Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Usually we have to wait until late September to officially declare the Cleveland Browns dead in the water, but this year, I think it's safe to make that declaration following the first five rounds of the draft. Despite a completely overhauled and new regime, the same problems the Browns have faced in recent memory will persist. There's still questions at quarterback, there's still a lack of playmakers, and there still seems to be a lack of decisive action, at least in this draft. New general manager Michael Lombardi has opted to sell off some of this season's picks to acquire higher picks in next year's draft. For instance, the Browns got out of the 111th pick of the draft (14th in the 4th round) by trading the pick to acquire Pittsburgh's 2014 3rd round pick. It's a move that helps the Browns down the road, but it limits what they can do this season. Ultimately, the trades will probably benefit the Browns down the road, and they may benefit greatly down the road, but the trades can be seen as the Browns coming to the realization that there's just too much they have on their plate for one offseason. Combine that with an overall poor draft class, and you have a front office willing to wait until next year to make its big moves. There should be hope in Cleveland. A new regime is a new birth for a team that's had more than its fair share of turmoil, but it's going to be at least another season until the Browns can think about being a competitive football team. [follow]
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6 Comments:
  • I agree. How long do we have to wait to field a competitive team? Banner and Haslam promised that "positive change would be coming soon" but by dealing valuable draft picks this year for supposedly even more valuable picks next year just proves that this regime is willing to let Browns' fan suffer even longer. I am very disappointed to hear that we passed up Ryan Nassib in the fourth round, among others but we are interested in a journeyman QB cut by New England. I will not be attending any home games this year.
  • Are you kidding me? How can you publish such a garbage article like this one? The headline itself proves your lack of football knowledge. Are you claiming that the Browns threw in the towel for this season because they traded a 4th and 5th round pick to move up next year? That statement is ridiculous! Do you actually think we would have obtained a starter for this season with those 4th and 5th round picks? Highly unlikely! The move was smart and totally set this team up for next years draft. @ TopGearRules, really dude? Ryan Nassib? He wasn't an option for the Browns in round 4, as The Giants picked him one pick before the Browns would have drafted had they not traded the pick to pittspuke! Drafting a QB this year would have been a wasted pick and would have sabotaged this years draft, as that QB would NOT be starting this season anyways! The Browns have several holes in the lineup, and they filled some needs with their picks. Yes, there are still holes but we need starters not bench warmers. The Browns did the right thing. By trading those picks, the Browns have leverage to make several great picks in the 2014 Draft!
  • Billy Fee hit it right on the money. Mid to late round draft picks can contribute, but rarely are superstars, or immediate impact players. Forfeited the season? The Browns are not there yet, no argument, BUT they were in a lot of games, and in position to have won a few of those, but bad coaching and lack of execution had some results go the wrong way. Coach is gone, young team has some experience, new coach that has a good offensive track record, something Cleveland needs, and two outstanding assistant coaches......

    Maybe not super bowl champs, but this season is far from a throw in....WOW...
  • One top NFL network analyst (Cosell) had Nassib rated as the best QB in this years draft. I had him Rated second after Manuel. I thought the browns could have moved up a few spots to get him before the Giants had. Their job is to find talent in the fourth and fifth rounds. If they are not capable of that then why are they being paid so much? Just sayin...
  • Are you nuts? They did good in the Draft! They didn't take a quarterback and the players they took have great talent.
  • It amazes me the number of people that actually think that the draft picks the Browns traded would have made one bit of difference in the upcoming season.....BillFee you are right on the money. The roster is filled with players that can help but not put them over the top why add even more to that list. The Steelers are going to struggle this year so that 3rd round pick may end up being pretty good. My God some of you act like they were a piece or two away from the Super Bowl. This team will compete but struggle this year, besides if they are looking to fill roster spots with some players wait until teams start paring down their rosters in training camp. They are now set up for next years draft and with the extra picks might just bundle them together and get some more pieces for the long term.
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