Here's why the Browns' GM job is appealing

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

The Cleveland Browns' next general manager will inherit a mess. It's a good mess, as messes go -- one that should make this job quite appealing for a talented evaluator.

There are many reasons why this job should scare GM candidates, starting with ownership -- it's not even clear whether the next GM will be able to hire his own head coach. And for all the draft choices the Browns recently made who might stick for the future, the blue-chip difference-makers are in extremely short supply (no Browns players made our recent list of top 25 players under 25 years old).

Despite the obvious talent void, this job still carries appeal. Here's a look at seven selling points that make this position appealing:

Low benchmark for success

The Browns posted a 1-27 record during Brown's two seasons on the job. They were 10-22 under previous GM Ray Farmer. They have gone 37-91 in the past 10 seasons (since 2008) for a league-worst win rate of .289.

There is really only one way to go, and that is up. The next GM is not trying to succeed Ron Wolf, George Young, Bill Polian or some other Hall of Fame-caliber team builder. The next GM in Cleveland will look like a rousing success if the Browns even approach .500 over the next season or two.

That is a low bar to clear for earning whatever job security can exist in the NFL.

"If you ever did win there, the town would love you forever," an evaluator said.

Unreal draft capital

The Browns own two first-round picks, three second-rounders, one third-rounder, two fourth-rounders, as many as two fifths, two sixths and as many as two sevenths -- and that is in the 2018 draft alone.

The first-rounders include Cleveland's own, which could be the No. 1 pick overall, plus a first-rounder acquired from the Houston Texans, whose season fell apart after Deshaun Watson, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and others suffered injuries.

Hard-core fan base

Young roster

Cap flexibility

No commitment to lower-tier QB

The AFC North's future minus Ben


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