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Reasons 'Draft Day' should be about Baltimore

Jeff Gross

Draft Day

This is a film in which the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns needs to figure out who is rightfully deserving of his first overall pick in the NFL draft. This film depicts the Browns being successful in front office management, drafting, and perpetually thriving.

But what's strange is that this movie creates a story about a real team with realistic elements while depicting a currently unsuccessful franchise and making them look greater than what they have managed of late. Instead, change the film's main protagonist into a successful management team — one that is continually proving to be a top front office and more than deserving of such a film. It's clear the Baltimore Ravens fit the depth and scope of Draft Day perfectly.

The Browns are known for being ineffective and unsuccessful. When talked about, the Browns' most common phrases unfortunately sound off as, "This is the year," and, "Just one piece away". A team that consistently misses the playoffs being represented with a great front office is contradicting. The Cleveland Browns are not thought of when speaking of rewarding management.

Where the Browns lack in front office, the Baltimore Ravens have as a focal point. Baltimore's front office consists of arguably the best General Manager in the league, Ozzie Newsome. Every team wants to find a GM like the Wizard of Oz. His first selection for the reborn Ravens became Hall of Fame player Jonathan Ogden. His second choice was an undersized linebacker from the University of Miami, Ray Lewis. In the first round alone, Newsome has drafted 10 Pro Bowl worthy talents out of 18. With such a robust resume, a film characterizing impressive moves from Newsome would match Draft Day's intentions.

In the last 16 years, Cleveland has drafted within the top 10 an astounding nine times. Drafting in the top 10 is nothing a Browns fan hasn't heard before. A feature film about a team who has drafted third or higher five times in fifteen years sounds unappealing, and shows the exact opposite of a talented front office.

While Cleveland has reached the postseason once in the past 15 years, the Baltimore Ravens have managed to make the playoffs nine times. In the last 14 years and nine postseason showings, the Ravens have managed to not only arrive at the Super Bowl twice, but raise the Lombardi Trophy both times. A bottom-feeding team with an unsuccessful front office having a film about them doesn't add up. A franchise that is successful, retains a firm front office, and a team which doesn't fight to stay above .500 makes a bigger splash.

It is blatantly obvious the Ravens deserved Draft Day unlike the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens' front office provides a foundation on which a franchise may stand. The Ravens' continued success on the field exemplifies material to be provided and shared towards the silver screen viewers.

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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