The Browns have made some interesting quarterback decisions over the last few years, and their position in the 2018 NFL Draft sets them up for a chance at redemption or a way to continue the trend of disappointment.
That means two top-4 picks in this year’s draft would sit the bench the entire season, neither guaranteed a starting job in Year 2, either. Supposing one of them were to win the starting job in 2019, the other would be left to rot as a backup or be traded. Either way, the Browns waste a top-4 pick.
The Browns own five picks in the top 64 picks. They don’t even need to take one quarterback with their top-two picks. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is largely considered the best player in the draft and would immediately upgrade the Browns’ roster. Cleveland could then take N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb at No. 4 to bolster their pass rush. That way it gets two immediate starters that could be perennial Pro Bowlers.
With so many picks in the second round, Cleveland could then trade back up into the first round to get either Mason Rudolph or Lamar Jackson, who could become the best two quarterbacks in this draft.
The allure of taking a quarterback early has bitten the Browns time and time again. It’s time to change their ways by waiting on a quarterback and taking players actually capable of helping them win games.
Pina, who spent his first two big league seasons with the Royals, was hitting .219 with a homer and three RBIs when he went on the DL retroactive to April 13 with a strained left calf.
In other news, shortstop Orlando Arcia got the day off because of stomach pain, though his ailing ankle was fine. Left-hander Boone Logan also threw a simulated game without any trouble from his left triceps strain, and is expected to join Double-A Biloxi on a rehab assignment.
Spoelstra said Friday he wasn’t “making any excuse” for Whiteside, but that injuries were simply part of the reality of playing in the NBA.
“Players have to go through that from time to time,” Spoelstra said. “But he played six weeks with that not at a level that he wanted to. Then we had to sit him out for six weeks, and from there it just became uneven.”
Spoelstra said several times during the Heat’s first-round series that it was his responsibility to get more from Whiteside, whose diminished minutes in the first two games of the series were in part due to the Sixers playing smaller lineups with Joel Embiid (orbital fracture) sidelined.
Embiid returned for Game 3, but that didn’t lead to more playing time for Whiteside. The Heat center picked up two fouls in the opening six minutes of the first quarter and was limited by foul trouble for much of the game.