Then again, one of the benefits of only winning one game means Cleveland was fortunate to lockup this year's top overall pick, which they made a decision to use on former Texas A&M defensive standout Myles Garrett. San Francisco's first-year GM got the Bears to pull the trigger on a costly trade up for Mitchell Trubisky, then landed a player the 49ers needed at pick No. 3 anyway in Stanford star Solomon Thomas, and then jumped back into Round 1 to get another top-five talent in Reuben Foster.
Myles Garrett was the top pick of the draft on Day 1, and kicking off the second round, the Green Bay Packers landed cornerback Kevin King of Washington.
Also on Thursday night, when Trubisky and Watson were taken in first round of the NFL Draft, it marked the first time two quarterbacks from current ACC schools were chosen in the first round since 1983 when Jim Kelly (Miami) and Dan Marino (Pitt) were each chosen.
Surely, they came out for the festival that marked a return of the draft to the city that hosted the NFL's first draft in 1936, and hadn't done so since 1961. It did, eventually. It just took a while. Simmons was chosen 98th in last year's Draft, Johnson was selected 91st this year.
"They transformed our city into this incredible draft village", said fan Dan Neubert. The best part about the Browns' quarterback choice is that it wasn't the centerpiece of the draft.
ESPN has had a pretty rough week by just about any measure, and though positive ratings news probably isn't much solace for those who lost their jobs, the Worldwide Leader's NFL Draft broadcast did pick up some year-over-year gains. If they're a college player there's a chance you could see them in two years.
Say what you want about the Browns not getting a quarterback, but in my opinion, the team didn't chase the draft in this first round. From here, the situation of monitoring free agents Gavin Andrews and Devin Chappell comes into focus, as both of these players are likely to either be signed by a team in the coming days or secure an National Football League training camp invite sometime this summer.
The New York Jets took LSU safety Jamal Adams at No. 6 for the third defensive pick in the top 10. Ted Thompson went after running backs in the back end of the draft, and while all three might not make the team in the end, it gives them a lot of options at the position.