This is a follow up article to two of my previous articles titled “The Cleveland Brown’s Top 10 Most Valuable Players of the 2016-2017 Season (3-5)” and “The Cleveland Brown’s Top 10 Most Valuable Players of the 2016-2017 Season (6-10)” I suggest you read these articles either before or after you read this one! The Brown’s historically bad season which will be known infamously for ages has come to a close, but we are going to look back on it in an optimistic way. Today I will be recapping the two best players on a bad Cleveland Browns team this past season.
2: Terrelle Pryor, WR
Terrelle Pryor has had his best season in his short, yet crazy, NFL career. Pryor was drafted into the NFL as a quarterback by the Oakland Raiders. Pryor was a solid quarterback at times, but he was also very inconsistency. Despite Pryor’s decent numbers, he could not earn himself a roster spot on an atrocious Raiders team. On the bright side for Pryor, he was very tall, so he transferred himself to the wide receiver position. Following this transition, the only team that would give him a chance were the Cleveland Browns. Pryor didn’t see the field much in his first season as a receiver, but this year he played a lot more because of his success. Throughout the season, fans and other teams never thought he was “for real” so he often had a mismatch. Another thing that contributed to Terrelle Pryor’s success is the fact that he got targeted 140 times! Terrelle Pryor got more targets than any quarterback on the Browns got completions. Pryor’s impressive year had some impressive stats to go along with it. Pryor had 77 catches for 1007 yards and four touchdowns. At the age of 27, Pryor has most likely hit his prime, and he could potentially play at such a high level for a few years. Pryor is set to become a free agent this year, and I expect him to get a contract worth more than $42 million. The question for the Browns becomes, should we resign him? I don’t think the Brown’s should resign Pryor because the Browns have a lot of depth at wide receiver, and they should save their cap room for bigger name free agents who could be a good player to add to their current young core, or a player who would be a great sign and trade piece to let the Browns gain more draft picks.
1: Christian Kirksey, MLB
The MVP of the 2016-2017 Browns is Christian Kirksey! Kirksey recorded 148 tackles this season, which was almost the most in the entire NFL. Kirksey’s impact was a huge surprise for the Browns, as the didn’t expect the former Iowa Hawkeye to be this good. Kirksey was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft with the 71st overall selection. Kirksey made his value known this year, in his third season. Kirksey had 2.5 sacks along with 3 pass deflections this season. Kirksey is everything you can want in a linebacker, making him a key piece for the Brown’s for years to come!