According to Daryl Ruiter, Cleveland Browns Beat Reporter For 92.3 “The Fan”, the Cleveland Browns reputation as a dysfunctional franchise that is not dedicated to winning, has allegedly turned off the top three draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Matt Miller, Senior NFL Draft Lead Writer For Bleacher Report reported that three potential top-10 draft picks do not want to play for Cleveland.
Miller would state, “I have now heard from three agents. all with Top 10 picks, who don’t want to play for the #Browns” in a Wednesday morning tweet.
Miller would go on to add “At least one agent said, “They(Cleveland) aren’t trying to win there, with that QB(McCoy), those draft picks”
Cleveland, who owns the fourth pick in April, have been rumored to trade down, may opt to trade out of the top 10 for the third time in four years.
Former Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini would trade the fifth overall pick in 2009 to the New York Jets—who would use the pick to land former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez—Cleveland would trade down again in the first round to eventually land current starting center Alex Mack out of California.
Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert would facilitate a Cleveland trade the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to Atlanta at #27—who would use the selection on wide receiver Julio Jones of Alabama—the Browns would trade up with Kansas City at #21 to land defensive tackle Phil Taylor out of Baylor.
Miller would also point out the poor perception hurting the Browns in free agency as a possible reason why Cleveland has not been able to land any players after being being attacked by Browns supporters on Twitter.
“#Browns fans are missing the point. A) Don’t shoot the messenger. B) Draftees not wanting to play there says a lot about free agency too.”
Miller would going on to further state that “until the ship gets righted they’re going to have trouble bring in marquee free agents”
While Cleveland is a vocal, loyal and die-hard fanbase, Miller’s words do sting with a painful reality, in the sense that Cleveland is indeed dysfunctional and needs to establish a form of continuity first.
While Holmgren and Heckert are dedicated to building the Browns thru the draft, 13 years of sub-standard, border-line junior-varsity level football that has produced 16 different starting quarterbacks, four different head coaches with Pat Shurmur being the fifth, would turn any player—including myself, if I played—off of playing in Cleveland.
When second-tier free agents such as Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon turn you down to go to a team in Washington and play for a over-spending glutton like Dan Snyder, then you know something is wrong.
Many in the Dawg Pound tend to cling to Cleveland’s eight NFL championships that pre-date the Super Bowl era, but in today’s NFL, the Browns for all of their storied and glorious past which includes Jim Brown, Otto Graham and Dante Levelli, fast forward to 2012, and Cleveland nothing more than the NFL’s new Siberia.
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