2016 Offseason Review: Cleveland Browns
The Browns looked like they finally knew what they were doing with some splash moves made in the 2016 offseason. Instead as the 2017 season came along, most of their moves turned out to be failures. They overpaid on many free agents, and no rookie besides Myles Garrett much an impact.
Draft Grade: C-
Best Pick: Myles Garrett- Round 1, 1st Overall
Garrett was a no brainer at #1 overall, and he showed why in 2017. In just 11 games, he had 7.0 sacks and showed his extreme quickness and athleticism coming of the edge. He should continue to blossom for Cleveland and become the face of the defense.
Worst Pick: Deshone Kizer, 2nd Round, 52nd Overall
Kizer clearly wasn’t ready for the NFL. He threw for only 2894 Yards, with a horrific TD-INT ratio of 11-22. The Browns wasted a Pick here, as now they will have to find another QB in the 2018 draft.
Free Agency/Trades Grade: C-
Best Move: Signing CB Jason McCourty
The Browns signed Jason McCourty to a 2 year deal hoping that he would be a solid veteran presence for their young secondary. He put together a nice season, with 3 INT and a career high in Pass Defensed, with 14. Jamar Taylor and Brien Boddy Calhoun also progressed in 2017, which could be due to McCoutry’s veteran presence.
Worst Move: Signing Kenny Britt
Britt signed a 4 year, 32.5 Million dollar deal with Browns, and was expected to make an immediate impact. However, Britt made little to zero impact, He had 233 Yards with 2 TD in 9 games with Cleveland. He was also a big off the field issue, and proved to be more of a distraction than an asset for the Browns. The Browns cut him in December, and Britt will go down as another bust signing for the Cleveland.
Full 2016 Offseason Grade: D+