Browns set for HBO's 'Hard Knocks' despite 0-16 season

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HBO has revealed that Cleveland has been selected as the next team to be featured on its documentary training camp series Hard Knocks. The former Heisman Trophy victor is the final piece to a young, physical, and athletic roster that the Browns have been building for the past few years.

Even Baker Mayfield wasn't certain the Cleveland Browns would make him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 National Football League draft.

The Browns were already rewarded going 0-16 last season by getting the first pick in the draft last month. Six teams were eligible this year, and the network apparently chose Cleveland over San Francisco, Denver, San Diego, Baltimore and Washington. But unlike those situations, the Browns have spent the last few years building a young, physical, athletic roster and the only thing they lacked was a franchise quarterback.

With all that being said, the upcoming edition of "Hard Knocks" this summer has loads of potential, because it was announced on Thursday that the Cleveland Browns will be the featured team, marking the first time in at least a decade that anything involving the Browns has excited anyone.

"NFL Films has always been exceptional at bringing fans closer to the game and they do an outstanding job with every show they produce, including HBO's Hard Knocks", Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said.

Perhaps the two biggest non-Mayfield storylines are 1) How long will veteran Tyrod Taylor remain the starting quarterback? and 2) Will Hue Jackson, he of the 1-31 record, survive the season?

While the departure of All-Pro tackle Joe Thomas is a hit to the Browns' offensive line, new Browns general manager John Dorsey was far from stagnant when it came to aquiring veteran talent this offseason. "Hard Knocks" should have gone with the champs. "We want to be great partners in this league, and we also recognize Hard Knocks gives fans a special opportunity to learn more about our team and players". Jackson was the Bengals running back coach when Cincinnati was featured on the show in 2013.