With the NFL draft set for next Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns will be a key player in determining how the first round unravels.
Newly appointed general manager Andrew Berry and the Cleveland Browns have many options available to them when the 2020 NFL Draft begins next Thursday evening. Berry is in a unique position as a first time GM and will have to manage to conduct the business of a draft that is not in an NFL war room.
Cleveland holds some weight in how this first round will unfold. Will Berry simply take the best available offensive tackle at No. 10 overall? Will he take the team’s highest-rated player on its board? Maybe the best idea for Berry is to trade back in the first round to gather some extra ammo for later in the draft.
Say Cleveland’s top two offensive tackles are taken by the time Cleveland is on the clock. Should Berry simply take the next best tackle if he deems there to be a big decline? No, he shouldn’t. Trading back allows Berry to possibly get another tackle later in the first round or even at pick No. 41 in the second round
It also allows Cleveland to grab some extra picks as this draft class is pretty deep in rounds two and three. Obtaining another pick or two in those rounds could vastly help deepen this Browns roster at multiple positions of need which includes offensive line, linebacker, and safety.
Walking away from this draft with a treasure chest of players in rounds two and three could wind up being the smartest decision for Berry and the Cleveland Browns to make. Especially if a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa or Justin Herbert is still on the board at pick No. 10, maybe a team such as the New England Patriots would be willing to give up a boatload of picks to obtain that player.
Tons of options are on the table for Andrew Berry come next Thursday, it’s up to him to decide how to get the most out of this draft class for the Cleveland Browns.