The Browns stay the Browns.
Just when you think the Cleveland Browns might have turned a corner as an organization, they go and make a mess of the NFL draft. While Justin Gilbert is one of the best cornerbacks in the draft, his selection at eighth overall was a major shock, especially since the Browns were the team making the pick.
The team tweeted out a welcome to its newest draft pick:
Gilbert isn't lacking in confidence, commenting after his selection that his success was predetermined at birth:
Thursday night has been an active one for the Browns. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Cleveland traded out of the fourth overall pick and moved back to nine, receiving a first- and fourth-rounder in 2015 from the Buffalo Bills. The Browns then moved into eighth after a trade with the Minnesota Vikings:
Although some were taken aback by the selection, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the team had envisioned drafting a corner with its first pick, so nabbing a future first- and fourth-rounder next year is a cherry on top:
Pro Football Focus pointed out how bad Buster Skrine was in 2013 to help illustrate why the Browns needed to upgrade at cornerback:
Despite the fact that Gilbert undoubtedly fills what was a defensive void for Cleveland, many fans wondered if he was the best pick, especially with Johnny Manziel still on the board. Awful Announcing did bring up the fact that the team signed Vince Young earlier in the offseason:
Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer was a bit disappointed to see all of Cleveland's wheeling and dealing ending up with the Oklahoma State star:
WWE pro wrestler and Cleveland native The Miz was also apoplectic at the team's decision:
The Plain Dealer's Zack Meisel is at least having some fun:
Between the draft and Miami Heat game, Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com thinks that Cleveland fans might want to stay away from the ESPN family of networks for the time being:
Dennis Manoloff of The Plain Dealer thinks that Browns fans may be attacking the pick a bit too much. You do wonder if somebody else other than Cleveland drafted Gilbert at No. 8 and collected a first-rounder for next year in the process whether it would be lauded as a result:
Between Gilbert and Joe Haden, the Browns have a lethal one-two combo at cornerback. Stopping the opponent's passing game is becoming harder and harder to do, so Cleveland could be at a major advantage if Gilbert follows through on his massive potential.
But it wouldn't be a Cleveland Browns draft if the fans weren't up in arms.