Hue Jackson and the Cleveland Browns do not care if they get the overall pick for next year’s draft. They already broke the curse and want to finish strong this season when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to Zac Jackson of Pro Football Talk, the Browns are one loss away from getting the no.1 pick. But Jackson and the Browns have a different plan when they exit this season that includes their second win. He stresses that the team is ready to play for Sunday and not for what is at stake in April.
“Oh no, we are trying to win a game,” Jackson said, per the team’s official transcript. “That talk, we don’t even get into. Like I said before, these guys worked so hard that every chance you go out there, you try to win.”
Browns fate in 2017
The Browns actually are one of two teams assured of a top 10 pick in next year’s draft. At 1-14, the Browns could either end up (depending on the outcome against the Steelers) in the first or second spot. Aside from that, they also have the Eagles’ first-round pick that could change their fate next season. Aside from the Browns, the San Francisco 49ers (2-13) also joins them for the top pick next year.
“All of that will take care of itself on how it all unfolds. First pick, second pick, the third pick, there are good players every year. We see ourselves at the top of the draft regardless of how we finish. We will be fine that way,” Jackson explained.
Finishing in a tie, the 49ers will likely snag the top pick via the strength of opponent tiebreaker. But Jackson does not want it as their team’s mindset going into their match against the Steelers this week. Jackson adds that they are not yet thinking about the draft just yet and wants to reverse their fate.
“I don’t know much about this draft yet and how it is going to unfold. That is not what concerns me. I am more concerned about getting this team ready to play and go win,” Jackson said.
Can they pass by the Steelers?
Going up against the Steelers, many are not bent for the Browns to walk away with the win. But with their performance against the Chargers, the host team is not taking any chances either. Robert Griffin III got cleared to play this week while Cameron Erving has been effective at the right tackle position.
The Browns, though its Twitter account announced that Griffin met with another neurologist for a second opinion. They stated that he was given the green light to return in calling the snaps for the team this Sunday.
Meanwhile, Joel W. Cade/FanSided via Dawg Pound Daily wrote Erving seemed comfortable with his new position. The roster movements proved effective for the Browns, especially with their win over the Chargers last week.
“The transition from Erving will be an interesting one. Some of the things he does well will translate to tackle. Likewise, some of the things he struggles with will continue to haunt him at tackle,” Cade wrote.
No matter what others may think, Jackson and the Browns will go for the kill this Sunday. Win or lose, they already assured of a top 10 pick in the coming draft. This will come as a surprise, especially for the Steelers as the Browns are coming strong and determined.
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