Giants, Browns lead race for 2018 first draft pick

November 16, 2017

The second half of the football season is underway and there are a couple teams whose season is completely over and their focus should be on the race for the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Some teams have surprised us with the level of play they have displayed so far this year and because of the downfall of these teams, their season is practically over.

So who will win that first overall pick? We will have to have to wait and see, even though there are three teams that are in the hunt for that pick and the way they are playing, it could go to either one of them.

The Cleveland Browns are the worst team in the National Football League right now. They have zero wins despite drafting some pretty good players in the 2017 draft. What they continue to miss on and is a great quarterback who can lead their team and who they can also build their team around.

The Browns had three first round picks in the 2017 draft and looked right pass DeShaun Watson, who we all saw and believed he showed us something different as a rookie playing the way he did.

Instead they chose the draft a different Deshone, Kizer that is, who is not horrible, but when you had the opportunity to draft better you elected not to.

One thing they did well was get their defense in order. They have a pretty decent defense with some young players who can and will become great players. Rookies Myles Garrett and Jabrill Peppers will be key components in making this defense great in the future.

Until they get an offense to not only compete but show consistency, they’ll have put all these losing seasons and top picks to something good and give their fans something to cheer about. With a win by the San Francisco 49ers, the Browns are now in the lead for the first pick with 75 percent, according to ESPN’s football Power Index.

The San Francisco 49ers would be the runner-up for the first overall pick in the draft right now. Their chances went down some Nov. 12 with a win against the decimated New York Giants. Their percentage of winning that first overall pick is now at 21 percent.

Kyle Shanahan has put together a competitive team in just a short time. Their offense is not that bad but if he made the Atlanta Falcons offense historically great last year, I can imagine what he will do with this offense in the future.

One thing he is going to have to do is get some playmakers. While he was in Atlanta, he inherited awesome offensive players he just had to get on the same page with them so they would become successful.

Now in San Francisco, he gets to build his own offense to the vision he has. He is starting to make some changes when he decided to trade with the New England Patriots for their back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo has shown in his time with the Patriots that he can play in this league and play well.

Also, it doesn’t hurt you any to have spent many years learning behind Tom Brady and learning from one of the best sports coaches ever, Bill Belichick. With the injury to their rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard’s right thumb, it looks like we will get to see Garoppolo in the last six games after all.

The last team in the race for the first overall pick is the New York Giants with a very slight 4 percent. The Giants have been one huge disappointment the entire season. I do not know of any writer, analyst or fan who predicted this kind of season from the Giants.

We all knew they had a horrible offensive line but to think they would have a record of 1-9 was not a thought. Yes, they were hit by the injury bug when just about their entire wide receiver corps went down for the season with injuries. Their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. was not himself. The offensive line could not protect quarterback Eli Manning. The defense, which we thought would be good, could not stop a soul but how can you blame them completely when the offense couldn’t stay on the field.

With the remaining schedules, it looks like the Browns will once again win the first overall pick.


Shaquita Newton is a sports blogger. She can be reached at


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