Social media and other football pundits have raved about the deals John Dorsey and company have made and some have even said its time for the public to take the Browns seriously, especially with the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in their back pocket.
With some of the news over the weekend calming down surrounding the several trades with the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts might have a new potential trade partner in the Buffalo Bills. The Browns dropped to $81.3 million. No doubt, they will try to use it to trade up for a quarterback.
When a team holding the number one pick the draft doesn't have a franchise quarterback, popular opinion among draft experts has them taking a quarterback at that number one spot.
If they pick the NFL Combine-crushing Barkley at No. 1, they still would be guaranteed of a choice between at least two of USC's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen, UCLA's Josh Rosen and Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield at quarterback. Joe Thomas has suffered through some of the worst seasons in franchise history, so you know he must be thrilled with the trades the team has made. Worley, a third-round pick in 2016, started 25 games in the past two seasons for the Panthers. The Browns shipped former first round pick Danny Shelton to the Patriots. Dorsey appears to realize that it won't matter who the quarterback is if there is no one for them to throw the ball to. I am angry at the fact that the Browns would not choose a quarterback in one of the best quarterback classes in the last 5 years. I actually thought that the Browns had figured out the formula and were going to be successful in the 2018 draft and in the offseason. The Jets' first four picks (6, 37, 49 and 72) account for 2,770 points.
Maclin is coming off a disappointing 2017 season in which he only hauled in 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games played. Randall, who played safety in college at Arizona State, spent the first three seasons of his career with the Packers playing cornerback.
The additions of Taylor and Landry certainly must have thrilled new Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was sacked in Pittsburgh following the Steelers' divisional-round playoff loss. Getting Taylor gives them a vet who can still make plays while letting the rookie sit. Having a new general manager and head coach lends even more uncertainty to what the team will do. He also traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers, a move that could impact the Browns' plans in free agency and the upcoming draft.