Early in the offseason the Browns have established themselves as a franchise finally moving in the right direction
While deciding to pick the early winner of the offseason, thus far, four teams with quality offseasons stood out. The New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, and the Philadelphia Eagles are all worth noting as they have all impressed with their aggressive approaches.
However, the Cleveland Browns have won the offseason up to this point due to the transactions being “long-term” based.
-Signed G Joel Bitonio to a five-year contract extension
-Acquired Houston Texans’ 2018 second-round pick, 2017 sixth-round pick, and QB Brock Osweiler for Cleveland’s 2017 fourth-round compensatory pick
-Claimed OL Marcus Martin off waivers
– Signed WR Kenny Britt
-Signed OL J.C. Tretter
-Signed OL Kevin Zeitler
As you can see, the majority of the moves are meant to build a young football team from the inside out.
Building the offensive line during the infancy stage of the Sashi Brown era gives the Browns exceptional flexibility, not only for the 2017 NFL draft but for offseasons to come.
With the combination of Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, and Kevin Zeitler the Browns have upgraded their offensive front into one of the most promising groups heading into the upcoming season.
Having a quality offensive line is a prominent building block for a young, developing football team; which is what this team is right now.
Based on what the Browns have done under the new regime, they are showing an aggressive approach to the free agency period, as well for a high value for draft picks, with the Brock Osweiler trade being a prime example.
Now, the real test comes on draft day. These are the picks the Browns currently hold heading into Philadelphia.
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Cleveland Browns 2017 Draft Picks
Round 1: Pick 1, Pick 12
Round 2: Pick 33, Pick 52
Round 3: Pick 65
Round 4: Pick 108
Round 5: Pick 145, Pick 175, Pick 181
Round 6: Pick 185, Pick 188
Round 7: None
The draft strategy for the Browns should not be affected by their recent additions in free agency. The right move for this team should still be to take the best player that is available at the time of their selection.
Best player available, or BPA, is a common term that gets thrown around often in the NFL Draft world. In this particular case, it applies due to the number of holes on the Browns roster. Going with the most talented player gives Cleveland the ability to draft freely.
Based on the last two offseasons put together by the Browns front office it is becoming more likely, we see this team playing winning football sooner rather than later.