The Browns Cannot Screw Up This Draft…(Or Can They?)

As you probably know, the Browns have gone 1-31 over the last two years, but they have used that time to stockpile a historic amount of draft capital.

Draft capital is just a technical term nfl jerseys cheap china  for the weighted value of all of their picks, from the first and fourth overall (worth a ton) to their pair of sixth-rounders (chump change). It’s based on those old charts teams used to guide trades of draft picks but updated with better data.hi-res-5196c4cba2de6b371ba7423520918826_crop_exact

According to Warren Sharp on Sharp Football Analysis,nfl jerseys  the Browns possessed 117.5 points of draft capital at the start of free agency, most in the league by a staggering margin and the third-highest figure since the merger. Only the 1991 Cowboys (still benefiting from leftover capital from the Herschel Walker trade) and 1982 Patriots entered the draft with more capital than the Browns had entering free agency—though the Browns have spent a little bit of that surplus on trades for veterans like nfl jersey Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry.cheap nfl jerseys china

The Cowboys used their 1989-91 draft bounty to build the Wowboys. The 1982 Patriots added Hall of Famer Andre Tippett and built a team that would soon reach the Super Bowl. So all the Browns have to do is draft like those teams did and it will vindicate two years of extreme Moneyball veganism under deposed Sashi Brown, right?authentic nfl jerseys

Perhaps. Bill Barnwell’s 2017 ESPN breakdown of historic teams with high levels of draft capital is full of franchises that selected shrewdly and built powerhouses, like the Wowboys and 1985 Bills. But there are also cautionary tales like the 2007 Raiders (JaMarcus Russell). And Barnwell was writing before the 2017 draft: The Browns have been amassing this historic stockpile for quite a while with depressing, counterproductive on-field results.

Hoarding draft capital is not an end in itself. It’s supposed to be used to build Super Bowl teams. The outgoing Browns regime made a historic sacrifice. New general manager John Dorsey and the incoming front office must use it to produce 1990s Wowboys-caliber results.

It’s not enough for the Browns to “win” next week’s draft; with so many picks, they essentially already have. They must dominate it. This draft is their Super Bowl.