The Cleveland Browns are on the clock with the first selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday night.
Daniel Jeremiah has covered or worked the NFL Draft as a team scout or NFL Network analyst every year since 2003. On Tuesday, Jeremiah told The Jim Rome Show this year’s draft isn’t like any he’s been apart of already.
“I can’t remember a draft where at the top, I mean really 1 and 2 like we don’t have anything locked in. It’s just wide open right now,” Jeremiah said.
With rumors of the Browns trying to decide between Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett and North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Jeremiah wasn’t sure which one the organization would select but still shared some advice.
“I think it’s still got to be a little bit up in the air,” Jeremiah said. “The Browns, at this point in time, if you’re still trying to talk yourself into the quarterback, it’s not the right quarterback. You know what I mean? If you’re going to go quarterback number one, you need to be rock solid, lock step with everybody in the building and say this is our guy and we’re moving forward and that doesn’t appear to be the case.
“Now they might end up doing that, but to pass on Myles Garrett and what he already is, plus what he can become, it just seems like a lot surer bet than they were to gamble on a quarterback at one.”
Jeremiah was asked if he liked Tribusky better than Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson, and the former scout sided with the National Champion. “DeShaun Watson,” Jeremiah answered. “Just because you got the little bit longer of a track record there. I think the kid’s incredibly poised. He’s tough. He needs to improve some accuracy and decision making, no doubt, but I think it sounds cheesy and totally cliché, but the guy’s made of the right stuff, so you believe in the kid and you got to continue to develop him as a passer.
“Trubisky, if you just watch this year, is the cleanest guy in the terms of just accuracy, decision making, all that stuff, but you have a limited body of work, and he’s a little ways away as well.”