Browns coach Hue Jackson knows that 0-16 will be a hard sell for college prospects such as UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, top free agents and even fans who've jumped off the bandwagon in droves. What's more, the Browns now have the NFL's worst two-season record ever at 1-31, and worst three-season mark at 4-44. It's why we've already seen one report, by ESPN, that Rosen would prefer the Giants over the Browns, and even Rosen himself said last week at the Cactus Bowl that he'd rather go to the right team at a lower pick than the wrong team at a higher pick. He didn't specifically mention the Browns, but he also didn't come out and deny the Giants-over-Browns report. Cleveland has the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the draft and the Giants have the No. 2. "I don't really want to comment about the young quarterbacks who may be coming out,'' he said. "In general, being 0-16, the stigma that comes with that is that we're going to have to do some recruiting everywhere. First of all, not just players, we have to re-recruit our fans. We have to re-recruit everybody who is associated with the Cleveland Browns first and foremost.'' Last year's No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett said before the draft that he didn't want to play in the cold, and Deshaun Watson begged Jerry Jones to draft him in a video interview. Garrett has since come around, and even had some advice for the 2018 No. 1 overall pick after the Bears game.
How Hue Jackson will have to sell the 0-16 Browns to the Josh Rosens and free agents
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 2