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Author: Jon Kuzma
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There was so many opportunities for the Cleveland Browns in their last draft. They had the 1st and 4th overall picks which could’ve catapulted them into a dynasty and while Cleveland didn’t do terrible with those selections (Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward). The fact that the Browns didn’t land Bradley Chubb with either of those top 5 picks is a real letdown. Chubb is having a great rookie season with the Broncos and has already racked up 8 sacks in his first nine games. Can you imagine how lethal Gregg Williams’ defense would be with both Myles Garrett and Chubb getting after it? Those two Defensive Player of the Year caliber of talents had the potential to dominate for the next decade. We’re talking about 17 sacks between two guys and there’s still half a season left. Chubb and Garrett are still young too and they’re only going to get better. It’s just unimaginable that Cleveland’s front office didn’t have the foresight to recognize the possibilities right in front of them but then again this franchise has struggled quite a bit the last three years. The idea was Emmanuel Ogbah was good enough to be the supporting actor next to Garrett. However Ogbah only has 1.5 sacks so far and it has to be echoed that Chubb has 8 sacks as a rookie. He still has a long ways to go from a development standpoint but he’s already one of the best in the business. Not only that but it’s a passing league. Quarterback play is better than ever and you have to counter that with elite pass rushers. John Dorsey had two cracks at it and he walks away with a B or C grade for not bringing in the right piece. Denzel Ward has been very good but the game is won at the line of scrimmage.
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The Browns missed out on the chance of a lifetime. Bradley Chubb and Myles Garret would’ve been the second coming of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.