In just 19 days, the Cleveland Browns will partake in perhaps the most highly scrutinized draft in years, setting the tone for the new administration and attempting to turn some seriously stagnant tides.
The signs are unmistakable; emotions are high, debates are raging and some guy told me to go back to my cooking shows after hearing my views on Jarvis Jones. Folks, it must be draft month. It’s a big one for Browns fans for many reasons: We’re sick of losing; we’re eager to see the new coaching staff in action and we just ran out of our last Christmas Ale. Things are getting real.
The Browns are a team desperately seeking consistency. With the possible exception of the front lines on either side of the ball, the team is still moving some parts around in an attempt to find a formula that sticks. This year's draft features several players with impressive physicality that just needs to be coached up and refined. Right now, the Browns are jazz. The notes are there, they just need to find a rhythm.
But in the meantime, there is some serious talent that’s also looking for a system in which to thrive. The Browns have an exciting opportunity to seize these prospects on the way up and mold them into long-term contributors. This could mean getting creative and taking a look in some unlikely places.
Some of these picks are likely to cause anxiety. However, the best part of the draft is wild speculation, followed by debate with other intelligent, astute and good-looking Browns fans. And in that spirit, friends, here are four players who are just crazy enough to work.