The Cleveland Browns did a lot right during the 2017 NFL Draft, but questions still remain about one of their late-round selections.
The Cleveland Browns had what was widely accepted as a very profitable 2017 NFL Draft.
But there is still one pick that nags at the team.
The Browns selected Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley in the sixth round despite the fact that Brantley is facing legal problems over an alleged incident with a female acquaintance.
That made the Brantley pick easily the most questionable one made by the Browns, according to Lance Zierlein at NFL.com, who ranked the best and most questionable picks of every AFC North team:
"While Joe Mixon had his issues, they occurred in 2014 and that case has been settled. Cleveland drafted Brantley even though he’s facing a misdemeanor battery charge and Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown has admitted that the team might not end up keeping him."
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It remains to be seen how the situation will play out, but even if Brantley ultimately is cleared of the allegations, the Browns will still face questions of why they selected Brantley in the first place, especially with executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and head coach Hue Jackson working so hard to change the culture of the franchise.
Everyone deserves a second chance, but if Brown and Jackson are sincere, it is not hard to imagine Brantley walking into the building with one strike already against him.
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"Jabrill Peppers begins his Browns career in Stage One of the NFL drug program, and Sashi Brown acknowledged that the safety’s livelihood will be at stake if he’s not careful about what he puts in his body."
"You don’t get medals in football for trying, you get them for results. And the decision by the Bears to trade up for Mitchell Trubisky will ultimately be judged on the results. If Trubisky is a good quarterback, Chicago general manager Ryan Pace will be applauded for doing what he had to do to get a franchise quarterback. If Trubisky stinks, it won’t really matter, because Pace’s bags will be packed for him."
"Though it has been the surprising headline theme of the offseason, star quarterbacks retiring from football and immediately jumping into calling games is not a new thing. The recent transitions of Tony Romo and Jay Cutler from calling signals to calling games appear to be forced by something entirely different: The harsh realities of business."
"Seahawks center Justin Britt asked for the help of the public to locate a car he Tweeted was stolen on Sunday, and by Monday reported that the car had been found."
"One quarterback who has never been categorized as “elite” is now enjoying contract leverage for an extraordinary third time, with three different teams. Sam Bradford is fast becoming a hero to the labor side in the business of football."