The Cleveland Browns’ decision to trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts really shocked a lot of people. This move is so intriguing because Richardson was just drafted last year and thought to be one the main building blocks for the future.
Many experts have stated that the trade was a good move for the Browns because they got decent value. However, it looks like Cleveland is rebooting the already slow rebuilding process. The Richardson trade was followed up by news from Adam Schefter stating that other players like Josh Gordon and Greg Little are also on the block.
Cleveland is obviously hoping to whatever extra picks they add to rebuild their roster. This plan is slightly flawed because the pick they’ll get from the Colts is likely to be in the latter half of the first round. Cleveland’s defense could also spoil some plans because this group is good enough to help win some games.
So, it’s entirely possible that the Browns head into next year’s draft picking somewhere around No. 6 with their own pick and No. 26 with the one they receive from the Colts.
Who could the Browns potentially land at those spots? Unless someone shows a ton of improvement, Teddy Bridgewater is the only quarterback prospect really worthy of a top-10 pick. Because of other quarterback needy teams, it’s unlikely he’ll be on the board at pick No. 6.
The group of players I see in this range are all on the defensive side of the ball. Prospects like Notre Dame’s Louis Nix, Buffalo’s Khalil Mack and UCLA’s Anthony Barr have a ton of talent but the Browns already have young players at those positions.
One potential fit would be Alabama’s CJ Mosley who would fit nicely alongside D’Qwell Jackson. Selecting Mosley would represent good value, but do very little to solve the team’s issues on offense.
Things could get interesting when Cleveland makes its second first-round pick. This is where they could jump on a potential replacement for Brandon Weedon. However, anyone they target would be a project and someone who may struggle early in his career.
Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel would be one of the players receiving a ton of attention at this spot. Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner are creative enough to develop an offense to help Manziel succeed. However, it would be a major risk to count on Manziel when the franchise is already in an unstable situation.
So, it’s really hard to say that the Browns decision to again rebuild is the right decision. This draft offers hope, but they got to make sure they land in the right spots to find players that fit.