The Cleveland Browns are expected to target a left tackle in the upcoming NFL Draft but general manager Andrew Berry says talent trumps need for him
This is going to be the first time Andrew Berry runs an NFL Draft as a general manager and he has some good picks to work with as the Cleveland Browns will first be on the clock at No. 10 overall. With that selection, most experts expect the Browns to land their left tackle of the future.
However, Berry says that might not be the case. The rookie GM says that he understands what his team needs but is going into the draft looking at talent first rather than need.
Of course, this is something many teams say but it’s not true. No team heads into the draft thinking of talent alone. For example, if Cleveland comes on the clock at No. 10 and the best player is Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa, they’re not pulling the trigger.
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Still, what he’s saying makes some sense. The Browns can’t reach for a player based on need — but it does matter a whole lot more than most GMs are willing to admit.
That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
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"“Our outlook with the draft has really been to scout and evaluate as if you have an expansion roster,” Berry said in a conference call with reporters on Monday. “That is really the case every year. We do not really go into a fall or spring and just say, ‘Hey, look, we are just going to hone in on these specific positions.’”"
Berry continued on, saying that maximizing the talent long-term is the main goal in the draft. This is how some of the best teams stay successful, however, it would still be wise to consider need at some point. The Browns desperately need a left tackle and walking out of this draft without one could be devastating.
"“Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner joined Bull & Fox to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft, Joe Burrow as the near certain No. 1 pick, Tua Tagovailoa’s potential and injury concerns, his willingness to work with young quarterbacks and why he thinks Baker Mayfield and the Browns will rebound this season.”"
The odd thing about this interview was Kurt Warner claiming Baker Mayfield doesn’t reach out and ask for help. It’s hard to say that’s true simply because he doesn’t ask Warner for help — and it could have to do with Warner being critical of Mayfield’s height in the past despite the fact that Warner is literally just one-inch taller.
Cleveland and New York were able to make a couple of big moves last season and Elliot Kennel asks if something else could be in the works for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Our own Clay Goodwin looks ahead to the Browns draft and predicts which players could end up with Cleveland.