Much of the chatter entering the 2017 NFL Draft centered on the Cleveland Browns. Would they take Myles Garrett No. 1? Would they take Mitchell Trubisky? Would they take Garrett and then take a quarterback?
The answers to those questions, in order, are yes, no, and yes – but not the one many people thought.
Indeed, Cleveland drafted Garrett with the top pick, traded down from 12 to 25 to take playmaker Jabrill Peppers, and selected Miami tight end prospect David Njoku at 29.
So, how did the Browns do?
“I’d give them an A+,” former NFL player and current DraftNasty.com analyst Corey Chavous said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “Three of their first picks, all three of those guys were in our top 10 overall, and their top six picks were in our top 100.”
As for quarterback, Cleveland selected DeShone Kizer in the second round (52nd overall). Other noteworthy picks included Florida State offensive tackle prospect Roderick Johnson (160th overall), Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (185), Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez (224), and N.C. State running back Matthew Dayes (252).
“They got value all the way down to the seventh round,” Chavous said. “Daze is an outstanding potential third-down threat at receiver. His coaches at N.C. State felt like he could have a 10-year NFL career.”
Interestingly, the Browns passed on Deshaun Watson at 12. Trubisky was off the board at 2, and the Chiefs traded up from No. 27 to No. 10 to land Texas Tech prospect Patrick Mahomes.
Chavous loved that move, especially since Mahomes will have a chance to back up Alex Smith.
“Patrick Mahomes was our top-ranked quarterback,” he said. “That’s the one we liked the best. He has the most upside of the quarterbacks in the draft, and that’s kind of how we felt about it. You certainly improved your depth at the position.”