With reports coming out over the past few days tying the Browns to North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky, rather than Texas A & M monster defensive end Myles Garrett with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, pundits around the country were quick to jump on the downtrodden franchise for a number of reasons.
Among the reasons mentioned is the point that Garrett will be an immediate impact player on a roster clearly void of such players. While I agree that this is most likely the case, if the Cleveland Browns front office determines that Mitch Trubisky is in fact a guy they believe can lead their franchise beyond 2017 and into the future, then the pick is a no brainer, it’s the quarterback every time.
With the Browns being atrocious in the NFL draft every season since 1999 and keeping the team from being competitive due to awful decision-making, it is easy to second guess any move they make. We all have been guilty of it at some point. However, there are no guarantees in the NFL Draft and that includes Garrett.
While Garrett most likely will be a star in the NFL as an edge rusher, quarterback is the most important position on the field in all of sports. With the number one overall pick in the draft, the Browns have their choice of every available player and the organization owes it to themselves and their fans to look at every conceivable option before making a final decision.
Regardless of what the Browns do in this draft, it takes a full three years to truly determine the success of a draft class. So patience is necessary.
Basically what I am saying here is that while Garrett will be the best player for the Browns in 2017, he may not be the best choice for the long-term future.
In the end, Garrett is most likely the pick, but if the Browns think any quarterback is heads above the others in this class and there is any chance they will lose out on a possible franchise guy, they must select them first overall, even if it costs them Garrett.