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On Uniforms and Draft Rumors: What's New With the Browns?

The Browns finally revealed their “much” (read: kind of, sort of) anticipated new uniforms on Tuesday night and they were…well, not as underwhelming as the new logo. OK, that might be underselling them a little bit, but I find it hard for uniforms to be anything to be super excited about. Unless they are the University of Oregon’s uniforms. Or unless, apparently, you are Donte Whitner or are very like-minded to him: “If anybody loves it, it’s me who loves it….I love having Cleveland on the front and I bet you a lot of fans, if not all of them, like this Cleveland on the front” (from clevelandbrowns.com).

For those of you who had not previously seen it, one of the primary changes to the uniforms is indeed the placement of “Cleveland” in clear letters across the front of the jersey. But that is not the only change. There are other very visible ones, such as the word “Browns” written up the side of the pant leg and the larger stripes on the shoulders. There are more technical ones, such as the use of contrast stitching and the Nike Chainmaille number applications. And then there is a last and not so visible change, as “Dawg Pound” is stitched into the inside of the collar. For me, this is the coolest new feature. Sure the new all orange jersey combinations are going to be awesome, but the fact that the Browns took the extra effort (and money) to sew Dawg Pound into a place where it would be seen by no one shows an effort and a caring for the fans that many franchises often fail to display. Now, as someone who has worked in marketing before, I know how damn gimmicky this feature is, but as a fan, it absolutely does its job and definitely makes me like these jerseys more than I otherwise would have, as they initially, to be honest, kind of reminded me of the sort of jerseys that one would see in some Hollywood flick about a football team. Nonetheless, I am very excited to see them in action come fall. Although now that I think about it, that may just be because I’m ready for football to start up again. We are getting closer…

…And we are also getting closer to the Draft. As expected, there have been a slew of mock drafts and rumors all over the interwebs over the past couple of weeks, and I have found that a lot of them surround an absolutely ridiculous idea: the Browns trading up in order to draft Oregon Ducks’ QB Marcus Mariota. Now I have no doubt in my mind that if Mariota falls to 12, the Browns will snatch him up in a heartbeat. And, honestly, there is a possibility that he slips this far: If the Tennessee front office has any brains or any trust in Ken Whisenhunt, they will allow him to pick up someone like Leonard Williams to help the defensive front seven, instead of forcing Mariota upon Whisenhunt and forcing him to change up his whole offensive scheme. There seems to be consensus that the Jags are going to pick Dante Fowler or Vic Beasley at #3, and I see the other of the two going to Washington at #5. The Raiders are, like always, in need of a receiver, and that is the direction they will likely go at #4. The Falcons, Giants, and Vikings (at 8, 9, and 11, respectively) would all pass on a signal caller. The Jets, Bears, and Rams are all wildcards to pick Mariota, and I could see him going to one of them. More likely than anything though, someone will trade into the top 10 in order to draft Mariota. It will not be the Browns though. With Josh McCown able to hold down the fort for at least a year, and Manziel still around to potentially mature and develop like he was supposed to, there is absolutely no need for the Browns to give up both first round picks this year as well as additional future picks in order to move up to draft Mariota. Maybe I could see it if it was the Browns’ biggest need, or even one of their top two needs. But QB really isn’t, at all. With a (literally) huge hole in the middle of the defensive line, Danny Shelton (should he be there) at #12 makes all of the sense in the world. Then throw in an offensive lineman or receiver at #19 and the Browns suddenly have two instant impact players who will undoubtedly contribute next season, and potentially far into the future. I would take that over another mobile backup QB 100 times out of 100.

Basically, all I am trying to say is ignore all of the stupid articles trying to convince you that the Browns are definitely going to trade up. In two weeks, everyone will be saying “I’ve said all along that the (insert non-Browns team name here) were going to pull the trigger to trade up and draft Mariota.” Until then, sit back, relax, and laugh at all of the mock drafts that will overpopulate the internet…