Best pick: Nick Chubb (RB, Georgia)
Questionable pick: Antonio Callaway (WR, Florida)
Sleeper pick: Austin Corbett (OG, Nevada)
After a month of swirling rumors about which quarterback would be tabbed as the next face of the franchise, John Dorsey and the Browns made it official with the selection of Baker Mayfield with the number one overall pick. The Mayfield selection points to the fact that several evaluators in the Browns’ draft room (namely Scot McCloughan) are convinced that Mayfield is the next Brett Favre, both as a player and from a fashion standpoint.
The real surprise came when Cleveland opted for Ohio State standout Denzel Ward over Bradley Chubb, but Ward still represents a good upgrade for the Browns secondary that was in need of a talent infusion. Georgia’s Nick Chubb was an excellent pickup in the second round and should make an immediate impact that also allowed the team to avoid paying the steep top-10 price associated with a player like Saquon Barkley.
The club’s fourth-round selection, Antonio Callaway, could wind up as the best receiver in the class but comes with a 737’s-worth of baggage. From a pure talent standpoint, he’s a steal in the fourth round but his well-documented off-the-field problems could become a problem on a very young team.
With this draft in the books, John Dorsey has overhauled the Browns roster that is highly unlikely to repeat last year’s winless disaster of a season. Now, it’s time to see if they truly spent their draft capital wisely or if they will remain in the AFC North cellar for years to come.