Like many in the UK, I woke up to the news that Odell Beckham Jr had been traded to the Cleveland Browns. The Giants got a 1st and 3rd round pick for the star wide receiver. Wow.
From the Browns point of view, that’s a good deal. Compare what the Browns could have got in the draft with the 17th overall pick to what they now have with Beckham on the roster. Not sure there’s anyone that you’d take. OBJ is paired with his college team mate Jarvis Landry as well as Antonio Calloway (who had a good rookie season) and tight end David Njoku who is continuing to get better. As for running backs – Nick Chubb ended the season well and Kareem Hunt will come in whenever he’s served whatever ban he gets served by the NFL. And the conductor of all of that – Baker Mayfield who was in the running for offensive rookie of the year. You would struggle to build a better team in a Fantasy Football league and yet John Dorsey has done it for real.
And it’s not just the offence that has had a boost this offseason. Signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and bringing in Olivier Vernon on a trade to add to Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi makes the Browns defensive line one of the better in the league. Another cornerback and maybe a linebacker to replace cap casualty Jamie Collins will see this team well.
What of the Giants? Well surely now they’re heading into a full rebuild. They HAVE to take a new quarterback, presumably targeting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick in the draft. They also now have the 17th overall pick which they could use to further bolster the offensive line, defensive line or try and bring in another WR1. With the departure of Landon Collins as well, it’s not clear to see what area of the team takes the priority and I think we’ll need to wait for free agency to play out a bit more, and then the draft to really see what GM Dave Gettleman is actually doing.