Browns Spent 5 Times More Draft Value than Rams & Vikings in 2017 and Got Worse

By Chris Malumphy

Last year the Browns drafted 10 players, expending 5101 points of draft value, over five times more than the Rams and Vikings. Yet the Browns got worse while the Rams and Vikings won 7 and 5 more games, respectively, than in 2016. Cleveland has even more value to spend this year. Can they use it wisely enough to improve? You can't go much lower than 0-16, so the future looks bright, or should I just say, brighter, in Cleveland.

In 2017 the Patriots had just 4 draft picks and only 389 draft value points. There record fell from 14-2 to 13-3 but it was still good enough for a trip to the Super Bowl. New England enters the 2018 draft with eight picks, including two first rounders and two second rounders, with 2,252.40 draft value points to spend. Still, one injury at quarterback and the New England could be doomed. If the Patriots' reported interest in Lamar Jackson is real, heir apparent Josh McDaniel must be thrilled. When he was the coach of the Denver Broncos, McDaniels drafted Tim Tebow, he of the unique skill set. Imagine how he'd feel to get a chance to develop a player with the extraordinary tools Jackson brings to the game. After ditching the Colts to stay with the Pats in anticipation of someday taking the reigns from Bill Belichick, McDaniels must have some urgency in developing a replacement for Tom Brady when he ultimately steps away from the game. If he can't, his future as a head coach won't even be as good as it was when he left the Broncos.

I gotta think that the Giants dip from 11-5 in 2016 to 3-13 in 2017 was due to far more than just the loss of Odell Beckham and some other injuries. Only the Browns currently have more draft capital, but the New York will need to use theirs well to rebound any time soon. Only QBs (200+ att) with a lower percentage of their passes going for 1st downs than Eli Manning (29.8%) were: 49ers C.J. Beathard 29.5%; Ravens Joe Flacco 29.3%; Packers Brett Hundley 28.2% and Browns DeShone Kizer 27.3%. Not good company. The Giants will regret it if they don't take a quarterback.

2017 Draft Value Expended and Team Record
Browns105101.400-16-0 (0.000)1-15-0 (0.063)-0.062
49ers103279.906-10-0 (0.375)2-14-0 (0.125)0.250
Bears53208.605-11-0 (0.313)3-13-0 (0.188)0.125
Titans92971.809-7-0 (0.563)9-7-0 (0.563)0.000
Saints72887.0011-5-0 (0.688)7-9-0 (0.438)0.250
Jaguars72721.2010-6-0 (0.625)3-13-0 (0.188)0.438
Jets92433.505-11-0 (0.313)5-11-0 (0.313)0.000
Panthers72424.5011-5-0 (0.688)6-10-0 (0.375)0.312
Chargers72373.309-7-0 (0.563)5-11-0 (0.313)0.250
Bengals112216.657-9-0 (0.438)6-9-1 (0.406)0.031
Ravens71946.809-7-0 (0.563)8-8-0 (0.500)0.062
Cardinals71921.608-8-0 (0.500)7-8-1 (0.469)0.031
Colts81843.204-12-0 (0.250)8-8-0 (0.500)-0.250
Chiefs61830.9010-6-0 (0.625)12-4-0 (0.750)-0.125
Eagles81823.6013-3-0 (0.813)7-9-0 (0.438)0.375
Texans71777.904-12-0 (0.250)9-7-0 (0.563)-0.312
Redskins101716.707-9-0 (0.438)8-7-1 (0.531)-0.094
Broncos81584.855-11-0 (0.313)9-7-0 (0.563)-0.250
Buccaneers61555.905-11-0 (0.313)9-7-0 (0.563)-0.250
Bills61551.609-7-0 (0.563)7-9-0 (0.438)0.125
Lions91422.909-7-0 (0.563)9-7-0 (0.563)0.000
Seahawks111405.559-7-0 (0.563)10-5-1 (0.656)-0.094
Giants61339.003-13-0 (0.188)11-5-0 (0.688)-0.500
Dolphins71316.506-10-0 (0.375)10-6-0 (0.625)-0.250
Raiders91306.706-10-0 (0.375)12-4-0 (0.750)-0.375
Steelers81181.7013-3-0 (0.813)11-5-0 (0.688)0.125
Packers101169.057-9-0 (0.438)10-6-0 (0.625)-0.188
Cowboys91158.509-7-0 (0.563)13-3-0 (0.813)-0.250
Falcons61037.6010-6-0 (0.625)11-5-0 (0.688)-0.062
Rams8976.8011-5-0 (0.688)4-12-0 (0.250)0.438
Vikings11929.1513-3-0 (0.813)8-8-0 (0.500)0.312
Patriots4389.0013-3-0 (0.813)14-2-0 (0.875)-0.062