Draft option one: Myles Garrett

jerry-jones-not-so-amused-by-myles-garrett-video-2017When discussing the Browns and the draft, one name come up consistently: Myles Garrett.

The defensive end out of Texas A&M is perhaps the most talented defensive player in the draft and is quite possibly the most skilled player on either side of the ball.

Garrett draws comparisons to Houston Texans star Jadeveon Clowney. He’s quick off the line and already defends the run excellently.

Garrett’s size also works to his advantage. He’s a physical beast, standing at 6’5 and weighing 270 pounds.

Garrett likely has the greatest upside of anyone entering the draft. Should he develop like some scouts think he might, superstardom would be assured. But things don’t always go as planned, and scouts do note several red flags when examining the prospect.

Garrett needs work defending the pass. He’s slower to the quarterback than some would like and probably needs to become more adept at using his body to get past offensive linemen. He lacks a swim move or something of that nature.

Perhaps more worrisome is the doubt that some scouts have called to his effort. They say he may have taken some plays off in college. In the NFL, where the competition is elite every Sunday, Garrett will have to bring his a-game every game.

Despite the potential drawbacks, Garrett enters the draft as a likely selection for the Browns. The team mustered only 15 sacks last season and often failed to pressure opposing quarterbacks, so any help is needed.

If Garrett ends up in Cleveland, one can only hope he turns out better than the last A&M product the team took a chance on, Johnny Manziel.

-Ethan Kibbe

Jersey 8: The 1974-80 road golds

1974-homeIf you like the current home and away uniforms, then it’s hard not to like these jerseys as well. First and foremost, they look great. The colors are clean, the horizontal stripes look fantastic, and the colors pop.  Once again, these jerseys are perfect for their era: showy, a little gaudy, and perfectly 70s.

These jerseys were worn by some pretty lousy Cavs teams. It took the franchise awhile to become decent. That being said, some Cavs greats wore these duds. Stars like Campy Russel, Austin Carr and Nate Thurmond donned these gold masterpieces. Partly for nostalgia’s sake, and partly for their elegance, these jerseys grab the eighth spot in our countdown.

-Ethan Kibbe

Jersey 9: The 1974-80 road reds

1974-roadThis jersey is, in a word, fantastic. It epitomizes ’70s style.

First and foremost, it carries the original wine and cold scheme set forth by the team in the inaugural 1970 season. What’s more, it incorporates the gold with fantastic horizontal stripes running the length of the jersey and continuing onto the shorts.

Should these shorts or these jerseys be worn in this era. No. Never, ever in today’s world. But in the 70s and 80s? Absolutely.

It’s hard not to love the deep red short shorts paired with the flashy jersey. This uniform is flamboyant and showy, and it’s perfect for an era that saw the cavs begin to have some real success in the NBA.

Most importantly, this jersey was worn during the Miracle of Richfield season, and that alone gets the uniform a spot in the top 10.

 

Jersey 10: The Current Road Uniform

2010-roadThe 10th-best uniform in Cavaliers history is the one the team currently wears on the road.

What makes it great? First, it has the team’s original wine-and-gold color scheme. The deep red hue and the dark yellow look great together.

Also, the jersey is simple. It is two toned, the stripes are clean and crisp, and the colors are not distracting to the viewer. It is classically elegant.

Finally, it reads “Cleveland” across the chest. Not Cavaliers. Cleveland. Continue reading “Jersey 10: The Current Road Uniform”

Fashion Time: Counting Down the Cavaliers’ Best Uniforms

In their 47-year existence, the Cavaliers had worn a variety of different uniforms. They’ve even worn several different color schemes. But which uniform is the best ever? And what makes it so great?

Here’s a look a the definitive ranking of the Cavs’ 10-best uniforms. More-detailed posts will follow with a explanation of what sets each look apart. Enjoy, and GO CAVS!

2010-road.png10. The current road uniforms.

1974-home.png9.The 1974-80 road duds.

1974-road.png8. The 1974-80 home uniforms.

2003-road.png7. The 2003-10 road jersey

1983-road.png6. The 1983-87 road look

2014-road-alternate.png5.The current road alternate

2009-cavfanatic.png4. The current Cavfanatic or “stretch” jersey

1987-road.png3. The 1987-1989 road jersey

2003-home.png2. The 2003-2010 home duds

2005-alternate1.The 2005-2010 road alternates

-Ethan Kibbe

 

 

A Draft Dilemma

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On April 27, when representatives of all 32 NFL franchises gather in Philadelphia for the annual amateur draft, the Brows will have their pick of the litter.

By posting a historically bad 1-15 record in 2016, the Browns earned received the first overall pick in the draft. With a roster that is shoddy at best, the team could go several directions with the pick.

It goes without saying that a team does not finish 1-15 because its roster just needs a little tweaking. The Browns roster has more holes than a golf course. Continue reading “A Draft Dilemma”

Owners Series – Dan Gilbert, Cavaliers

Our owners series begins with a look at Dan Gilbert of the Cavaliers. Check out the video below for more information, and look for next week’s video on the Dolan family, the owners of the Indians. If you liked this video or would like to see other posts of this nature, say so in the comments. Most of all, though, Go Cleveland!

Images courtesy of Getty images, Wikipedia and USA Today.

-Ethan Kibbe