Yes, that’s right Browns fans, you read the title correctly. The Cleveland Browns have managed to find someone willing to give us something for one of the worst offensive linemen I have seen in quite a while.
Sashi Brown, who is the Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Browns, is accumulating future draft picks in real-life like I do in my franchise mode games of Madden on the PS4. For OL Cameron Erving, he has managed to get a 2018 5th round pick from the Kansas City Chief. I find this amazing and wonder which highlight reels they’ve been watching to think that he’s worth anything at all. I was sure he was for cutting and not trading.This deal now gives the Browns 13 picks in the 2018 NFL draft to continue the rebuild that this front office and Sashi have been employed to carry out. I can’t imagine they’ll keep and use all 13 of those picks but they are accumulating some serious ammo to do deals with in that or future drafts.
This deal now gives the Browns 13 picks in the 2018 NFL draft to continue the rebuild that this front office and Sashi have been employed to carry out. I can’t imagine they’ll keep and use all 13 of those picks, but they are accumulating some serious ammo to do deals with in that or future drafts.
Erving was a 1st round pick (19th overall) in the 2015 draft and was the second of two 1st-rounders the Browns had (DT Danny Shelton being the other at 12th overall). We were led to believe that he was talented and could play at any position along the offensive line but, as time has gone on and tape has been amassed, it turns out that the total opposite is the case – he can play every position along the offensive line equally badly.
He’s been tried at center after the departure of Alex Mack to the Atlanta Falcons but wasn’t very good, so an instant upgrade in the form of JC Tretter was brought in this off-season. He has also tried playing at tackle last year but was awful and fellow youngster, Shon Coleman has won the starting right tackle job for 2017. Erving was beaten way too often and way too easily – it was embarrassing to watch. He’s also filled in at guard as injuries hit but failed at that also.
The Browns still need some depth along the offensive line and in the back of my mind I had a nagging feeling that they might keep Erving because of his supposed versatility. This move fills me with even more confidence in this new front office and with the decisions they are making to improve the team.
I’m not bashing on Cameron Erving because I have some kind of ‘thing’ against him, as I genuinely haven’t. I wish he’d turned out to be the quality versatile lineman we were told he was when he was taken so ridiculously high by GM Ray Farmer and HC Mike Pettine. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but why on earth they took him with the 19th overall pick baffled most of us then and has continued to do so ever since.
As is the usual line when these trades happen with an underperforming player involved, maybe a change of scenery will do him good and the Chiefs can get something from him. From what I’ve seen, I think their offensive line coach is going to have to work miracles but, hey, what do I know? I’m just a fan.
The previous front office messed up on too many of their high draft pick choices, and Erving is a prime example of that. When he’s not getting beaten or knocked on his ass, he’s giving away penalties for false starts and holding – the guy just looks lost on an NFL field.
Anyway, the deal is done and good luck Kansas City, it’ll be interesting to see if they can turn him into a NFL-calibre player. Also, a massive “WELL DONE” to Sashi for getting something for this guy!
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