I love the Cleveland Browns’ move to trade out of the No. 2 spot in the NFL Draft and stockpile picks. Some Browns fans justifiably are skeptical. I’ve already heard from some who say: “We’ve seen this movie before, and it has an unhappy ending!” And it’s true. The Browns had four picks in the top 52 in 2009 and five in the top 100 in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Without reviewing all the gory details, let’s recall 2012: Trent Richardson. Brandon Weeden.
Nevertheless: The surest way to hit more picks is to have more picks. Jimmy Johnson built his career on it. Bill Belichick makes a habit of it. Furthermore, the top two quarterbacks in the draft (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) are not in the Andrew Luck, near-lock category. Consider these high QB picks since 2008: Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton, Luck, Robert Griffin III, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota. They all would have gone ahead of Goff and Wentz. Goff is less of a risk than Wentz, but the QB-needy Rams pick No. 1. It’s Year One of the Browns’ new regime. They have 12 picks. Hit six and start stocking the roster.