The conversation surrounding the Browns all offseason was whether the team was going to select Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. Once the Rams traded up to the number one spot to take Goff, Wentz seemed like the likely option to take his turn to start for the Browns.
But the front office had no plans of selecting either, instead opting to trade down to acquire more picks in 2016 and the future.
The trade seemed smart at the time, and still looks great given the fact the Browns acquired the Eagles’ 2017 first-round pick, which is likely going to be a top-10 pick. And while Carson Wentz had a hot start, his season has leveled out. It would also be hard to imagine him having any success on this Browns team, let alone be able to stay healthy.
The first pick was ultimately used on Corey Coleman, who has shown flashes of potential this season. He had a broken hand that ruined his momentum following a great Week 2 performance, and has had to try to gel with a new quarterback seemingly every week.
While the focus is on Coleman as he is a first-round pick, the front office will be judged on how their drafted players do as a group. It is alright to miss on a few high picks if stars can be found in the lower rounds. 2017 will be another chance to use the acquired picks and build a contender in Cleveland.