Johnny Manziel was the third Cleveland tosser drafted with pick #22 since 2007. 

Cleveland Browns 2020 Draft Grade:  B+

The Browns filled a major need drafting OT Jedrick Wills with the 10th overall pick.  Grant Delpit will be the Browns starting safety sooner rather than later and third round DT Jordan Elliott should be in the defensive tackle rotation.  4th round TE Harrison Bryant could develop into the best tight end in this draft.  Oh wait, it's the Browns.  6th round Michigan wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is a nice developmental prospect. 

Cleveland Browns 2018 Draft Grade: A

So why do the Browns keep getting high draft grades but wind up picking in the top five every year?  Well they get good players.  They've drafted a consensus top five prospect almost every year.  So why do they keep stinking it up?  Only the Browns would retain a coach who is 1-31 in his last 32 games.  1-31 boys and girls, lads and lassies.  I'm not sure you heard that. 1-31! Let's keep him, he's on the upswing. Anywho, the Browns drafted the best tosser in the draft in Baker Mayfield and the best corner in Denzel Ward.  Nick Chubb is a star, though who knows what happens in Cleveland. DE Chad Thomas and LB Genard Avery could start on some teams, but Cleveland has a deep crop on defense.  With the exception of offensive tackle, the Browns have a top shelf roster.  Their fearless leader should be able to coax 5-6 wins out of that.

Cleveland Browns 2017 Draft Grade: A-

When you have the top pick in the draft and there is a concensus number one player, it's hard to drop out of an A grade, particularly when you have two more first round picks.  We thought Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku were second round talents, but they are undeniably elite athletes.  Deshone Kizer isn't good and he was a wasted pick in the second unless the Browns can do the opposite of what they've done for the past few decades and get a player to play to his potential. DT Larry Ogunjobi was one of our top five rated defensive tackles and CB Howard Wilson and OT Roderick Johnson have starter qualities that need some refinement.

Cleveland Browns 2016 Draft Grade: A-

We like the Browns recent draft record, the problem is that when players get to Cleveland they get depressed and become subtance abusers or simply lose the desire to play football.  That may happen to this class too, but they have added a wealth of potential starting talent to the team.  DEs Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib were arguably the two best pass rushers in college football in 2015.  OTs Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango are both starting caliber talents as is OLB Joe Schobert.  They drafted 5 wide recievers because they only have one NFL caliber receiver on their roster.  Corey Coleman was a solid first round pick and while we don't like some of the other wide receivers, Rashard Higgins was a nice value in the 5th round.  Overall, the Browns rookie class should log more snaps and more starts than any other team's draft class.


Are we allowed to say we liked back to back drafts from the Browns?  We suspected last year after Johnny Foolsball dropped in the draft that there might have been something we didn't know.  We were right.  Manziel had/has a substance abuse problem and was in rehab 9 months after he was drafted.  In 2015 the Browns hit big with defensive tackle Danny Shelton and the draft's premier interior offensive lineman Cameron Erving.  We're not sure where Erving will play, but whether he plays guard or tackle to start he will bolster what will be one of the best offensive lines this side of Dallas.  Duke Johnson was a great third round pick and defensive tackle Xavier Cooper and wide receiver Vince Mayle should earn playing time in 2015.  One of our favorite picks in the entire draft was injured cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu in the 7th round.  Before his injury he was in the argument as the top cover corner in the draft.

UDFA most likely to make the team:  E.J. Bibbs- TE, Iowa State


If the Browns had drafted a wide receiver with their third round pick instead of linebacker Christian Kirksey (who we like), they would have received an A+.  In addition to drafting our top rated tosser in Johnny Manziel, the only player in this draft who has generated thousands of new season ticket sales, they drafted our highest rated corner in Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, another top ten corner in 4th rounder Pierre Desir, a versatile offensive lineman in Joel Bitonio, and a tailback in Terrance West who could start in 2014 if he learns the offenseAll of that and they also cheesed a first round pick in 2015 out of the Bills!

UDFA most likely to make the team:  Isaiah Crowell- RB, Alabama State