WZIP’s Browns 2018 Season Predictions

The Cleveland Browns made plenty of moves during their off-season and in the 2018 Draft. With one win in the past 32 games, you pretty much have to. But how will this season be different than the last two, or are they destined to repeat their failures? The WZIP Sports Department has their predictions for how the 2018-2019 Browns season will unfold:

John Alfieri 

Record: 4-12
MVP: Myles Garrett
Between Hardknocks and the the new faces in town, the Cleveland Browns are poised to be a new and improved team with a lot of potential. Free agent additions Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor, and Demarious Randall will be a bright spot in the Browns season campaign. Two big questions I am curious about are; When will we see Baker Mayfield on the field? And Will Hue Jackson be in Cleveland the whole season and possibly next year?
Baker Mayfield, the number one overall pick, impressed a lot of coaches in the preseason. His skill set is very impressive and his winning mentality is something you just can’t teach. The issue with Baker is at times he rushes throws and looks not ready to compete at the NFL level right now. He’s a project. I believe if the Browns are under 3 wins by week 8, we will see Baker under center. Browns fans shouldn’t expect to see him though if Tyrod is leading the Browns to wins.

Hue Jackson is on the hottest seat any coach in the league has ever been on. Many argue he shouldn’t still have his job but obviously the Browns still believe in him. However I feel that if the Browns don’t make the playoffs (obviously a long shot) the Browns will be moving on from Hue. The good news? The Browns have two head coaching candidates on their staff already in Greg Williams and Todd Haley. Don’t be surprised if they are calling the shots next year.

Zach Bush

I’m predicting the Browns to go 6-10. Hue Jackson will be on the hot seat for the entire season, but he’ll make it to the end without getting fired. Tyrod will play fine, but he’ll get a concussion or something and miss a week. Baker will start that game and play well, but Hue will put Tyrod back in the following week. It will be a controversy for the rest of the year. Josh Gordon will play near a full year for the first time since 2013, but his numbers won’t be as good as they were then. Jarvis Landry will have a great first year in Cleveland, and Myles Garrett will have a solid second year.

*Actually, forget what I said about Hue Jackson. I thought about it some more, and I think he will get fired. I see the Browns losing four straight games in November/December, the last of which coming December 9th against Carolina. I think he’ll get fired after losing that game, and either Haley or Williams will take over for the rest of the year.

Savannah Griggs

For the 2018 football season I believe the browns will be 8-8. Tyrod Taylor will be QB1 however, I believe Baker Mayfield will have an outstanding rookie season and he will start at least 2 games in the season more than likely towards the end of the year. This season my breakout players are David Njoku and Carlos Hyde. Hue Jackson will coach the entire season. Finally our MVP will be Myles Garrett.

Isaiah Houde

I am predicting that the Browns will end the season with a 6-10 record. This team is on a path for a better future, but I still do not believe that the culture and the losing ways have ultimately been reversed. Winning six games is a huge increase from winning zero last year, and I believe that the consistency of Tyrod Taylor will take them there. I believe that Tyrod will start the whole season, and Baker Mayfield will learn what it takes to be a quarterback in the NFL. The defense will improve by leaps and bounds in my opinion because of the changing culture, and the talent that is present.

I do not believe that the team will make it to the playoffs this year, but I feel that the Browns will be there soon. They could possibly be a playoff team by next season if they can flip the culture around and bring winning spirits into the organization. Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry will play a huge role in that.

Cami Justice

My heart is telling me the Browns will win six games this year. My brain is telling me it will actually be four. I think Tyrod Taylor should, and will start for most, if not all of the season. A minor injury that could displace him from his starting role for a game or two would be the only scenario in which Baker Mayfield starts over Tyrod. The Browns defense should prove to look as incredible on the field as they look on paper. Myles Garrett will be the Browns MVP this season without a doubt. Offensively, the Browns should do better than they have in a very long time. With talent like Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon, the Browns passing game should be fierce. Their running game could also be explosive so long as everyone lives up to their potential. With  David Njoku, Duke Johnson, and Ohio native Carlos Hyde at Tyrod’s disposal the Browns should have a lot of success running the ball.

As for head coach Hue Jackson, well, I think he better work harder than he ever has in his life if he wants to maintain his position with the Browns. If Jackson loses three to four consecutive games with no wins this season I think he’ll be fired immediately. If he doesn’t win at least 4 games I think he’ll be fired at the end of the season. All eyes are on him right now as he sits in the hot seat. If he pulls off some wins and early on, Hue will stick around.

My heart and my brain tell me two slightly different stories for the Browns but I will follow my heart and say the Browns will be 6-10 at the end of the season and they’ll only go up from there… SUPERBOWLLLLL…SUPER BROWNS!

Justin Miller

Overall record: 5-11

Wins against the Jets, Bengals (x2), Buccaneers, and Broncos

3rd in AFC North
Obviously huge improvements have been made from a win-less team just a year ago. Although expectations are extremely high for this team, I think it is simply unrealistic for a winning percentage close to .500. Baker Mayfield was a good pick, but wasn’t worth first overall. The Browns missed out on Saquan Barkley which will haunt them for the next decade. With Taylor starting week one, I don’t see Mayfield starting until late in the second half of the season once the browns are officially eliminated from playoff contention. Break out player will be M. Garret if you even consider him a breakout. Injury held him back last season but the sky is the limit for him this year. MVP will be Jarvis Landry as he will be key on the offensive side of the ball with multiple receptions per game and being a true possession wide receiver (via Larry Fitz). What will hurt the browns the most is the joke of an offensive line. Even with future HOF Joe Thomas at left tackle, they still struggled to block just about anyone and will be the root cause for Tyrod Taylor and the running game to be consistent. Its an exciting year for the browns, but a true winning culture is not here yet.

 

Kyle Molinelli

I believe this season will shock a lot of people. This team is not the same teams that went win-less last year, or the one who won only one game the year before that. This team is hungry, and they’re going to surprise a lot of people. With talent stocked at WR and a stable quarterback situation, I think they laid the foundation of a winning team, and I think they go 8-8 this year. Tyrod Taylor has a chip on his shoulder, and he will be the leader this team needs, and the mentor Baker Mayfield deserves to be eased in. Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry will have to learn to share how many catches they get since they will be such dangerous weapons for the offense. The only question we really have is how our Offensive line will be, since Joe Thomas has retired. Overall, look out world because the browns are here to shock the system. (Yes I am probably way too hyped for this and my dreams might be crushed.) 

Ryan Ribinskas

I believe the Browns will go 9-6

Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon will be in the top 10 in the NFL for receiving and Baker Mayfield will not start a game. I also believe Denzel ward will win DPOY and Myles Garrett will win DPOY.

Deontae Shahid

I believe the Browns will win 5-6 games this year starting with the 1st game of the season against the Steelers. Barring injury I do not believe Baker will get a start this year. If Tyrod stays healthy, I believe he will be good enough for us this year to keep the starting role for the entirety of the season. Standout players this year have to be Myles Garrett, Jarvis Landry, and Christian Kirksey. Denzel Ward might struggle in the beginning of the season, but his play will pick up as the season progresses.

Browns optimistic heading into the 2018 season

Berea, OH – The Cleveland Browns have now have something that they have not had in the recent past — optimism.

Hope has been in the air year after year for a successful season, or even a season in which the Browns win half of their games. Unfortunately, the team has won one game out of their past 32, and those losses all came under head coach Hue Jackson.

Jackson has done a tremendous job heading into the 2018 season in finding a new staff to compliment him, and finding talent that could make the difference. The talent begins with starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is now heading into his eighth NFL season. Taylor has been the epitome of consistency and has been an excellent role model for the Browns number one draft pick Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield has a similar playing style to Taylor’s, and has admitted that Taylor has set the standard high for him. A model quarterback who has proven to be successful is something that has been absent from the Browns locker room, and this is the reason that many recent draft picks have not been able to grow and learn before they play. This is what held Deshone Kizer back, and many rookie quarterbacks before him.

Taylor has spoken about the “controversy” between the two quarterbacks in Brown’s training camp and assured the media that there is no controversy. These two players simply hold each other to the highest standard, and they are both preparing to play a starting role.

The next skilled position that the Browns have tremendously improved in, is the wide receiver position. They landed a big-time free agent in Jarvis Landry, and are hoping to return an extremely gifted receiver in Josh Gordon. Gordon has missed training camp due to personal reasons, but will likely debut in the first or second game of the season.

The Browns also have young talent in Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins, and this is a plethora of talent that the Browns may never have had at the position. Callaway has dealt with some legal issues that may hinder the beginning of his season, but he will make a huge impact if he can play.

The backfield has also improved tremendously with the addition of Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb. Chubb is a rookie from Georgia that has broken a number of records, and had an outstanding college career as a north-south runner. Hyde has nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards in the past two seasons and is still in the prime of his career. The team also has Duke Johnson who is extremely talented, but has had issues with injury.

The teams tight end David Njoku is a freak athlete that has had trouble catching the ball, but Mayfield spoke to the media and said that Njoku has improved on catching the ball. This is the only issue that he has shown, but his athleticism gives him potential that could soar through the roof.

This is just on the offensive side of the ball, as their defense has improved dramatically. The team drafted a cornerback in Denzel Ward in the first round that is a lock down player, and they brought in Damarious Randall who is gifted in the secondary. They still have Jabrill Peppers who is a second-year player that is known to dominate the secondary.

The player with the highest roof on the defense is Myles Garrett, who is a second-year player that has the potential to be one of the greatest at his position. He is a physically gifted defensive end the was sidelined last season often due to injury.

A big positive for the Browns this is their linebacker core, because they have three linebackers that can all be considered elite. Jamie Collins was injured last season, but he was the best player on a New England Patriots team that consistently dominated. Christian Kirksey has been with the Browns for four years and is continuing to improve each year. They also brought in Michael Kendricks who was the starting middle linebacker last year for the Eagles – who won the Super Bowl.

The team has also brought in an offensive guru in Todd Haley, and many other coaching pieces that are rebuilding the culture for the Cleveland Browns.

The saying that Browns fans have spewed out for years is, “there’s always next season.” This might be that season.

 

 

Browns Offseason Breakdown

Story by Savannah Griggs—-

Giving us more action in the off-season than on the field, the Cleveland Browns have definitely made some power moves in the last week. While we had to say our farewells to Joe Thomas, Danny Shelton and DeShone Kizer. With open arms we welcomed Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Damarious Randall.

While Taylor brings leadership, efficiency and productivity, Landry on the other hand brings competition and passion. In the past two years Landry has had over 100 catches and numbers don’t lie. Landry is the fire power that our offense needs. Last but not least, we move on to Damarious Randall, Green Bay’s most consistent defensive back.

Randall brings tackles, interceptions, deflected passes and youth to the table. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, rumors have surfaced that general manager John Dorsey is reaching contract agreements with Chris Hubbard, and Donald Stephenson who would offset the loss of Joe Thomas. Dorsey has also been able to come to terms with Carlos Hyde to shore up the Browns’ backfield.

Although catching abilities and injuries are a concern when it comes to Hyde, he’s still a great addition to the team. General Manager Dorsey said, “anytime you can have a chance to acquire three good football players right off the bat in the trades, you’ve got to do it.” And that’s exactly what he did, making some additions and subtractions.

The Browns still managed to hold on to all five of Cleveland’s picks in the first two rounds of this year’s draft. The Browns have the No. 1 and No. 4 picks and they have three in the second round. With St. Patty’s Day around the corner, it looks the Browns got lucky this offseason. Sorry fans, it doesn’t look like we’ll be having a losing parade this time around.

2017 Browns Mock Drafts: WZIP Edition

Like most football fans, we here at WZIP absolutely love when mock drafts roll around. So this year, we figured why not create our own? Below are a few different mock drafts for this upcoming NFL draft as each draft explores different routes the Browns can take to finally get their franchise turned around. Will this draft for Cleveland be one for the ages? Or (like so many drafts prior) will the Browns end up with a bunch of busts (and not the kind in Canton)? Some drafts keep it simple with selections, others include trades. Check all of the drafts out below!

*Drafts were created BEFORE compensatory picks were announced on Friday, February 24th. The Browns received 4 additional picks that are not included in these drafts.

Colin Valencic

First round

  1.      DE – Myles Garrett – Texas A&M

After years of missing out on the first overall pick by just a few wins, the Browns didn’t pick an awful year to be the worst team in the league record wise. That’s because the “trophy” in this year’s draft is defensive end Myles Garrett. The 6’5’’ 270 lbs junior’s name has talked about as the number one overall pick since last year’s draft ended, and for good reason. The combination of Garretts strength and athletes makes him a prototypical pass rusher, a position the Browns desperately need to address. If everything goes as planned, Garrett will be sacking quarterbacks in the brown and orange for the next decade.

  1.  S – Malik Hooker – Ohio State

Ryan Shazier, Eli Apple, Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, and many more Ohio State Buckeyes have been passed up by the Browns in drafts in recent memory, leaving many Ohioans frustrated as they see these players go on to have successful NFL careers. Due to roster need, Malik Hooker is the perfect fit for the Browns at 12. Not to take away from Hooker’s ability, the 6’2’’ safety is a ball hawk and attacks the football in passing lanes better than anyone in the country in the 2016-17 college football season. Hooker only started one year while in Columbus, so naturally his experience will be questioned, but if Hooker can stay disciplined to his role in the NFL he could make a big impact with his raw talent in year one.

Second round

  1. OT – Cam Robinson – Alabama

This is a bit wishful thinking, but I do believe the Browns are beginning to worry about life after Joe Thomas. Due to trouble with the law, Cam Robinson’s stock has fallen drastically since the beginning of the college football season so I think this may be a perfect opportunity for the Browns to pounce on a highly touted Alabama prospect. After the combine I’m sure he’ll move up the draft board, but for now I have him at 33.

  1. TE – Evan Engram – Ole Miss

Gary Barnidge second year as the feature TE in Cleveland didn’t go quite as well as his first, and in a Hue Jackson offense a good Tight-end is vital in success. Engram is extremely athletic and his ceiling is higher than some may think. His route running seems to be a bit more polished then other college tight-ends and I think Hue Jackson will jump at the opportunity to draft this man.

Third round

  1. QB Brad Kaya – Miami (FLA.)

It was coming sooner or later, I do believe the Browns will end up a number of their picks, as well as some future picks, for a quarterback before the draft. As of today, they have not yet, so Brad Kaya is the next contestant up on the longest running series in the league, “The Next Browns Quarterback,” Est. 1999. It’s like the bachelor, but much less eventful. Good luck Brad!

Fifth round

  1. WR – Trent Taylor – La. Tech

The Browns fall flat on the face with their WR selections in the second half of the draft last semester as Ricardo Louis, Seth DeValve, Jordan Payton and Rashard Higgins all should flashes, but couldn’t find consistence. The Browns will try to make good with Taylor early in the fifth round.

  1. LB – Paul Magloire – Arizona

Magloire lead the Wildcat’s defense in tackling last season in his second season starting at linebacker, and he is an athletic freak. If he is available this late, this would be a good value pick for the Browns.

Sixth round

159 – QB Josh Dobbs – Tennessee

With the Browns last pick in the 2017 draft, they’re going to just keep trying to get it right….

 

Rocco Nuosci

First Round:

  1. (1st Pick)Myles Garrett, DL, Texas A&M: The consensus “best player” of this upcoming draft class, Garrett would provide immediate help to a defense that certainly needs it… and a lot of it. If there’s one thing the New York Giants have taught us, it’s that you can win a Super Bowl with lots of depth on the D-line, and Garrett gets the Browns started in the right direction on that front. With 47 tackles for loss and 31 sacks over his collegiate career at Texas A&M, Garrett would find a nice little niche as the Browns premier pass rusher from day 1.
  2. (12th pick) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: The Browns have infuriated fans with not drafting receivers over the years which changed last year with the Corey Coleman pick (which has looked like a good one thus far), so why not give that offense another weapon? With a 6-3, 200 pound frame, Williams instantly becomes a big time threat for the Browns. Last season, Williams hauled in 98 catches for just over 1300 yards and 50 touchdowns. A receiving core of Pryor, Williams, and Coleman would be nice for whatever poor soul is stuck playing quarterback for the ol’ Brownies next year.

Second Round

  1. (33rd pick) Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU: It’s no secret that the Browns secondary has been a bit suspect in recent years. With Joe Haden’s performance as the premier cover guy continues to dwindle week by week it seems, the Browns should look to shore up that secondary. White was First Team All-America and First Team All-SEC last year and provided the Tigers with 34 broken up passes and 4 interceptions (including one pick six) during his collegiate career.
  2. (52nd pick) Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M: Why not take two Aggies in the first 2 rounds? Evans enters the draft with a 6-1, 195 pound frame that he is not afraid to use. The big hitter racked up 87 tackles last year (including 52 solo stops) along with 4 interceptions. Evans provides instant relief to a safety core that just flat is not good. Evans has also proven the ability to handle kick returns (although so could Justin Gilbert and…. Just nevermind).

Third Round

  1. (65th pick) Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech: Scratch everything you have heard about the Browns not drafting a quarterback this year. Mahomes (assuming he is still on the board) could be a great fit in Cleveland… the key word being could. Mahomes put up great numbers last year (65.7 completion percentage, 5052 passing yards, and 41 touchdowns) however his mechanics are still a bit raw and he definitely needs some polishing if he ever hopes to make an impact in the league. Having Coleman, Pryor, and possibly Mike Williams on the roster could help Mahomes out.

Fifth Round

  1. (128th pick) Kareem Are, G, Florida State: Are missed the first two games of last season via concussion. However, Dalvin Cook’s numbers increased rapidly after his return. Coincidence? Take it as you want, but any 6-6, 334 pound guard with as much strength as Are can shore up any offensive line, especially a Browns offensive line touting Alvin Bailey as its best guard. With a very weak offensive line class with no depth to it, I keep this as my only O-Line pick of the draft.
  2. (158th pick) Kevin Davis, LB, Colorado State: Cleveland’s linebacker core got much stronger with the addition of Jamie Collins, however, an upgrade over Demario Davis on the inside is needed. Davis, who is one of three players in FCS play last year to record over 100 tackles, multiple sacks, multiple forced fumbles, and at least one interception. The multi-talent linebacker would be a nice addition to the Browns’ worrisome defense.

Sixth Round

  1. (159th pick) Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin: Clement would be a nice late-round addition to a team that has gotten pretty inconsistent play from its tailbacks in Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. A hard runner, Clement had a great year with the Badgers in 2016, rushing for over 1300 yards (including a 164 yard performance against the Buckeyes) and 15 touchdowns.

Clay Wyers

Round 1, Pick 1: Myles Garrett  DE, Texas A&M

After seeing what the Eagles did with Carson Wentz last year using a pick Cleveland traded to them, I don’t think there’s any way that Cleveland trades their first pick this year. With Myles Garrett being the projected number 1 overall pick, I think its a no brainer for Cleveland to take him. Sure, we really need a QB, but we also need pretty much everything else, and finding a good pass rusher can be difficult in the NFL.

Round 1, Pick 12:   Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

I think Cleveland has a few decent options for QB, and none involve drafting a QB in the first round. Cody Kessler showed some promise, and Tyrod Taylor could be available, and I think that if the Browns take a QB, they should do it in the later rounds, firstly focus on the difficult skill positions, like CB. Humphrey’s a solid choice, coming from Alabama, and I think its a safe bet.

Round 2: Pick 1:  Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy

A big priority for the Browns should be the offensive line. We had 3 QBs start the first 3 weeks of the season, because of injuries, and whoever is the quarterback for the Browns just needs to be better protected. I think the Browns will take an OT early second round to help shore up the offensive line.

Round 2: Pick 18:  C Pat Elflein, Ohio State

Again, the Browns need a better Offensive Line. They need to stop trying to make Irving at center happen, because its not going to happen. Elflein from Ohio state could be a good pick, as he has experience as a center, is from our backyard, and knows what its like to win, atleast at the college level.

Round 3: Pick 1: Sidney Jones, CB, Washington

Another CB, the Browns need pretty much everything, and Sidney Jones could be a part of their new secondary that can finish games

5th Round:

Jordan Willis, DE Kansas State

Damontae Kazee, CB San Diego State

6th Round:

Xavier Woods, S  Lousiana Tech

Ben Thomas

Ben went with a slightly different approach to things, giving us two mock drafts. One he feels is more realistic, the other, well…. One can dream, right?

Probable Draft:

1 (1)– Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

1 (12)– Marlon Humphry, CB, Alabama

2 (33)– Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

2 (52)– Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

3 (65)– Desmond King, S, Iowa

5 (128)– Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia

5 (158)– James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh

6 (159)- Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina

Dream Draft:

1 (1)– Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

1 (12)– Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

2(33)– Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama

2 (52)- TRADE (Send to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo)

3 (65)– Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

5 (128)– TRADE (Send to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo)

5 (158)– Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia

6 (159)– James Connor, RB, Pittsburgh

Mario Beverley

Pick 1 Myles Garrett DE, Texas A&M

Pick 12 Quincy Wilson CB, Florida

Pick 33 Deshaun Watson QB, Clemson

Pick 52 Ethan Pocic OL, LSU

Pick 65  Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC

Pick 128 Avery Gennesy OT, Texas A&M

Pick 158 Marquel Lee LB, Wake Forest

Pick 159 Jerome Lane WR, Akron

Nick Jordan

Pick 1: Myles Garrett

Pick 12: Jabrill Peppers

Pick 33: DeShone Kizer

Pick 52: T.J. Watt

Pick 65: O-Lineman

Pick 128: O-Lineman

Pick 158: O-Lineman

Pick 159: O-Lineman

Analysis: Once again the Browns have a prime opportunity to add some supreme talent to the roster in the early rounds. Garrett seems to be the consensus first pick and has even said he would like to play in Cleveland if drafted (bruh, you lyin’). Hopefully the fact that Jabrill Peppers doesn’t have a set position causes him to fall to the Browns at the 12th pick; I think Peppers ends up being a safety in the NFL and that is definitely an area the team will address in the draft. If Kizer falls all the way to the second round and the Browns don’t trade for Jimmy “no guap” Garrapolo I will lose my mind with joy. T.J. Watt has the pedigree to be a star in the league and might not make it to the second round, but there is some optimism that the Browns will have a chance to snag him with their second, second round pick. In my personal opinion, if the Browns don’t draft at least three offensive linemen, the draft will be a failure.