5. Trade for Tyrod Taylor
If the Browns entered the 2018 NFL Draft and decided not to go for a quarterback, it may not have been devastating. Of course, they were ready to do just that, but their move to get Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills was a stroke of genius and it really opened up their options.
Had they wanted to go running back and taken Saquon Barkley from Penn State, that wouldn’t have seemed crazy. If someone blew them away with an offer and they wanted even more premium picks, they wouldn’t be forfeiting the season because there was a legitimate starter in town now that Taylor is wearing the orange and brown.
Not only is he a legitimate starter, Taylor already looks like the best option they’ve had under center since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999 and all it cost was a third-round pick. Detractors will say the Bills not wanting him was a knock on Taylor, but that’s just looking for an issue. He’s won in the NFL, took the Bills to the playoffs and is a smart, safe quarterback.
He gives them all they need to feel comfortable entering the season as a competitive team. He also keeps them from feeling like they need to rush their rookie onto the field, which has been a problem for them before.