly Hue.
    Such a perfect fit.
    Such a “Browns way” approach.. completely wrong as usual.
    That win won’t me squat come May. The first overall will.

  3. All the attention goes to the first round and the number one pick, but championship teams are built in the later rounds. The Browns had like 14 or 15 picks last year, and they have a bunch this year too. They should be putting together a good young team that should be competitive in two or three years. Only time will tell. Nobody was making a big fuss the day New England drafted Tom Brady, nobody was jumping up and down when San Francisco got Montana in the 3rd round, and nobody even noticed when Dallas got Dak Prescott. We’re all too busy talking about who went #1. It doesn’t matter.

  4. Jerry will claim Manziel on waivers.

    Jimmy Haslem will be walking into a bank to cash his Flying J rebate checks.

    Some HOBO will tell Jimmy that God told him in a dream that Johnny is fixed.

    Haslem trades both number ones to Dallas for Manziel.

    Manziel is suspended by week 2 of the preseason

    Rinse repeat

  5. Pretty dismal if you happen to be the number one or two draft picks. Neither the Browns nor the 49ers are anywhere near turning things around. But I guess that’s how the parity system works; unless your name is Manning and the owners name is Mara.

  6. Then he’s a fool. Winning does what for you? 1-15, 2-14, whats the difference? First pick? MUCH more important. But they’ll probably win and screw that up as well. Can’t even lose right…

  7. It all depends on what San Fran wants. Either way, the Browns aren’t spending a 1 or 2 on a QB. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade down again for more picks. Fix the o-line and let your arm survive the season and you’ll be ok.

  8. What else do you expect him to say?

    “Yes, we suck. Yes, we want the first pick. SO we aren’t going to try. IN fact, any fans out there want to play? Show up 1 hr before the game at the back door of Heinz Field. Bring your own jersey”

  9. If the Browns lose this Sunday the 49ers should make a frivolous complaint to the NFL so Wells can do another $4M investigation.

  10. Tanking isn’t done in the NFL despite what Florio has written about with his “Suck for Luck” creation. Everyone is graded on their performance and no one wants bad film on them. Who benefited outside of the owner had their been a “Suck for Luck”? Everyone from the GM to the coach got fired. Doesn’t seem rational to think they would risk their jobs to get a certain draft pick that they will never get to make.

  11. I feel for the Browns. Great fans and a great history, but since they came back to the league, its been a disaster. Based on recent drafts, this will be effed up somehow.

    This season, IRG3 was not the answer, neither was McCown or Kessler. They have/had some pieces but when they are onto something, the player leaves in free agency (Travis Benjamin and others.)

    Their MoneyBall front office dealings may be something, but in a division with the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals almost guarantees they finish third or fourth annually.

  12. Stupid steelers. Take a page out of giants book. Haven’t they ever seen the longest yard? You need a tune up game. One where you beat the crap out of a division 3 opponent to make you feel good about yourselves.

  13. “I think history has proven that having the No. 1 pick doesn’t necessarily matter all that much” opined retired coach Jeff Fisher.

  14. As a Steelers fan this rivalry hasn’t been the same since the Browns moved to Baltimore…

    I almost root for the Browns to turn it around. They have been bad for so long.

  15. buckybadger says:
    Dec 29, 2016 4:04 AM
    Tanking isn’t done in the NFL despite what Florio has written about with his “Suck for Luck” creation. Everyone is graded on their performance and no one wants bad film on them. Who benefited outside of the owner had their been a “Suck for Luck”? Everyone from the GM to the coach got fired. Doesn’t seem rational to think they would risk their jobs to get a certain draft pick that they will never get to make.

    – – – – – – –

    The smart way to tank is to do what Tampa Bay did a few years ago. They were up, I believe it was 21-7, on the Saints in the last game. And you are correct, players aren’t going to “tank”.

    So what did the Bucs do?

    They took all of their impact starters out, and lo and behold, the Saints came back and won the game. TB received the #1 overall pick. Mission accomplished.

  16. bills72284 says:
    Dec 28, 2016 9:17 PM
    Funny how the first Cleveland team moved and won 2 super bowls…maybe thats the way to rebuild
    ———————————————————————————————-

    The first Cleveland team is back in L.A.

  17. TANK YOU DUMMIES! Nobody will care or remember if you were 1-15 or 2-14, nobody. Wrap up the number one pick. You need that a whole lot more than a meaningless victory.

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