I think we can say that this pick is now down to two candidates: Myles Garrett and Mitchell Trubisky. The Browns obviously need a quarterback, and I believe Trubisky is what Hue Jackson is looking for. Trubisky has his flaws, but he's very accurate and has a quick release. Jackson may envision Trubisky as his new Andy Dalton.
However, Garrett amazed at the combine, posting astronomical numbers at his size. The Browns were reportedly floored by the performance. This happened after Adam Schefter reported that the Browns have an "astronomical grade" on Garrett. Cleveland needs a pass-rusher as well, and Garrett would be an enormous upgrade.
The question is, would the Browns take Garrett over Trubisky when they're desperate for a franchise quarterback? Well, there is precedent for this, as the Texans picked Jadeveon Clowney when they really needed a signal-caller in the 2014 NFL Draft. Houston simply had Clowney way above all the quarterbacks, and that could be the case with Cleveland and Garrett. Plus, there are NFL Free Agent Rumors that the Browns could target Tyrod Taylor.
Rd. 1, Pk. 12
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
I wrote earlier that Cleveland's No. 1 overall pick would come down to Myles Garrett and Mitchell Trubisky. Well, as a Hall of Fame running back once said, they can eat their cake and eat it, too.
Trubisky, as discussed, fits Hue Jackson's offense perfectly. He seems like he'll be the first quarterback chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft, despite his inexperience. The Browns shouldn't take him at No. 1, but the value is certainly there with the 12th-overall selection. There's a good chance Trubisky will be available here, as the quarterback spots in the top 10 have completely dried up, save for the Jets at No. 6.
Rd. 2, Pk. 1
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
The Browns have major problems in their secondary. Both cornerback and safety need to be addressed. Fortunately for them, this is a deep draft for both positions.
2016 First Round Pick: Corey Coleman, Baylor (15)
2016 Offense Rankings: Total (30) Pass (28) Rush (19)
2016 Defense Rankings: Total (31) Pass (21) Rush (31)
2017 Projected Salary Cap Space: $65,636,296
(1) Griffin III ($7.5 M)
(2) Williams ($7 M)
(3)McCown ($4.3 M)
(4) Bryant ($3.5 M)
(5) Bailey ($1.6 M)
GM: Sashi Brown
Head Coach: Hue Jackson
Offensive Coordinator: Al Saunders
Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
Offensive Scheme: West Coast – Run Heavy
Defensive Scheme: 4-3, Multiple
Needs: (1)QB, (2)OL, (3)S, (4)WR, (5)CB
LEO: (1) Garrett (2) Nassib
NT: (1) Shelton (2) Wright
DT: (1) Bryant (2) Meder
DE: (1) Ogbah (2) Cooper
NFL.com Grade: 7.63 ESPN Grade: 95
NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers
Measurables: H: 6'5 W: 270 40: 4.60
The Dallas area Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior and member of an athletic family (mother, sister were college track stars, father Sean played in the NBA), big things were expected from Garrett upon his arrival in College Station. He didn't disappoint. The consensus Freshman All-American and second-team All-SEC pick had 11.5 picks as a freshman. Garrett then added finalist honors for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as the nation's top defender as a sophomore with 19.5 tackles for loss and tying for second in the FBS with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. While fighting a knee injury suffered early in 2016, Garrett was still named first-team All-American and All-SEC as a junior (15 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks) while playing in 11 games, starting just nine.
Elite edge rusher who possesses rare explosiveness and the fluid-movement skills and agility of an NBA shooting guard. Good size, but he's never likely going to be a hold-your-ground run defender, and might be best suited as an outside linebacker. However, his ability to explode into the backfield through a gap or around the edge gives him disruptive potential on every snap. Garrett still needs to fine-tune his pass-rush strategy and could stand to give more consistent effort from the start of the snap until the whistle. But his pass-rush production and athletic traits point toward an all-pro career.
Garrett’s three-year production has been incredible since stepping onto campus as true freshman in 2014 and he’s played through injury this year to post the fourth overall grade among edge defenders at 90.3. An explosive pass-rusher, the big question for Garrett has surrounded his work in the run game but he’s answer the call this year with an 85.2 grade that ranks fourth in the nation. Garrett has all the tools and the on-field resume to be a star.
The Browns selected DE Emmanuel Ogbah in last years draft with the 32nd overall pick and also spent a 12th overall pick in 2015 on NT Danny Shelton, both have shown potential and with the hiring of Gregg Williams and the transition to a 43 defense, the same scheme they played in at their respective colleges, they should take a step forward in their progression.
I really like Allen here, but I don't get paid to make these picks, so I have to consied to what "the team" needs/ wants. So far by most reports the Browns love the 6'5 270 DE. Garrett possesses Clowney type freakish ability. While, in my eyes, Garrett does not possess the run stopping ability of Allen. I think his pass rush ability will ultimately lead him twinning out over Allen, much like Miller over Dareus in 2011 or Clowney over Mack&Donald in 2014.
Garrett would come in and take over at LEO and play the 7&9 Tech, moving Ogbah to DE, at 275 Ogbah should not have too much trouble in a 5&7 Tech. This setup will also give the browns a nice rotation with 3rd round pick Carl Nassib in the rotation too. Unless cut, this move would also push DE Desmond Bryant in to DT, which should not be an issue at 290. Leaving Shelton to fill the NT role, which is no issue.
Cleveland grabs its quarterback. The Browns preferred Jared Goff last year to Carson Wentz, and Watson has some similarities to Goff in terms of college system and skill set. <br> <br>
I personally think Watson is a third-round prospect, but there are a lot of quarterback-desperate teams that could push him higher than where he should go. I know multiple playoff teams that are grading him in Round 3. One said they had him as a third-, fourth-rounder. A couple other teams told me they grade him in Round 2, but wouldn't be surprised if Watson was taken late in Round 1, like the Vikings did with Teddy Bridgewater in the 2014 NFL Draft. We've seen a long track record of desperation trigging huge quarterback reaches this decade with the likes of Jared Goff, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Jake Locker. Thus, Watson still has a shot at going early in the 2017 NFL Draft. <br> <br>
In 2016, Watson completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He had nine rushing touchdowns as well. Watson turned in a few subdued performances this season against Auburn, Troy, Georgia Tech and Louisville. However he played much better during the final month of the regular season and the postseason. <br> <br>
A problem for Watson in 2016 was poor accuracy in the first two-thirds of the season. He has lots of room for improvement with his field vision and ball placement. Watson missed wide-open receivers for scores throughout the season. He also is undersized and didn't play in a pro-style offense. The Clemson offense predetermined where Watson would throw pre-snap, so he will need to learn to make reads for the NFL. Watson is great off the field with work ethic, character, leadership skills, and loving football. <br> <br>
As a sophomore, Watson (6-2, 205) made some beautiful passes and was a big-time point producer. Watson played really well in 2015 to lead Clemson to the National Championship game, and in that title tilt, he threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns against an Alabama defense that featured tons of future NFL talent. In 2015, Watson completed 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On the ground, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry for 1,105 yards with 12 scores.
QB: (1) Trubisky (2) Kessler
NFL.com Grade: 6.86 ESPN Grade: 87
NFL Comparison: Matthew Stafford
Measurables: H: 6'3 W: 220 40: 4.77
Despite being ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country by one recruiting service, Trubisky had to bide his time before getting on the field for the Tar Heels. Marquise Williams took the helm for four years in Chapel Hill, relegating the Mr. Ohio Football to a reserve role (82 of 125 for 1,014 yards, 11 touchdowns, five interceptions in 2014-2015). Trubisky had a breakout 2016 season, but only received third-team All-ACC honors because of the presence of the top two Heisman Trophy vote-getters (Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson). He ranked fifth in the country with a 68.0 completion percentage, threw 30 touchdowns against just six picks, and averaged 288 passing yards per contest. The dual-threat part of his game also came out in 2016, as he ran for 308 yards (net of lost sack yardage) and five scores.
Trubisky is a high-end quarterback prospect who possesses NFL size, a big arm and the ability to throw with accuracy from the pocket or on the move. Despite playing in a spread-based offense, he's a full-field reader who does a very good job of getting an early read on the safeties before crafting his course of action. Trubisky will have to become much more pocket aware and do a better job of recognizing and attacking blitzes to back NFL defensive coordinators off. He hasn't put all the pieces together yet, but the puzzle is all right in front. Trubisky projects as a good starting quarterback with a high floor and the potential to be great.
As our analysts go back and review each prospect, Trubisky continues to build momentum as he showed the arm to drive the ball outside the numbers and the pocket movement to create plays when pressured. He only has one year of action at UNC, raising questions about his coming out of school, but his talent is evident and worth a first-round investment. While there’s more good than bad to Trubisky’s game, he often left a few plays on the table in each game so there’s still room for improvement after posting an 84.4 overall grade that ranked 11th in the nation in 2016.
I am a firm believer that this team believes that RGIII can still make a comeback and become something at least a fraction of what he was his rookie year but it never hurts to buy into some insurance with someone who might need an adjustment period but can be a seriously good player. Would not surprise me however if the team would trade this pick away to someone hungry for a first round pick such as the Vikings who traded out of the first for Sam Bradford. Especially with the rumors going around of the two teams working out a big deal in which the details still are unknown. Kizer at the start of the season was made out to be the best Quarterback in the draft before the rise of one year starter Mitch Trubisky. Kizer has the arm strength, accuracy and field IQ that will make him a quality starter but might be hidden in the QB depth chart at first while they give RGIII one last chance.
The Browns could use a third cornerback to go with Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor. <br> <br>
Humphrey has height, length and athleticism. The 6-foot, 197-pounder is a very good cover corner with size, quick feet, loose hips to turn and run, and physicality. He is very good at running the route and preventing separation. The one flaw that Humphrey has is playing the ball as there are receptions he allows when he is in good position but doesn't play the ball well over him. That could be corrected with good coaching. Surveying teams across the league, Humphrey and Marcus Lattimore are the consensus top corners. <br> <br>
Humphrey totaled 33 tackles with two tackles for a loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups in 2016. To open the year, Humphrey put together an excellent game against USC as he shut down wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, holding him to one catch for nine yards. Humphrey also had an interception returned 18 yards for a touchdown and a tackle for a loss in the contest. He put together an ugly game against Ole Miss in that he was constantly in good position, but failed to play the ball well and allowed some big plays downfield. <br> <br>
After redshirting in 2014, Humphrey had an excellent debut to help Alabama win the 2015 season's National Championship. He earned a starting job across from Cyrus Jones and was the Crimson Tide's top corner. In 2015, Humphrey totaled 45 tackles with three interceptions and eight passes broken up. He was an Alabama legacy as the son of Bobby Humphrey, a former first-rounder who played for the Dolphins and Broncos.