|So far, the Cleveland Browns have uncovered one talented rookie from the 2017 draft class in Myles Garrett. Other than Garrett, the Browns' rookies are among the weakest in the NFL.|
How's our 2017 draft class looking so far? Pretty good, because Myles Garrett looks like an absolute stud if he can stay healthy....But other than that, things look bleak and depressing. Jabrill Peppers has the most snaps among rookies. He's a good special teams player, but so far looks like a backup DB long-term. We have a nice second-string tight end in Njoku...Matthew Dayes has done well on special teams. Larry Ogunjobi has gotten in on 21% of the defensive snaps, and Caleb Brantley 18%. We also got DeShone Kizer, and kicker Zane Gonzalez has done well on kickoffs but not field goals. DB Howard Wilson and OT Roderick Johnson are injured.
To tell the truth, you or I could have picked Myles Garrett, because that is a complete no brainer. So as of the midway point of their rookie year, our draft haul looks like Garrett, then four decent backups, three good special teams players and the worst starting quarterback in the league. Will that help us catch the Steelers?
I'm hopeful there will be improvement as these fellows enter their second or third year, but the early returns are dismal. One talented starter per year is just not enough, especially after all those trades. Maybe we don't need to fire the Coach or the Trademeister, but whoever is in charge of the draft probably needs to be reassigned.