The Cleveland Browns did not find a quarterback, but the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft still ended up being a productive one for the team.
The Cleveland Browns were the talk of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night, and for once it was in a good way.
Cleveland opened the night by making Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett the No. 1 overall selection. The Browns were next on the clock at No. 12, but swung a trade with the Houston Texans to move down to No. 25, where they selected Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers.
The Browns were not down, however, as they made one last deal, moving back into the first round through a deal with the Green Bay Packers to select Miami tight end David Njoku.
All in all it was a productive night for the Browns. The only real negative was that they missed out on a chance to select Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes – who went to the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 10 – and passed on the opportunity to select Clemson quarterback Desahun Watson.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day, as head coach Hue Jackson told NFL Network’s Michael Silver:
"“It’s not just about the quarterback. I know everyone wants to view it that way, but we have a lot of holes to fill. You can’t force something and make a bad decision. We’ll keep exploring our options, and we’ll look at everything.”"
The draft will resume this evening with Rounds 2 and 3. The Browns are currently slated to pick at No. 52 and at No. 65.
Cleveland Browns news:
The Cleveland Browns continue to show that they are evolving into a smart franchise by selecting Myles Garrett with the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The Cleveland Browns made a surprise move by drafting Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 overall pick after trading down from pick No. 12.
The Cleveland Browns made a splash in the first round of the NFL Draft by trading back into the first round for Miami tight end David Njoku.
"The Cleveland Browns finally got it right. Let it sink in for a moment, because it’s difficult to accept. After years of inept decisions and massive draft-day blunders, the Browns are now building toward something with the selection of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. More importantly, Cleveland now has an identity with its dynamic defensive front.."
"Three minutes into the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns were on the clock, and Hue Jackson was on the move. Jackson, the Browns’ second-year coach, anxiously paced around the War Room on the second floor of the team’s training facility Thursday night as the organization’s chief powerbrokers, owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and executive vice president Sashi Brown, prepared to formalize the selection of Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett with the first overall pick."
"You thought the Bears had gotten their franchise quarterback — at franchise quarterback prices — back in March. That was then, this is now, and this is now what the Bears think of Glennon and of the quarterback position: They traded up from third to second overall Thursday night and took Mitchell Trubisky as their future franchise guy. His price? Two draft picks this year and one next year."
"The Chiefs’ most important draft pick in a generation won’t play for at least a year, and that’s if things go right — and only part of why it’s a smart pick."
"The NFL draft board fell perfectly in John Elway’s lap. And he fumbled it. With a big, winning smile, Elway claimed he got his man, left tackle Garett Bolles. Bolles is older than Gary Zimmerman but not half as good. OK, maybe it was what the Broncos had to do with the 20th overall pick, because their offensive line is a hot mess. So Elway swallowed hard and ate his vegetables."
"Since the Carolina Panthers were officially born in 1995, they have never employed anyone like Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey was a great pick for the Panthers Thursday night at No. 8 overall. The team needed another dynamic offensive player, and with McCaffrey, they got that three times over. McCaffrey can play running back, he can line up as a receiver and he can return kicks."