CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - What if I told you that the Browns could get a top-five talent at the start of Round Two? I'm talking top-five talent overall, as in, if he didn't have a knee issue, he would have gone very early in Round One. That's just one of the guys still on the board, as the Browns get ready to kick off Day Two of the Draft.
So, back to my question. If you know Myles Jack, the linebacker out of UCLA, may have to undergo microfracture surgery on his knee at some point, would you gamble on him? According to ESPN, Dr. James Andrews examined Jack back in December, and decided that Jack doesn't need the surgery right now, but even Jack admits, down the road it's a possibility.
My take? No. You pass. A team like the Browns, in full rebuild mode, can't afford a potential setback like that. But there are plenty of other possibilities, including…
The Walsh Jesuit grad and Michigan State star is still on the board, but not for long. If the Browns like him, they should take him with the first pick of the second round, at 32. There have been questions concerning Cook's leadership (he wasn't voted to be a captain by his teammates), but Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio strongly denies that there were any issues.
The Penn State quarterback had a strong freshman year under head coach Bill O'Brien, then O'Brien bolted to the Houston Texans, James Franklin came in to replace him, and Hackenberg wasn't the same. Joe Jurevicius of our Tailgate 19 team (and a former Nittany Lion himself) calls Hackenberg his "sleeper" pick, and believes with the right head coach again Christian could be a top-10 talent.
I certainly wouldn't be stunned if the Browns kick off Day 2 by trading down again, but I would be stunned if they don't come out of Rounds 2 and 3 with a quarterback. As of now, they have four picks tonight, eleven overall, including six in the top 100. Time to get back to work. The Browns are officially on the clock.
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