Cleveland Browns fans were let down in one of the biggest ways on Sunday after the 27-26 loss to New England. Browns fans were excited that their team lead the entire game, that was until the last 61 seconds of the game. Tom Brady was able to lead the Patriots to a win with two touchdown drives, including a miracle onside kick recovery and a costly pass interference penalty in the end zone.
Browns fans are used to this let down, but for some reason it stung a little deeper on Sunday. With a huge draft upcoming in 2014, what should Browns fans expect for next year? Yes, the Browns are going to be loading up on rookies, but is that something that will make an immediate impact? Barkevious Mingo was taken in the first round last year and hasn’t lived up to expectations on the amount of sacks that some expected him to have.
The idea that the Browns will get better from their draft is going to be a hit or miss. Rookies are something to build on, but in Cleveland they need some sort of success soon. Fans have been waiting patiently since 1999 for a team to root for. Out of the twelve rookies on the starting roster, none of them are starters on offense or defense, including Mingo. Leon McFadden is now in because of an injury and Mingo is usually in on most of the Browns fans.
The Browns also do not have a great history of drafting the right guy. From Tim Couch over Donovan McNabb to Brandon Weeden over Russell Wilson, the Browns have dropped the ball over the past 15 drafts. In every draft the Browns had a number one pick, usually the next few players made the Pro Bowl. The Browns have found success though recently with Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Joe Haden, and most recently Josh Morgan. For Cleveland fans’ sanity, they better start getting a few more next year.