The Cleveland Browns did something right.
Now, I'm not saying the Browns should be overly praised for making this pick — everyone and their mother knows that Myles Garrett was the consensus No. 1 prospect and 99 percent of respectable NFL Analysts have said for months that Garrett should go first
But the Browns have needed a decent quarterback for so long it's ridiculous. With no slam-dunk option at QB that early in the draft, Cleveland avoided the temptation to reach for a player. (For the record, I don't think anyone in this draft is a guy you can build a franchise around).
I'd liken Cleveland's decision to the 2014 NFL Draft, when the Houston Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney first overall despite already having one of the best defenses in the NFL. Houston needed help elsewhere but didn't pass on the chance to get a once-in-a-generation type player — and the move has paid off.
Now, the big difference here is that Cleveland doesn't have a great defense already. In fact, about the only position group on roster that can be seen as anything but "in trouble" is the offensive line, where stalwart left tackle Joe Thomas was recently given some help in the form of free agents Kevin Zeitler and J.C. Tretter, adding to a lineup that has Cameron Erving and Joel Bitonio.
Outside of that group, every area of the Browns' roster is in desperate need of help — but the defensive line just added a piece that could be a game-changer.
Cleveland has a long way to go to be even a relevant NFL team, but drafting Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall was a good start.