Where do the Cleveland Browns go from here?

Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns have been a disappointment in 2016, but there are several positives to look forward to in 2017 and beyond.

“There’s always next year”.”

The classic Cleveland motto that we all know way too well. It’s been 365 calendar days since the Cleveland Browns have won a game and it is beginning to looking more and more realistic that they will go 0-16. The Browns have shown moments of hope, fight and relentlessness, yet haven’t been able to close out of any game all season with a win.

My question to the loyal Browns fans is: “What were we expecting?” Hopefully not anything more than four wins at the most but can this team really be as bad as we think? Could they possibly be even worse than the 2008 Lions? I wouldn’t go that far and say that, but nonetheless it’s depressing and I want it to disappear from our history.

Despite this season being an absolute bust, there is a ton of silver lining to this team we love despite constant disappointment. Since no one likes a pessimist and our season is likely over, I am going to give you five reasons why you need to be excited for the Browns draft, why they are poised to recover strong in the 2017 season and could be a strong contender for the near and distant future. Yes, there is a lot more to be excited for besides the 0-16 parade at the end of the season.

Let’s dive in to see what I am excited to see from our Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL offseason and regular season.