Will the Cleveland Browns finish last in the AFC North again? | The Tylt
Will the Cleveland Browns finish last in the AFC North again?
The Browns have had good players before, but now they actually have a team. Cleveland is young, but the team has talent at all the right positions. The Browns took Myles Garrett with the No.1 overall pick, giving them a disruptive force in the trenches. Michigan standout Jabrill Peppers was also taken by Cleveland in the draft, and will contribute immediately. Throw in veteran cornerback Joe Haden and the recent acquisition of Calvin Pryor, you have a solid defense that can compete.
The battle for starting quarterback is fierce, and whoever emerges victorious can be trusted. DeShone Kizer is a rookie, but his big arm could be the game-changer the Browns have been struggling to find at quarterback. And despite his up and down play, Brock Osweiler finished the season with a winning record at quarterback. Leading rusher Isaiah Crowell is also back, and will look to improve on his 952 yards in 198 attempts. Cleveland's youth can be looked at as a weakness, but if team plays loose, the Browns will surprise people in the AFC North.
Even though he was traded for Calvin Pryor, former Brown linebacker Demario Davis said the Browns are going to shock the world. If a former player is saying that on his way out the door, you know this team is going to make some noise.
Oh, the Browns are going finish above last place? That’s cute. Like we all haven’t heard that one before.
Despite drafting well, the Browns are exactly where they were when the 2016 season was in full swing. The stench of Johnny Manziel is tough shake. Myles Garrett is a good player, but he hasn’t been tested by the rigors of playing against grown men. Plus, he can’t throw the ball and catch it himself. This is a team sport, and the Browns don’t have enough supporting characters to suggest they’ll do anything even close to mediocre next year.
Kizer is a raw rookie, and there isn’t a franchise quarterback among their pitiful bench. Osweiler rode a good defense to the playoffs, and Cody Kessler is lucky he escaped last season alive. The Browns have good running backs, but after Terrell Pryor left the team for the Washington Redskins, the receiving corps is as bare as Cersei Lannister doing the walk of atonement.
Cleveland have a lot to hope for, but picking up a few quality players does not mean the Browns will magically become a decent team. Cleveland be in last place in the AFC North... again.