By Christopher Markoch
The Cleveland Browns have two of the top four picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Conventional wisdom says one of them has to be a quarterback. But conventional wisdom is often just a phrase for drafting scared.
Imagine if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had made this announcement from the podium at the 2016 NFL Draft. “With the second pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Joey Bosa, defensive lineman, Ohio State.” You can substitute the name Ezekiel Elliott if you’d like, or Jalen Ramsey. I challenge any Browns fan to say any of those players wouldn’t make this team better, and not just on paper.
The NFL allows teams to go from worst to first rather quickly, and the draft is a huge reason for that. The worst teams (barring trades) have their pick of the best players.
However, this concept of a quick turnaround only happens if you draft the right players. If you have one of the top five picks in the draft, it’s usually because your team has a lot of needs. Ignoring those needs by reaching for a player or by trading down for more assets can set your team back more than simply taking a quality football player who can help your team...