Should quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft want to play for the Cleveland Browns? Not according to Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.
His advice: To make like Eli Manning and force a trade to a rosier destination.
— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) March 13, 2018
For two decades now, the Browns quarterback role has been a punchline —but is all that about to change?
Cleveland is emulating the model that has recently led teams in other sports like the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia 76ers to prominence — suck while you hoard young talent, then unleash that young talent upon the league.
As it stands, the Browns have 11 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, including the first and fourth overall, and two of the first three picks of the second round. That number was 12 picks until they traded for last year’s leaguewide leader in receptions, Jarvis Landry, to run alongside übertalented wideout Josh Gordon.
On top of all that, Pro Football Focus rated the Browns offensive line as the second-best in the NFL, behind only the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles. Add an elite rusher like, oh, I dunno, the beast they call Saquon Barkley with one of those first four picks and you could have the makings of a potent offense.
Still, these are the Browns we’re talking about — a team with just four victories in their last 53 games. So as much potential as they’re blessed with, one can’t be blamed for an “I’ll believe it when I see it” stance.