The San Francisco 49ers hold the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and that simplifies things considerably compared to previous years. We don’t know what the 49ers will do with the pick given the uncertainty beyond Myles Garrett, but picking second instead of later in the draft makes this a little more straight forward. I’d prefer they were picking No. 32, but such is life.
Over the next four months, I am going to check in with the folks at our Cleveland Browns blog, Dawgs by Nature. The Browns seem most likely to draft Texas A&M pass rusher Myles Garrett, but things can always change. They have been connected with quarterbacks, and in light of DeShaun Watson’s big game on Monday, I figured now was a good time to check in.
I emailed DBN editor Chris Pokorny, and asked him if he had any thoughts on Watson’s performance and what it may or may not mean for the Browns at No. 1. The Browns also have the No. 12 pick, so the quarterback position could be something they wait on for later in the round.
Here’s what Chris had to say:
For one of the top-ranked quarterback to deliver when everyone is watching shows an element that you can't pick up through scouting. However, it didn't do anything to make him a lock for the Browns at No. 1. This regime was very particular about their quarterbacks last year -- they liked JaredGoff, but nobody else enough to pick them at No. 2. Year-after-year, quarterback classes inevitably seem to rise to the top, and I imagine we'll see the same this year with DeShaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky. If I had to put money on it today, though, I'd say that Cleveland would still lean toward the top defensive prospect at No. 1.