Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE/OLB, Texas A&M: A Grade
I'm going to assume that Myles Garrett will be Cleveland's pick. If the Browns are foolish enough to pass on him for a mediocre quarterback prospect who has made 13 college starts, I will change this grade to something far, far worse.
I'd normally mark something like this down as a B+. "A" grades are generally reserved for great value picks. This selection doesn't provide value, but it's the right one. The Browns need defensive talent on their roster, and Garrett would provide them with a dynamic pass-rusher, which is something they currently lack. Garrett is the best player in this draft, making this selection a no-brainer.
Or, at least it should've been. The Browns apparently had some sort of conflict, where the front office wanted to draft Mitchell Trubisky. This would've been a huge mistake, so given that the Browns haven't been the smartest franchise in professional sports, they deserve bonus points for finally getting something right. Hence, the "A" grade.
*** If the Browns pick Mitchell Trubisky: *** THE WORST DRAFT PICK EVER Grade
There is no Millen grade that will do this justice. It's quite simply the worst draft pick ever made. The Browns' coaching staff and scouts want Myles Garrett, yet the baseball front office has ignored all of the football people and selected a mediocre quarterback prospect over a "can't miss" edge rusher.
I don't understand how the Browns haven't learned the mistakes other teams have made in the recent past, like the Jaguars selecting Blaine Gabbert one pick prior to J.J. Watt, or the Jaguars selecting Blake Bortles two picks prior to Khalil Mack, or the Vikings choosing Christian Ponder two picks before Robert Quinn. Reaching for a pedestrian quarterback over an elite edge rusher has never worked. Never. And yet, the Browns are doing this with the No. 1 overall pick!
What's crazy is that the Cleveland front office is aware that its analytics can't determine how good quarterbacks are yet. This is actually true. They've been concerned that the analytics determined Jared Goof was better than Carson Wentz, and that Cody Kessler was a third-round prospect. With that in mind, why in the world are they reaching for Trubisky when their analytics are not yet configured properly? This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen in my life. Ever.
Congratulations, Browns. You've cemented yourselves as the worst team in professional sports history. No. The worst team in organized sports history. That's right - the local Pee Wee team, featuring the one kid picking boogers instead of covering opposing receivers, is more competent than the Browns.
Let's finish off this grade with this meme, which says it all (thanks, Abhi S.):