With the twelfth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select…
12. Cleveland Browns: Deshaun Watson, QB | Clemson
Cleveland’s back on the clock at pick number twelve after netting Philadelphia’s 2017 first round pick that allowed the Eagles to move up and grab quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz looks to be a franchise quarterback in Philly now, which makes you wonder if the Browns are kicking themselves. The Browns have 2 first round picks in 2017, yet the quarterback class is much weaker than years prior and the position still remains a need for the Brownies. Recent rumors are swirling that the Browns are torn between drafting phenom Myles Garrett or hometown kid Mitchell Trubisky at number 1 now. Lord help me. Hopefully this is all a smokescreen, but it is the Browns so I wouldn’t put it past them. The Browns have plenty of draft capital to ensure they can come out of this draft with both prospects, but without projecting any trades in this mock draft, and with Mitchell Trubisky already off the board, the Browns look elsewhere.
Deshaun Watson is still available, and coming off a national championship win. Ever since the Tigers comeback against Alabama I can’t get that meme out of my head… Deshaun Watson looks like a Cleveland Brown though am I right? I mean just look at the picture above with that Clemson helmet on, might as will be a Browns helmet. You have to imagine the Browns come away with one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft, whether it’s at 1, 12, top of the second round or making a trade. The training camp battle of Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler is not necessarily something Cleveland fans are excited about. If I’m Cleveland I’m taking the sure-thing stud pass rusher at 1 and doing whatever I need to get one of the top QB prospects as my future signal caller and face of the franchise. In a few years the Browns might actually be okay… but probably not.
Of course the Browns have other holes and positions that could use upgrades. Perhaps management believes in Kessler and wants to get him some help, or have some weapons in place for a quarterback they draft next year. Tight end OJ Howard is still on the board as well as running back Dalvin Cook. Looking at the defense, the Browns could use help in the secondary or if Reuben Foster falls maybe plug him in at middle linebacker to lead this defense. We can’t all assume the Browns are going to be the Browns and overdraft on a quarterback prospect. Or can we?