Cleveland Browns Draft Preview; 2016 Schedule Released
With the NFL Draft set to begin on April 28th, let’s take a look at this year’s Cleveland Browns Draft Preview and schedule.
Cleveland Browns Draft Preview
Top Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line, Inside Linebacker, Offensive Line
Draft Picks: Round 1 (2), Round 2 (32), Round 3 (65), Round 4 (99), (138), Round 5 (141), (172), (173), Round 6 (176), Round 7 (224),
The Browns possess 10 draft picks this year and they will need to hit on a good portion of them to get this team moving in the right direction. Free agency hit Cleveland like a ton of bricks. They made no big signings, besides Robert Griffin III, and on the contrary, lost a handful of starters from the 2015 season.
Prior to the signing of RG3, many experts saw the Browns selecting a signal caller with the second overall pick. Even after the signing, some still believe this to be true. We, however, believe the Browns must go in a different direction with the idea that RG3 will be the starting quarterback this season.
With no receiver being worthy of a top five pick, look for the Browns to address one of the glaring holes on their defense. A player like Jalen Ramsey our of Florida State could be the pick here or perhaps Myles Jack, who is climbing boards with the news of his knee getting better by the day.
Regardless of what happens with Josh Gordon this year, the Browns are going to need to get some help at the receiver position. Losing Travis Benjamin to free agency left a big hole there. On day two, look for the Browns to address this issue. Two guys to look at projected to go in the second round are Tyler Boyd out of Pittsburgh and Michael Thomas out of Ohio State. Thomas is the bigger of the two at 6’3”, 212 lbs versus Boyd at 6’1”, 197 lbs. They both ran similar 40s, however. We all know size wins most times at the receiver position, so Thomas may have a slight edge on Boyd due to pure size.
The Cleveland Browns ranked 30th in total rush defense last year. A big part in stopping the run is having big guys up front to control the line of scrimmage. Luckily for the Browns, this year’s class is full of quality defensive linemen. In the third round, Chris Jones out of Mississippi State could potentially be the pick. At 6’6”, 310 lbs, Jones is an intimidating force on the defensive line. He was named a second-team All-American by Pro Football Focus. He has a great first step and uses his hands very well to shed blocks. He can come in and immediately help a struggling rush defense.
Later in the draft some offensive line help could be in store, as well as a quarterback. It seems like every year the Browns select a quarterback with a top pick and he doesn’t pan out, so maybe they need to find one later in the draft. A couple names to look for in later rounds are Austin Blythe, a center from Iowa and Kevin Hogan, a quarterback from Stanford.
Iowa is known for producing quality offensive linemen. Hogan enjoyed a successful career at Stanford, but has an odd release and struggles at times with deeper throws. He can be a good project for quarterback guru and head coach, Hue Jackson.
Cleveland Browns’ Schedule
Week 1: Sept. 11, at Philadelphia Eagles, 1
Week 2: Sept. 18, Baltimore Ravens, 1
Week 3: Sept. 25, at Miami Dolphins, 1
Week 4: Oct. 2, at Washington Redskins, 1
Week 5: Oct. 9, New England Patriots, 1
Week 6: Oct. 16, at Tennessee Titans, 1
Week 7: Oct. 23, at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Week 8: Oct. 30, New York Jets, 1
Week 9: Nov. 6, Dallas Cowboys, 1
Week 10: Nov. 10, at Baltimore Ravens (Thu), 8:25
Week 11: Nov. 20, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Week 12: Nov. 27, New York Giants, 1
Week 13: BYE
Week 14: Dec. 11, Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Week 15: Dec. 18, at Buffalo Bills, 1
Week 16: Dec. 24, San Diego Chargers (Sat), 1
Week 17: Jan. 1, at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
(Cleveland Browns Draft Preview)