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I have a few questions for Sashi Brown and Paul DePodesta, the Cleveland Browns alleged football brain trust. What in the world were you thinking when you pa sed twice on Deshaun Watson (at No. 1 Melvin Gordon Jersey and No. 12) in the 2017 NFL Draft?How about the year prior, when you traded out of the No. 2 spot inwhich you could have selected Carson Wentz?Have you ever heard the term "franchise quarterback"?In case the Browns are oblivious to how sensational Watson has playedover the past two weeks, they will see himin person when winle s Cleveland plays in Houston on Sunday. And the pa sionate Browns fan baselikely willbe seethingafter another lo s as they think about the bad decisions to pa s on Watson and Wentz.Not to mention team owner Jimmy Haslam, who has to be wondering once again about his football operations leadership.MORE: Ranking worst of bad Browns QBsA potential franchise pa ser has to rise to the top of a team's draft board whenthat team is in need of the most important position in the sport. I can somewhat understand the apprehension over Wentzcoming out of North Dakota State, but I still would have taken him at No. 2 overall rather than trading the pick because of his obvious physical gifts. Men's Derwin James Game Jersey Watson is a different story. There should have been no cause for concernaboutdrafting the Clemson product, who I had rated as my top draft-eligible player regardle s of position,after his stellar college career.Give Houston general manager Rick Smith and coach Bill O'Brien credit for identifying Watson as a game-changing talent and trading up in the draft to get him. He fits in nicely with a fine group of skill players, includingDeAndreHopkins and Will Fuller at wide receiver, plus Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman at running back. Houston'soffensive lineis playing better than expected, with Watson's ability to escape pre sure certainlyhelping thecause.Watson's 100.7 pa ser rating through five weeksranks No. 7 in the NFL. His 49-yard touchdown run was the game-winner in Cincinnati, and he went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in a losing effort in New England. His play over the past two weeks, against the Titans and Chiefs,has made him the early favorite for offensive rookie of the year. And with defensive stars J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus out for the season, Watson will have to be even more productive.Meanwhile, Clevelandis floundering at quarterback.Second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer was the NFL's lowest-rated starter at an abysmal 49.5 with three touchdown pa ses and nine interceptions before he was benched in the second half of the Browns'lo s to the Jets last week for Kevin Hogan, who was named starter for this weeks game.When the Brownselected to draftdefensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall this year, they chose himover allof the QBs who ended up goingin the first round, includingMitchell Trubisky (No. 2, Bears), Patrick Mahomes (No. 10, Chiefs) and Watson (No. 12). There's achance Chicagoand Kansasalso may Pro Line Mens Antonio Gates Jersey have chosen the wrong quarterbacks, but at least eachtook a QB whenit was a need.Great pa s-rushers are highly valued, but even if Garrett turns into a Pro Bowler, he can't have the impact a franchise QB could he does not have the ball in his hands on every play, plus defensive ends can be double-teamed and have their effectivene s limited.The other players Cleveland selectedas a result of trading down in the last couple drafts have been a mixed bag. Kizerispart of that group, and wide receiver Corey Coleman (No. 15 overallin 2016) has just 39 career catches and is on injured reserve for the second straight year (broken hand). Safety Jabrill Peppers (No. 25this year) and right tackle Shon Coleman (third round in 2016) are starters and should become solid players. But they won't make people forget about the Browns not takingtop quarterbacks when the opportunities were there.It's mind-boggling what a quarterback graveyard Cleveland has been, with the Johnny Manziel nightmare (first roundin 2014) being the biggest mistake. Kizerstill couldbecome a decent player, as it's too early to give up on a rookie, especially one witha shaky supporting cast. But the early returns are not Junior Seau Jersey good.Occasionally a team can find a Ru sell Wilson in the third round,a Dak Prescott in the fourthor a Tom Brady in the sixth. These guys are the exceptions. It's better for a team to cast its lot with the top-rated quarterback when given the chance, and the Browns whiffed not once, not twice but three times in two years.MOCK DRAFT 2018:Browns try again at QBSo odds are Cleveland's executive VP of football operations/general manager(Brown) and love this title chief strategy officer and Joey Bosa Jersey former baseball moneyball man (DePodesta) will see their lack of foresight running roughshod over their team come Sunday in Houston.Come April, maybe they will finally get it right and use their high draft pick on one of the promising potential franchise quarterbacksin the cla s of 2018.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a busine s and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.
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