The Browns had at least a handful of chances to get a victory in 2017, including two overtime games and two close calls against the Steelers.
Take a spin through the 2018 QB merry-go-round by matching up the signal-callers who could be available this offseason with the teams that need help.
The Browns need an elite receiver, but Jarvis Landry may not be worth the suddenly high price.
We're through the evaluation process of the Senior Bowl, and the combine (Feb. 27-March 5) is on deck. The picture for the 2018 NFL draft is becoming clearer, though we still have to get through free agency -- and the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes -- before we have a better idea of what all 32 teams need.
Since my first mock draft in mid-January, we've seen the Eagles win the Super Bowl, Alex Smith traded to Washington and all of the vacant head-coaching openings filled. So, yeah, there are quite a few changes in my new projection of Picks 1-32, which you can read below:
A few reminders before I get started:
- Upcoming combine testing, medicals, pro days and individual workouts are extremely important to the process, and draft boards will change a lot based on those.
- There are no trades allowed in this projection, and several of these picks are based on who I think is the best player available. In some cases, I have identified a few needs that could be targeted.
- An asterisk denotes a prospect who is an underclassmen.
- The 49ers and Raiders are tied at Nos. 9 and 10, and the picks will be decided by a coin flip at the combine. For the purposes of this projection, I'm sticking with San Francisco for the ninth pick.
Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
I'm sticking with Allen here. The only way I see the Browns not ending up with a quarterback at No. 1 is if they sign Kirk Cousins, which is going to cost them around $100 million in guarantees. Then they could trade down with a quarterback-needy team to pick up more talent -- and remember, they have the No. 4 pick, too. Allen had a strong week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, improving every day. The NFL statistical comp I make to Allen: Matthew Stafford, who completed 57.1 percent of his passes in 39 games at Georgia and still went No. 1 overall. And Stafford had better talent around him.
Last week I previewed the beginning of each NFC team's offseason by identifying the first five things it should do during this downtime. Now we've wrapped the AFC. Here's what we covered this week:
- Monday, Feb. 19: AFC West
- Tuesday, Feb. 20: AFC South
- Wednesday, Feb. 21: AFC North
- Thursday, Feb. 22: AFC East
QUICK LINKS: NFC
AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Patriots | Jets
AFC North: Ravens | Bengals | Browns | Steelers
AFC South: Texans | Colts | Jaguars | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chiefs | Chargers | Raiders
Cleveland tried to acquire the quarterback from Cincinnati for two draft picks at the trade deadline. Is he still the top guy to pursue?
Cleveland/Canton, Tennessee, Kansas City, Denver and Las Vegas have been named as the five finalists to be considered as host cities for the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020.
The winners are expected to be announced at the NFL's spring meetings, to be held in May in Atlanta.
The 2018 draft will be held at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
From 1965 to 2014, the NFL held its draft in New York City, but in 2015 and 2016, the league moved it to Chicago. Philadelphia hosted the draft in 2017.
Who will be the Browns' season-opening opponent? Based on the NFL's parity goals, it will probably be a team they have a chance to beat.
Former Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi now wears a device that substitutes for his four fingers and works with his thumb.