We’re riding into this President’s Day long weekend with four of your questions.
Let’s get right to it.
Oddly, this has been a question I’ve gotten a bunch over the past month or so. That’s what happens when you make the number of trades Cleveland has since the start of the 2018 league year. It can get a little confusing, and that’s understandable, but we’re here to provide what we hope is some definitive clarity.
As of today, Friday, Feb. 15, the Browns have 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. Not nine. Not 11. Ten.
Here’s how it breaks down.
- The Browns hold their own picks in Rounds 1-6. We know the first pick will be No. 17, the second-rounder will be No. 49 and the third-rounder will be No. 80.
- The Browns own the Patriots’ third-round pick and fifth-round pick. The third-rounder came in the Danny Shelton trade and falls at No. 95. The fifth-rounder came in the Josh Gordon trade.
- Cleveland owns Jacksonville’s fifth-round pick because of the Carlos Hyde trade.
- The Browns also own a seventh-round pick from Jacksonville because of the Cody Kessler trade. That pick was initially considered conditional, but the requirements were made to officially give it to the Browns.
So that gets us to 10. Here are the picks Cleveland DOESN’T have.
- Cleveland sent its own seventh-rounder to New Orleans in a trade for defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence.
- The seventh-round pick Cleveland acquired from San Francisco in the Shon Coleman trade went to New England in the Gordon trade.
- The seventh-round pick Cleveland acquired from Pittsburgh in a 2017 trade for wide receiver Sammie Coates went to Miami in the Jarvis Landry trade.
During the last 8 games when Freddie was OC did the Browns have any delay of game penalties? Not sure if you have this stat but I don't remember any of those penalties, just maybe a last-second timeout or two. -- Bob R., Novelty
According to the ever-valuable NFLPenalties.com, the Browns did not commit any delay of game penalties while Freddie Kitchens was the team’s offensive coordinator. On the flip side, Cleveland’s defense helped induce delay of game penalties in games against Carolina and Denver during that stretch.
Nick Chubb’s numbers would likely have been comparable to Saquon Barkley’s had he started the entire season. In my opinion, he’s a vital part to the offensive chemistry. How, if at all, will the addition of Kareem Hunt affect Chubb’s playing time? I’m happy for the addition of talent but Chubb is a perfect fit and just may be one of the best RBs in the NFL. How do you see this playing out? -- Mark B., Alexandria, Indiana
Right now, it’s the middle of February and there’s still a lot that needs to unfold before we can start to analyze this type of question. First, the Browns are awaiting the results of the NFL’s investigation into Hunt. As that’s playing out and in the months afterward, Hunt needs to establish trust with the organization through his actions away from the field.
“Once he understands his situation, he is now working toward being a better man moving forward. By no means from an organizational standpoint is this a guarantee of anything,” Browns general manager John Dorsey said Monday. “As we all know, trust has to be earned, and that has to be earned with the Cleveland Browns organization and the community of Cleveland moving forward. This will be a day-to-day thing in terms of earning trust.”
Hunt would join a Browns backfield that amassed 1,197 yards between Chubb and veteran Duke Johnson last season. There’s no such thing as too much talent at any position, and that especially applies at running back. Dorsey, though, barely mentioned the prospects of that type of situation because it’s far too early in the process.
“That is competitive depth,” Dorsey said. “With any situation like this, what you attempt to do is get your facts, understand the situations involved, understand who the person is and who drives that person. I keep coming back to this – there are no guarantees. You are going to have to earn the trust in this situation. I truly believe that he will be a better man moving forward than he was in the past.”
Mayfield had a very good year and beat some of the best quarterbacks in the amount of touchdown passes he threw. What did those other quarterbacks do in their second year? -- James N., Indiantown, Florida
This is a fun one. Let’s go through the entire top 10, which now starts with Baker Mayfield after he broke the record in 2018.
Peyton Manning: Year 1 - 26; Year 2 - 26
Russell Wilson: Year 1 - 26; Year 2 - 26
Andrew Luck: Year 1 - 23; Year 2 - 23
Dak Prescott: Year 1 - 23; Year 2 - 22
Jim Kelly: Year 1 - 22; Year 2 - 19
Jameis Winston: Year 1 - 22; Year 2 - 28
Derek Carr: Year 1 - 21; Year 2 - 32
Cam Newton: Year 1 - 21; Year 2 - 19
Andy Dalton: Year 1 - 20; Year 2 - 27
Robert Griffin III: Year 1 - 20; Year 2 - 16
Dan Marino: Year 1 - 20; Year 2 - 48
Sign me up for the Dan Marino plan.