The time before the NFL Draft begins is sometimes comparable to Christmas Eve for pro football fans. As someone who grew up rooting for the Cleveland Browns, I would make the analogy to wanting the GI Joe with the kung fu grip for a Christmas present, and winding up with a big lump of coal instead.
The new regime heading up the Cleveland Browns are faced with a very difficult position. New owner Jimmy Haslam's company is being investigated by the FBI. Michael Lombardi is back in Cleveland, much to the chagrin of the local media and fans. And Joe Banner is trying to keep everyone guessing as to the Browns' true intentions with the NFL Draft.
What is going to happen?
I am guessing a trade down will be the first consideration. The Browns would love to obtain a second round pick in this draft, and moving down from the sixth overall pick would allow them to still find a quality starter, while also replenishing a needed pick.
If the Browns cannot move down?
I believe defense will rule the day. I am partial to Alabama's Dee Milliner for the Browns, but I am not sure if the front office feels the same way. If I cannot have Milliner, I would prefer LSU's Barkevious Mingo as an OLB/DE in the new 3-4 scheme the Browns will run.
And if the Browns take a quarterback, like West Virginia's Geno Smith?
Well...I am used to getting a lump of coal on the NFL's version of Christmas Day.