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2009 DRAFT PICKS
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Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 21 Alex Mack OC California #2 OC Round 2
2 36 Brian Robiskie WR Ohio State #8 WR Round 2

Senior Bowl practice comment

Robiskie came on strong as the week progressed.  He showed good moves and hands.  He looked very reliable and dependable but did not make big plays.
2 50 Mohamed Massaquoi WR Georgia #9 WR Round 2

Senior Bowl practice comment

Massaquoi was a highlight film including a great catch against tough coverage; did have one drop but all in all looked very good while he was there (injured).

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Massaquoi came into Senior Bowl practices with a rep for being inconsistent catching the ball.  However, before leaving with an injury, Massaquoi was a highlight reel of exception catches.  He showed the separation and hands to be a very good NFL receiver, and that is exactly what I expect him to be.
2 52 David Veikune DE Hawaii #8 DE Round 2

Senior Bowl practice comment

Veikune caught my attention big time.  He looked like an extremely good pass rusher.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

6 - 4 Oher 2-2   Johnson 1-1   Kropog 2-0   Watkins 1-1

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Veikune really jumped out during Senior Bowl practices.   He was a pass rushing demon.  Of the many hybrid speed rushers in this class, I believe Veikune is one who can keep his hand in the dirt (rather than converting to 3-4 outside linebacker) and eventually be a three down defensive end in the NFL.  Although a bit small for a defensive end, the kid is very, very strong.
4 104 Kaluka Maiava LB Southern Cal #15 OLB Round 5
6 177 Don Carey CB Norfolk State NR Late Round Value
6 191 Coye Francies CB San Jose State #17 CB Round 4

Senior Bowl practice comment

Francies had some good moments in coverage, including press coverage.  He also played physically and had a big hit in 11 on 11's.
6 195 James Davis RB Clemson #19 RB Round 5

Senior Bowl practice comment

Not a great week for Davis, but data was limited.  He did not show consistent hands catching the ball and did not stand out in blitz pickup.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

1 - 4 Fokou 1-2   Maualuga 0-2
FA ---- Phillip Hunt LB Houston NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Nate Ness FS Arizona NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Jordan Norwood WR Penn State #26 WR Round 5

 

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2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

I liked the Browns trade with the Jets.  The player they selected with the second round pick, Veikune will be a very good NFL player.  Their trade with the Bucs was also fine because it was a "no harm no foul" trade.  However, I would have stayed at 19 and drafted a player other than Mack.  I also think the Browns not selecting a running back higher than round six will come back to haunt them.

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As previously mentioned I would have stopped trading at #19.  That way the Browns could have drafted Macklin and followed up with a center a the top of round two.  As it is the Browns selected my #2 rated center, however his grade was close to Eric Wood's grade.  While I disagree with their strategy, Mack will be a solid starting center for a long time in the NFL.

Given the selection of Mack, Robiskie was a good pick at the top of round two.  Robiskie is NFL_ready.  He will be a reliable target, but is not a big-play guy.  However, if the Browns selected Macklin in round one, it is very possible that Mack would have still been on the board for them here.  The Bills took Wood, and it's quite possible they had him as their #1 center like me.  However if Mack was off the board, Wood or even Unger would have been fine here.

Massaquoi is an interesting player.  He was on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him in the draft.  He had a rep coming into Senior Bowl practices of dropping balls on occasion.  However, he was a highlight reel of terrific catches in practice before getting injured.  While Robiskie is lower ceiling, low floor; Massaquoi is high ceiling, higher floor.  Based on my grade, you know I believe Massaquoi will grow into a playmaker in the NFL.  This, however, brings up another point.  If the Browns stayed at #19, they could have drafted Wells or Donald Brown and gone with just Massaquoi at receiver in round two.   Oh well, we'll see if these missed opportunities come back to haunt the Browns.

Veikune was a great pick by Cleveland.  He will be one of the steals of this draft.  He will give the Browns a pass rushing force at outside linebacker.  The kid has a non-stop motor, is very strong, very smart, and has good pass rushing moves.  Being in a position to grab Veikune was one of the best outcomes of the Browns' trade with the Jets.

Maiava will play inside in the Browns' 3-4 defense and he could be a solid player there.  While he has a chance to grow into a starter, I would have drafted running back Javon Ringer here.  I believe the kid will be a very good NFL running back.  I don't believe I am the only person who feels that Lewis is not that far away from becoming a three yards and a cloud of dust back.  Ringer would have been a good long term answer at running back for Cleveland.  Certainly if not Ringer, the Browns would have been better served here drafting tight end Shawn Nelson.

Carey was drafted where I thought he would go, however, there were some corners I had a much better grades on available here.  For taller corners I had Mickens and Trent with higher grades.  I clearly would have tabbed one of those two over Carey.

Francies fell because of poor workout numbers.  However, he has good skills, better in fact than Carey.  Drafting him and Carey is like the Browns saying, "I'm not sure, you two fight it out so I can see who is better".  While in round six that's okay, with Mickens taken in Carey's spot I would have been confident to go in another direction here, maybe with TE Cameron Morrah.

With the pick that I never would have accumulated, the Browns took running back James Davis, a back I do not believe offers more than a being a decent backup.  As a backup I would have gone with Javarris Williams over Davis.  Also, this could have been a spot to roll the dice on Bernard Scott, a very talented kid, one who could be a star, but a kid with lots of off thee field issues, including multiple run-ins with the law.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Hunt has the athletic ability and quickness to warrant a look at OLB in the Browns' 3-4 defense.  He could be a good player to develop on the practice squad.

I expect Ness to fight and possibly land a spot on the Browns' roster.  The kid is strong, has good speed, exceptional quickness and cutting ability and will be a good special teams player.  He could develop into a contributor on defense down the line as well.

Norwood was the Browns best college street free agent signing.  He has tremendous hands.  His measureables are not great but they are good enough.  He reminds me a bit of the kid Bess on the Dolphins.  

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Mack Alex California 6'3.7" 311 M-XL 20 5.17 1.75 2.96 4.75 - 7.31 28.5" 8'10"
Robiskie Brian Ohio State 6'2.7" 209 S-L - 4.49 1.50 2.57 4.19 - 6.72 37.5" -
Massaquoi Mohamad Georgia 6'1.4" 210 L-L - 4.51 1.59 2.67 4.15  - 7.07 36.5" 10'7"
Veikune David Hawaii 6'2.3" 257 M-L 35 4.75 1.58 2.81 4.46 - 7.20 33" 9'2"
Maiava Kaluka USC 5'11.4" 229 S-L 30 4.68 1.56 2.71 4.20  - 6.98 - 9'2"
Carey Don Norfolk State 5'11.2" 192 M-L 18 4.48 1.47 2.59 4.20 - 6.87 32.5" 10'2"
Francies Coye San Jose State 6'0.3" 185 L-M 24 4.56 1.53 2.60 4.24 - 6.81 36" 10'3"
Davis James Clemson 5'11" 218 S-XL 17 4.45 1.50 2.55 4.37 - 7.15 32" 9'1"
Hunt Phillip Houston 6'0.5" 244 - 14 4.75 1.60 2.71 4.22 - 6.91 41.5" 9'8"
Ness Nate Arizona 6'0" 193 - 17 4.46 1.53 2.57 4.16 - 6.63 36" 10'3"
Norwood Jordan Penn State 5'10.7" 179 S-S - 4.57 1.57 2.63 4.18 - 6.80 38" 10'0"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB The Browns need to decide between Anderson and Quinn and stick with the player they choose and deal the other.  The the team needs to secure a good backup.
RB I'm not sure Lewis has much left in his tank.  Harrison is a player I liked in the draft, has shown big-play ability when given a chance, but hasn't been used enough.  Look for that to change this year.  Wright is an UFA.  The Browns need a between the tackle-type to pair with Harrison and cut Lewis.  Lewis is a player you need to feed the ball a lot so he can be effective in the fourth quarter.  I'd rather use a player who can be spotted with Harrison and still be effective in the fourth quarter.
WR Edwards has mad skills but drops too many balls.  Stallworth has mad speed but is too often on the sideline with injuries or playing with injuries negating his speed.  Jurevicius is a tough kid, gets injured, vows to play the following year, but then too often gets injured again.  Of their backups, Cribbs is a good gadget guy and return man and Hubbard is an intriguing prospect.  Still the Browns need a more reliable and productive receiving corps.
TE Winslow is a good player despite his fall off in production last year.  However, he now wants more money and is quickly becoming one of those players who may be more trouble than he's worth.  Rucker was a nice college player who I does not have the speed to be anything more than a very average tight end (at best) in the NFL. 
OL This line is better than they showed in 2008.  The pieces are there, and with the other needs on this team, I would roll the dice that they can improve on their 2008 play.
DL Outside of Rogers this unit is very pedestrian.  Williams did not adapt to the 3-4 as hoped and S. Smith took a step back.  Hopefully R. Smith will come back from injury and help the problem at end some.  I like Rubin's potential at nose, and Thomas and Leonard held their own when called upon at end.  
LB McGinest and Davis are UFA's and I'll be very surprised if either is starting for the Browns next year.  Williams is on hand to step in for Davis and play along side Jackson, who is a very good player.  Wimbley has been a disappointment.  He was suppose to be getting close to double-digit sacks annually by now but hasn't come close the last two years.  This team needs a backup inside linebacker and at least one new starter outside.
DB McDonald and Wright are two young corners who have showed promise but also looked bad at times.  The jury is still out.  Holly is sneaky good at nickel but is an UFA, as is starting strong safety Jones.  Free safety Pool is another player who has had his ups and downs but may be ready to put it all together.  Lawson is a young player to keep an eye on.  He made the tem as a college street free agent and is a player who was on my list of underrated prospect. 

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
4 105 Beau Bell ILB/OLB 6'1.2" 244 UNLV   Late Round Value
4 111 Martin Rucker TE 6'4" 251 Missouri #12 TE Round 4/Round 5
6 190 Ahtyba Rubin DT 6'2.6" 315 Iowa State #6 DT Round 2/Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Rubin was unblockable during Senior Bowl drills and followed that up with a very good game.  He can play inside in a 4-3 and also could play the nose in a 3-4.  He is a strong kid who is a good athlete for a nose tackle.  I expect Rubin to grow into a top run-stuffing tackle who can also push the pocket and get pressure on the quarterback up the middle.  Rubin is an underrated prospect heading into the draft.
6 191 Paul Hubbard WR 6'2.6" 221 Wisconsin #16 WR Round 3/Round 4

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Want a sleeper who could be available on day two, but turn into a solid NFL starter?  How about Hubbard.  He only played 8 games his senior year but has an excellent combination of size, speed, quickness, and athleticism.  He needs better concentration to become a more reliable target, but has shown good hands in long spurts.  He also comes from a school that has produced NFL receivers like Chris Chambers and Lee Evans.  If drafted in the right situation (one where he has a chance to see the field), Hubbard could be a pleasant surprise.
7 231 Alex Hall DE/OLB 6'4.6" 238 St Augustine   Free Agent
FA   Kolomona Kapanui TE 6'3.3" 271 W Texas A&M   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Eric Young OG/OT 6'3" 310 Tennessee #4 OG Round 3
FA   Gerald Lawson CB/S/RET 5'10.3" 192 Oregon St #21 CB Round 4/Round 5

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

I may be one of the only draft sites touting this kid, but I believe he will make a team and immediately be one of the best special teams players in the league.  Lawton can return punts and kicks, is a terror on special teams coverage units, and even blocked a kick in his senior year.  As a defensive back, he could become a valuable dime back because of his mix of good speed and tremendous athleticism.
FA   Darnell Terrell CB/FS 6'1.6" 203 Missouri   Late Round Value
FA   Lance Leggett WR 6'3.1" 194 Miami   Late Round Value/Free Agent
FA   Chase Ortiz DE/OLB 6'2" 249 TCU   Late Round Value/Free Agent

 

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2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Browns did a tremendous job considering their prior trades which left them without a pick in the first three rounds.  Down the line Rubin and Hubbard could become high-quality starters.  In addition, free agent Eric Young could also develop into a quality starter when he recovers from injury.  They took care of their major needs in free agency.  However, I still believe they need better insurance for running back Jamal Lewis than Jason Wright.

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Bells' best chance to succeed in the NFL is as a 3-4 inside linebacker.  He can take on blockers and make tackles but lacks speed, quickness and athleticism.  I do not believe he will ever grow into a starter.  My selection at this spot in the draft would have been running back Tashard Choice.

Rucker is a good receiving tight end who will be a reliable, move-the-chains type of player.  He is not currently a good blocker, and will not stretch the field.

The Browns stole Rubin.  In time, he will be a run-stuffing stud who can also push the pocket against the pass.  This kid was a load to block during Senior Bowl practices.  He is very strong, and a decent athlete for a 315-pound defensive tackle.

Hubbard is a very intriguing prospect.  He has good size and speed, and is a top athlete.  He has had stretches where he caught everything, but also has had stretches with drops.  He needs better concentration to become more consistent, but could develop into an excellent number two receiver in a couple of years.

Alex Hall was not on my radar.  He is a defensive end/linebacker tweener who could develop down the line into a 3-4 pass rushing outside linebacker.  He looks to be ticketed for the practice squad.

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Kapanui is a big kid who has good hands and could develop into a #3 tight end who can block and be a goal line target.

Young was a great get in free agency.  He will probably start on the PUP and be transferred to injured reserve down the line, but should compete for a backup spot in 2009.  He has the base skill set to develop into a starter down the line.

Lawson is a player I like a lot.  Look for him to steal one of the Browns' last roster spots, and become a terror on special teams.  He will then inch his way into the dime defense.  And if Cribbs gets hurt, he could be a good fill in as a return man.   Lawson likes to hit, is a heady player, has good speed, and is an explosive athlete.

Terrell is another option as an extra defensive back.  He has good size and good speed. 

Leggett is a tall receiver who is more fast than quick, but has good change of direction skills.  He could be stashed on the Browns' practice squad for a couple of years.

Ortiz is another defensive end/outside linebacker tweener.  He lacks speed and athleticism, but is quick.  He could battle Hall for a spot on the practice squad.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Bell Beau UNLV 6'1.2" 242 25 4.90 1.72 2.83 4.56 NA 7.37 28.5" 9'1"
Rucker Martin MISSOURI 6'4" 251 20 4.71 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Rubin Ahtyba IOWA STATE 6'2.6" 315 35 5.20 1.74 2.96 5.00 NA 8.05 28" 8'10"
Hubbard Paul WISCONSIN 6'2.6" 221 15 4.38 1.53 2.56 NA NA 6.93 39.5" 10'6"
Hall Alex ST AUGUSTINE 6'4.6" 238 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Kapanui Kolomona  W TEXAS A&M 6'3.3" 271 23 5.04 1.75 2.91 4.66 NA 7.42 26.5" 8'11"
Young Eric TENNESSEE 6'3" 310 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Lawson Gerald OREGON ST 5'10.3" 192 14 4.47 NA NA 4.28 NA 7.03 40.5" 10'8"

Terrell

Darnell MISSOURI 6'1.6" 203 15 4.46 1.50 2.59 NA NA NA 34" 10'5"
Leggett Lance MIAMI 6'3.1" 194 NA 4.43 1.54 2.56 4.32 NA 6.56 NA 10'4"
Ortiz Chase TCU 6'2" 249 24 4.87 1.62 2.77 4.23 NA 7.03 31" 9'0"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

CLE       Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  Anderson had a breakout year and the Browns also have last year's #1 pick Quinn.  Only an arm for camp will be needed unless Anderson is moved.
RB  Lewis had a very good year, which was a surprise for me.  However, he is a free agent.  Neither Wright nor Harrison will be able to step in as a starter should Lewis leave.  So the Browns have to re-sign Lewis, or bring in new starter.
WR  Edwards is a stud.  Jurevicius is an excellent possession receiver but he has had trouble staying on the field at times during his career.  The bench has no one of particular interest.  The Browns need two receivers.
TE Winslow is a top starter, Heiden a top sub who would fill in well if Winslow went down.  Dinkins isn't a bad #3.
OL  The Browns line played very well in 2007.  If Bentley comes back that will be a bonus and add to this deep unit.  If McKinney leaves in free agency a guard could be brought in to fight for a roster spot.  
DL Roye is in decline.  Robaire Smith is solid, but not great.  Rookie Shaun Smith was a surprise, but may be better as a backup who can rotate in at nose and end.  The Browns need to bring in a starter, it could be a nose tackle with S Smith kicking out to end if needed or an end.  It's possible they will bring in two new starters.  Depth is also a need.
LB This s a tough unit to analyze.  On the surface, it looks strong.  Jackson and Davis are solid players, but can be pushed around by big lineman.  Williams has shown promise inside, but needs to be more consistent.  On the outside, McGinest is aging, and Wimbley's sack dropped significantly.  I also keep waiting for McMillan to step up.  He's a player I thought fit perfectly into this defense.  My best guess is that the Browns will bring in a player or two compete for jobs, but I could also see them going after a stud to give their defense an identity.
DB The Browns' are heading in the right direction in their secondary.  Pool and Jones are a pair of good young safeties.  Bodden and Wright, had good and bad moments, but showed enough to be counted on in 2008.  McDonald also had his good moments at corner.  The Browns will bring in a top corner if one falls into their lap, but most likely will just bring in players to compete for backup spots.
ST The only reason this spot was not graded as "no need" is because punter Zastudil had a down year.  The Browns will bring in a punter to push him in camp, but will, most likely, count on a bounce-back year.  Oh yeah, Cribbs is a special special teams player.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 3 Thomas, Joe OT 6-6 313 Wisconsin # 1 OT Round 1
1 22 Quinn, Brady QB 6-3 226 Notre Dame # 2 QB Round 1
2 53 Wright, Eric CB 5-11 190 Nevada-Las Vegas # 8 CB Round 2
5 140 McDonald, Brandon CB 5-11 181 Memphis # 21 CB, #9 FS Round 4
6 200 Purcell, Melila DE 6-5 289 Hawaii Late Round Value
7 213 Pittman, Chase DE 6-5 273 Louisiana State Late Round Value
7 234 Steptoe, Syndric WR 5-9 194 Arizona Late Round Value
FA Alston, Mike OLB 6-2 231 Toledo Off My Board
FA Mason, Mike WR 6-0 189 Tennessee State #17 WR Round 4
FA Pousson, Brent C/OT 6-3 305 McNeese State Late Round Value
FA Stephenson, Scott C 6-3 297 Iowa State Late Round Value

 

C+

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

Everyone loves the Browns draft.  Put me in the good but not great column.  The Browns come out of draft day with a need at running back and a need for a #2 receiver who can take the heat off Edwards.  The Browns made two trades on day.  Their trade to get into round one was good.  Their trade to get back into round two, after their first trade, backfired based on how the draft fell.

While I liked Peterson best for the Browns, they will get absolutely no argument from me with the Thomas selection.  Offensive line was an area of need for the Browns and they got the best one in the draft.  I would not have traded up for Quinn.  However, when a team likes a first round quarterback, making a bold move to get that quarterback is the thing for that team to do.  With Frye and Anderson on the roster, it was a first round QB for the Browns or no QB for the Browns.  Quinn will be an above average starting quarterback in the league.  The jury is out, however, on whether he will be great.  In my humble opinion, the trade up for Wright backfired.  First of all, even disregarding his off-field issues, I had a second round, not first round grade on Wright.  So he went where I had him graded  and I do not view him as a potential steal where the Browns got him.  Second, if the Browns stayed where they were, they could have grabbed wide receiver Jason Hill in round three and running back Antonio Pittman in round four.  If the Browns did that, my grade for their draft would have been A+.  Hill and Pittman will both be very good NFL players, and have big-play abilities.  The Browns could have come out of this draft with their franchise left tackle, their quarterback of the future, a great receiving talent to play opposite Edwards, and a running back who is a faster Thomas Jones.  Wright has decent size and good speed.  He is best in press coverage where he can use his speed and strength because he has only average quickness.  While he will play receivers physically, he does not step up and make tackles in the running game.  He also has character concerns.  McDonald was a nice get in round five.  I had a fourth round grade on him.  He played both corner and safety in college and could be an excellent dime back.  He has plus coverage skills and is a big-time hitter.  In time he could be a solid starting free safety who can play centerfield, come up and stop the run, and kick out into coverage when alignments call for it.  Purcell could develop into a rotation player and eventual starter at defensive end. He has good size and the 3-4 defense fits his skill set.  Pittman's upside is not as high as Purcell, but neither is his downside.  Pittman will be a solid backup, while Purcell could become a starter or be out of the league in three years.  Steptoe is a smallish receiver with good hands who is more quick than fast and can return punts and kickoffs.  He has shot if he shows he can play special teams, but will have to fight for a roster spot.

The Browns' college street free agents of note include Alston, an outside sacking linebacker who has the skill set for a 3-4 outside linebacker, but not the size.  He could kick inside and has a chance to stick on the Browns' development squad.  Mason was a great get in free agency.  I had a fourth round grade on this top athlete.  Mason has speed, quickness, strength, and athleticism and can catch.  He also returns kicks.  He will need time, but if he doesn't make the roster he should make the Browns' development squad.  I like Mason's potential more than Steptoe's potential.  Pousson has played center and tackle and his versatility will help his cause as he fights for a roster spot.  Stephenson is an ideal development prospect.  He is fairly new to center, plays aggressively, and is quick and athletic.  He could develop into a quality backup and even has the base skills to be a starter down the line.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
THOMAS JOE WISCONSIN OT 6'6.5" 311 28 4.92 1.75 2.87 4.88   7.95 33" 9'2"
Thomas is the top left tackle in the draft and a top five pick in the draft.  He is strong, quick, and athletic and should be a Pro Bowl talent in the league.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3
 CONE
VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
QUINN BRADY NOTRE DAME

QB

6'3.6" 232 24 4.73 1.62 2.75 4.22   6.79 36" 9'7"
Quinn has good size, excellent strength and athleticism and a very good arm.  He is coming into the NFL ready for battle having played under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame.  One question about Quinn is his accuracy, but he is fine throwing short and intermediate, and his long ball accuracy will improve over time.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
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BROAD
JUMP
WRIGHT ERIC UNLV CB 5'10.5" 192 16 4.36 1.48 2.55 4.23   6.93 36.5" 10'3"
Wright has good speed and is best playing press coverage.  He is a character risk having left USC after being arrested on suspicion of rape.  He has second round talent, but his character issues could lead to him falling in the draft.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
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SHUTTLE
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JUMP
MCDONALD BRANDON MEMPHIS CB/FS 5'10.7" 187 17 4.47 1.46 2.53 4.05   6.91 36" 10'3"
McDonald can play corner or safety.  He has the build of a corner but the skill set of safety.  His best year came in his senior year while playing free safety.  McDonald is quick and likes to hit.  He also has plus cover skills.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
LONG
SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
JUMP
PURCELL MELILA HAWAII DE 6'4.6" 289   5.19 1.81 3.03 4.71   7.59 31" 8'11"
Purcell fits best as a 3-4 defensive end.  He also showed pass rush skills at the Hula Bowl.  Purcell could be a better NFL player than he was in college if he the light goes on and he gets coached up.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
SHUTTLE
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SHUTTLE
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PITTMAN BENJAMIN LSU DE 6'4.5" 270 23 5.03 1.68 2.88 4.64   7.58 27.5" 8'6"
Pittman has good size and can play in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.  Pittman is better against the run, but does get the occasional sack.  Pittman has the look of a valuable backup end.

COMBINE
YES

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
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JUMP
STEPTOE SYNDRIC ARIZONA

WR/KR

5'8.5" 192 17 4.52     4.17   7.05 36.5" 10'4"
Steptoe is a small receiver who is more quick than fast which helps him as a punt return.  He has good hands and could catch on as a backup receiver and return man.

COMBINE
NO

 

COLLEGE

POS HGHT WGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT
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SHUTTLE
3 CONE VERTICAL
JUMP
BROAD
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ALSTON MIKE TOLEDO OLB 6'1.5" 231 13 4.59 1.52 2.59 4.28   7.09 37" 9'10"
Alston was All-MAC.  He played often in opposing team backfields getting both sacks and tackles for loss.  He has good speed and athleticism, but will have to get stronger to play in the NFL.  Just a hunch, but he could move inside in a 3-4 defense.

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5'11.5" 189 22 4.31  1.50 2.57 4.08   6.94 39.5" 10'10"
Mason is a terrific athlete.  He is strong, fast, quick, and athletic.  He transferred to Tennessee State from North Carolina and led his team in receptions despite suffering a knee injury midseason. He can also return kicks.  Mason will need time but has the skill set to be a #3 receiver and return man in the NFL.

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POUSSON BRENT MCNEESE ST C/OT 6'2.6" 305 15 5.23 1.74 2.95 4.78   7.84 24" 7'9"
Pousson projects best as a center in the NFL, but he can also fill in at right tackle.  His versatility could help him make a NFL roster.

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STEPHENSON SCOTT IOWA ST C 6'3.2" 297 22 5.11 1.74 2.94 4.57   7.62 30" 8'7"
Srephenson is relatively new to center, having been recruited as a defensive tackle.  He has the skill set to be a NFL center but needs some further development.  He plays offensive with a defensive player's mind set; he is very agressive.

 

2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Anderson and Frye are question marks, although both have showed promise.  At minimum, add a veteran.
RB I actually like their #3 and #4 RBs (Harrison, Barclay) better than their #1 and #2 (Droughns, Wright)
WR Edwards looks like a star in the making.  A reliable #2 is needed.
TE Winslow and Heiden are an excellent 1-2.
OL Fraley and Friedman are UFAs.  A starting OT and a solid backup are needed.
DL McKinley is an UFA, Roye is coming off an injury.  Washington is getting up in age.
LB Solid and deep unit.  I like McMillan, if they don't maybe a young player to groom behind McGinest.
DB Russell and Brown are UFAs.  Safety is young and three deep, if Baxter can stay healthy corner is also set.
ST Competition for all should be brought in.  PR Northcutt is an UFA.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Cleveland
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 13 Wimbley, Kamerion DE 6-3 241 Florida State # 3 DE, #2 DE/LB hybrid Round 1
2 34 Jackson, D'Qwell ILB 6-0 229 Maryland # 1 ILB Round 1
3 78 Wilson, Travis WR 6-2 213 Oklahoma # 19 WR Round 4
4 110 Williams, Leon ILB 6-3 246 Miami (Fla.) # 6 ILB Round 3
4 112 Sowells, Isaac G 6-3 323 Indiana # 9 OG Round 4
5 145 Harrison, Jerome RB 5-9 202 Washington State # 6 RB Round 2
5 152 Minter, DeMario CB 5-11 191 Georgia # 20 CB Round 4
6 180 Vickers, Lawrence FB 6-0 246 Colorado # 1 FB Round 4
6 181 Oshinowo, Babatunde DT 6-1 305 Stanford # 9 DT Round 2
7 222 Hamilton, Justin SS 6-2 218 Virginia Tech Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Hackney, Darnell QB 6-0 239 UAB #11 QB Round 4
  FA Barclay, Chris RB 5-8 180 Wake Forest # 15 RB Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Browns reached slightly in round three, but got excellent value with Harrison and Oshinowo on day two.  All in all, the Browns did a nice job of drafting for value.

In round one the Browns drafted Wimbley, who has the athletic ability to play OLB in a 3-4 defense.  While Wimbley will be solid, don't expect him to be a Shawn Merriman.  In fact, if the Browns wanted a pure pass rushing outside linebacker, Manny Lawson would have been the better pick.  Wimbley will be better all around linebacker than Lawson, but Lawson will be more of a game-changer.  Either would have been a good selection.  Jackson was a great pick in the second round.  While he doesn't have the ideal bulk for a 3-4 inside linebacker, he is tough kid with good football skills and can get the occassional sack and interception as well as being a reliable tackler.  Jackson was my top rated ILB, and I had a first round grade on him.  Wilson was not a bad pick in round three, however,  I had a fourth round grade on him because I think his highest watermark in the NFL is as a slot receiver, albeit a unique one because he is 6'2" with the quickness of smaller receivers.  On day one I like teams that draft players with starting potential.  Hagan, Marshall and D Williams were all players who were on the board who could be effective slot receiver, and have the potential to be starters down the line.  Leon Williams was a very intriguing selection on round four.  Unlike Jackson, he has the prototypical size desired in 3-4 inside linebackers.  Williams is a terrific athlete who hasn't put it all together on the field yet, but could be a stud if the Browns' coaching staff can get his light to go on.  Worst case he will be a stud on special teams.  Sowells is a bit of a tweener (and no, I don't mean the kid from Prison Break).  He as the build for a tackle, but the feet and mentality for a guard.  He will either have to get tougher to play tackle, or add weight to play guard.  However, he could be a reliable reserve.  Jerome Harrison was a steal.  After the Bush and the big four (Williams, Maroney, Addai, White), I had Harrison rated as the next best back.  In fact, his situation reminds me of Marion Barber last year.  I had Barber rated as the best back after the elite, and based on his rookie campaign I'll stand by my ranking.  If given a chance, Harrison will be an excellent NFL back.  Right now he is being looked at as a third down, change-of-pace back, but he has the skills to be quality starter.  Harrison is quick, a good athlete, a tough runner who can be effective between the tackles despite his size.  Minter is a solid day two cornerback.  He will play well in sub-packages and be a quality reserve, but will probably never be a full time starter.  Vickers was my top rated fullback.  He can catch, block, and even be used as a short-yardage and goal-line runner.  Oshinowo was an another theft by the Browns.  He is a very strong kid who plays low to the ground and can occupy blockers.  He is perfect for the nose in a 3-4 despite being "only" 300 pounds.  Hamilton is a versatile athlete who has played free safety, running back, and wide receiver.  He should be a solid special teams performer but may need to show defensive back skills to stick.

In terms of college street free agents, the Browns signed Keith as a free agent but he failed his physical.  He could come back when he gets healthy.  He played defensive end in college but projects to outside linebacker in the 3-4.  Two players signed who did not fail their physicals were QB Hackney, and RB Barclay.  Hackney has a live arm and NFL-caliber quarterback skills, but at under 6', will find it tough to stick with the Browns.   Barclay is another undersized prospect.  However, as an undersized running back, I like him more than Drew who drafted in round two by the Jaguars.  Barclay is faster than Drew, quicker than Drew, stronger than Drew, a better athlete than Drew, and was as productive a back as there was in the ACC last year.  Unfortunately for him, he signed with a team where he may find it hard to make the final roster.  Harrison could stand in his way as the change-of-pace, third down back.  However, he could give the Brown fans a lot of excitement late in exhibition games, and make it very difficult for the coaches to cut him.  Look for the Browns to make it a priority to sign Barclay to their practice squad if forced to cut him.

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Wimbley Florida State 6'3.6", 248 4.42 1.60 2.70 4.48   6.97 24 38.5" 10'9"  
DE/OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wimbley showed terrific quickness and pass rush skills during Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wimbley has the speed, agility, and athleticism to play OLB in a 3-4 defense.  While some compare him to Ware in lat year's draft, Wimbley may be a better all around linebacker, but not as dominating a pass rusher.
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Jackson Maryland 6'0.4", 230 4.70 1.64 2.79 4.37   7.05 19 37" 9'8"  
ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jackson played very well versus the run at the Senior Bowl.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jackson is th
e best inside linebacker in the draft.  He is a physical presence in the middle with excellent instincts and tackling skills.  While he is perfect for a 4-3 middle linebacker, he has the pass rush skills to be effective inside in a 3-4 despite not having the optimal size.  Jackson had over 250 tackles the last two years with 6.5 sacks and 4 interceptions.
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Wilson Oklahoma 6'2", 219 4.48 1.58 2.62 3.99 11.26 6.70   36.5" 10'0"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wilson had some good moments during Senior Bowl practices, including a nice move and catch on a deep ball.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Wilson had a disappointing senior season catching only 25 balls for 310 yards and 1 TD, after catching 50 balls and 11 TDs his junior season.  Part of the drop off was Wilson battling injuries, part was a drop off in talent around him on offense.  However, Wilson has good size and speed, and excellent quickness.  He could develop into a nice slot receiver.
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Williams, L Miami 6'3", 245 4.54 1.57 2.68 4.08 11.68 7.08 25 34" 9'9"  
ILB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Based on Williams athletic ability, he should be a terror on the football field.  In college, he was solid, but not star.  However, he has excellent size, speed, strength, and quickness, and I'm sure a team will fall in love with his physical skills and draft him for his upside.  With his inherit skills, I think Williams has a chance to be a very good player.  Worst case, he will be a force on special teams.
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Sowells Indiana 6'3.3", 315 5.15 1.84 3.03 4.78   7.58 20 28.5" 8'5"  
OG/OT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Sowells started at left tackle for Indiana, but lacks toughness and strength, so may have to move to guard in the NFL.  While Sowells is a bit light for guard, he has good speed and quick feet and the body to add the necessary weight to play that position in the NFL.  Sowells needs some work, but could be a valuable reserve, with the potential to start down the road.
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Harrison Wash State 5'9.2", 201 4.47 1.55 2.62 4.07   6.77 19 34.5" 10'4"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Harrison is quick, strong, and faster than many thought.  Harrison accumulated over 2,100 yards rushing and receiving his senior year.  The knock on him is his lack of size and inside running ability.  However, he has excellent strength for his size, and showed the ability to run effectively inside at the Senior Bowl.  Harrison will be looked at as a change-of-pace, third-down back, but will eventually be an every-down NFL back, and a good one.

RB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the Senior Bowl, Harrison displayed quick feet.  Harrison changes direction very well, is slippery making tacklers miss, and showed the ability to run inside.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Harrison showed excellent quickness in Combine drills.
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Minter Georgia 5'11.2", 185 4.48 1.61 2.70 4.10 11.56 6.88 10 38.5" 10'11"  
CB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Minter is a good athlete who will fit in best for a team that uses primarily zone defenses.  He does not, currently, possess good man-to-man cover skills because his speed and quickness are only average for the position.  Minter also had issues with marijuana his junior season.  Minter is the type of player who will find a role on a NFL team as an extra defensive back, but may never be of starting caliber.
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Vickers Colorado St 6'0.2", 245 4.76 1.74 2.88 4.64   7.75 21 31.5" 8'8"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Vickers, a FB, had a nice week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Mike Mayock - Vickers caught the ball very well at the Combine.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET -  Vickers is one of the best fullbacks in the draft.  He can block, he is a food short-yardage back, and he can catch.
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Oshinowo Stanford 6'1.4", 304 5.25 1.80 3.04 4.57   7.63 33 32" 8'9"  
DT/NT
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Oshinowo had an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl.  He is a player who is better between the lines than in the workout room.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Despite weighing "only" 300 pounds, Oshinowo is an excellent run stuffer because he has tremendous strength and plays low to the ground.  A true nose tackle, Oshinowo is a good prospect for teams that play the 3-4 defense. 
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Hamilton Virginia Tech 6'2.4", 218 4.52     4.04   6.66 19 42.5" 10'6"  
FS/WR/RB - NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hamilton moved to defense after playing wide receiver and running back.  He is a gifted athlete and will be a solid special teams player in the NFL.
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Hackney UAB 5'11.5", 240 4.76 1.73 2.84 4.69   7.62   33" 9'2"  
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the Senior Bowl appeared to be a rhythm passer, having moments where his throws were off, and moments of excellent accuracy.  He is a bit too short for most NFL GMs.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hackney has good quarterback skills but they are not good enough to offset his short stature. He showed improved accuracy his senior year, completing over 60% of his passes and had about a 2:1 ration of TD passes to interceptions.
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Barclay Wake Forest 5'8.3", 180 4.35     4.09   6.65 16 42" 10'6"  

PLAYER WHO WILL PERFORM BETTER IN NFL THAN MANY DRAFTED BEFORE HIM

Barclay and Drew are two smaller backs in the draft with very good college production.  The draft "chatter" has been around Drew, but I like Barclay better.   He is bigger than Drew, faster than Drew, quicker than Drew, and a better athlete than Drew.  Barclay is flying under the radar, but will pay dividends to the team that drafts him.

NOT AT COMBINE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Barclay was a very productive college running back, who is small, but could surprise in the NFL as a third-down, change-of-pace back.

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

CLE
QB With Frye, Dilfer, and even Anderson, there is no room at the Inn.  The Browns will not bring in any quarterbacks unless there are injuries.
RB Droughns is a nice back, but good teams have backs that are great, not nice.  Suggs is injury prone, and Green is no more than a backup.  A franchise back is needed, but Droughns can carry the load until they get one.
WR Edwards is coming back from injury, and young receivers usually blossom in year three anyway.  Bryant is an UFA.  Northcutt is a good slot receiver.  The Browns will need a reliable starter if Bryant leaves.
TE Heiden played well and is a valuable player as a backup tight end who can be an effective starter.  If Winslow can finally get to the field, and retain his pre-injuries ability, the position is set.  If not, another tight end is needed.
OL Shelton is an UFA who the Browns should try to resign.  If they do they can return their starting unit in tact and have one less unit to worry about in the offseason.
DL Only one current starter, Roye is a player who would start on good teams, but he is an UFA.  The Browns will need at least one starting end (two if Roye leaves), and a starting nose tackle.
LB Again, only one starter is a player who would start on good teams.  At least Davis is not an UFA.  The Browns need an inside linebacker to pair with Davis (Taylor is an UFA who won't be asked back), one starting outside linebacker, and another outside backer to challenge Thompson.
DB Baxter, Boden, and McCutcheon are NFL starting caliber corners.  Young safeties Jones and Pool could challenge Crocker and Russell for their starting jobs.  The only real need will be if Baxter has trouble returning from injury.
ST Cribbs, Northcutt and Dawson are good at what they do.  Richardson is inconsistent.  A player could be brought in to challenge him in camp.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Cleveland - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 3 Edwards, Braylon WR 6-3 211 Michigan # 1 WR Round 1
2 34 Pool, Brodney FS 6-2 208 Oklahoma # 3 FS Round 2
3 67 Frye, Charlie QB 6-4 217 Akron # 3 QB Round 1
4 103 Perkins, Antonio CB 5-11 188 Oklahoma #18 CB Round 4
5 139 McMillan, David DE 6-3 246 Kansas #17 DE Round 4
6 176 Speegle, Nick OLB 6-5 242 New Mexico Late Round Value > Round 4
6 203 Hoffman, Andrew DT 6-4 296 Virginia Late Round Value > Round 4
7 217 Dunn, Jon OT 6-7 328 Virginia Tech   > Round 4
FA   Flowers, Bill WR 6-0 188 Mississippi Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Burt, Larry DT 6-2 305 Miami, Ohio Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Fraser, Simon DE 6-6 288 Ohio State Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   King, James SS 6-0 212 Central Michigan Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Scott, Chad RB 5-8 199 North Carolina Late Round Value > Round 4

 

The Browns did not reach for any of their draft picks, and got excellent value with Frye in the third, and McMillan in round five.

The Browns had an excellent draft.  Edwards gives them a legitimate number one receiver, something they have been lacking for years.  Northcutt, Davis, and Bryant are all solid number-two-type receivers.  Edwards immediately upgrades the position from a weak to strong.  He has good size, speed and strength.  Many draft analysts will think Pool was a steal in round two.  He wasn't, he went where I had him graded.  In fact, I like Josh Bullocks better than Pool, who was drafted a few spots after Pool.  That said, Pool will be an above-average free safety in the league who will fit nicely into Coach Crennel's defense.  Now Frye, he was a steal in round three.  Frye will be a successful starting quarterback in the NFL.  He will, in time, be better than one or more from amongst  Smith, Rodgers, and Campbell, all selected in round one.  Perkins is another good fit for the Browns.  He is an aggressive, confident corner, who has excellent ball skills, and can return punts.  He does lack top speed for a corner, but should fit nicely into a defense that uses multiple schemes.  McMillon was another great pick for Crennel's defense.  He was a fast, quick athletic college defensive end.  He will be the first college defensive-end turned NFL linebacker by Crennel to become a cornerstone in the Browns' defense for years.  Mark it down.  Speegle is another interesting prospect.  He had good production at New Mexico, but was thought to be too slow, and lacking in athletic ability, to translate his success in college to the NFL.  Then he had a very good workout.  While he will start competing at outside linebacker, Speegle actually showed enough  speed and athletic ability to also play inside.  He could be a versatile backup for the Browns playing different roles in a variety of defensive packages.  Hoffman played nose tackle in college, but will have to bulk up to stay at there in the NFL.  However, he has the perfect size, and enough athleticism to be developed as a defensive end in the Browns' new 3-4.  The one pick I have disagree with some was offensive tackle Joe Dunn in round seven.  If it comes down to the only slight disagreement with a draft being a seventh round selection, you know I liked that teams draft a lot.  While any player in round seven will need development, Dunn included, I thought their were tackles with a higher upside than Dunn still on the board at that spot.  Some included Erik Pears of Colorado State, Kyle Wallace of Georgia Tech, and even Michael Munoz of Tennessee.

The college street free agent signings by the Browns should be looked at with tremendous optimism, both for this year, and years to come.  The new regime showed a "Patriot-like" ability to sign some of the better potential role players available.  A prime example is wide receiver Bill Flowers.  Flowers will never be a star.  However, he is a player who can get open and catch the ball.  He is a perfect fourth or fifth receiver.  Many teams carry extra receivers that may develop into stars.  Smart teams keep players that can contribute at a high level in their designed role.  Flowers is the type of player smart teams find room for on their roster.  Burt went to the right system for him.  He is a cone dimensional run-stuffer, who could be good as a backup nose tackle.  Again, a solid role player for the Browns' system.  Fraser, like Burt, also found signed with a team where his value is higher than it would be for teams playing the 4-3.  He is not an effective pass-rusher because he lacks speed.  However, is can play the run, and engage offensive lineman so linebackers can make tackles.  If James King shows any potential as a strong safety, he will be tough to cut.  He has excellent size, great speed and quickness, and good strength.  He should be a terror on special teams while he hones his craft.  Scott is an interesting case.  He was third string at North Carolina, but got to play in big spots because of injuries.  In his first start, Scott ran for 175 yards, and he scored two touchdowns against Miami.  He is certainly worth a look in training camp.   

RED NUMBERS BELOW - among best at position   
Long shuttle numbers (where available) in blue, top performers to be determined later

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Michigan wide receiver Braylon Edwards could wind up as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, or he could go to the Bears at No. 4.  Either scenario would require teams to ignore foolish comparisons between Edwards and the last wide receiver from Michigan whom the Bears drafted in the first round - disappointing David Terrell.  Edwards doesn't discourage all of the comparisons, but he draws a distinct line between him and Terrell, whom he considers a friend.  "With the physical comparisons, I love them," the 6-foot-3, 212-pound Edwards said. "Dave's a big guy; I'm a big guy. Dave's a physical guy; I'm physical. Dave made a lot of plays; I make plays.  "But that's as far as it goes. I'm a guy that's different than Dave. Dave is David Terrell, and I'm Braylon Edwards. I'm not saying anything negative about Dave because Dave is a good person. I know him personally, but that's not me."
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
The best receiver in the draft.  He has size.  He has speed.  He has hands.  He will be a big-time player in the NFL for years to come.
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Pool FS 4.54   4.50   7.25   39" 10'8" 16
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Pool has good, not great skills, and while he will be a solid NFL, is not a player I would draft in the first round as many are projecting.  He is a solid second round pick.  Pool is the type of player who will be an above-average starter who a team will be very pleased with, but would consider replacing if they could get a stud.
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Frye QB 4.87   4.09   6.95   33" 9'5" 38

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

In addition to having above average quarterback skills, Frye is an excellent leader. In the long run he will be a good starting quarterback in the NFL. Between Rodgers and Smith, history indicates one will falter. Frye won't.

Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:  Any questions NFL teams had about Akron QB Charlie Frye’s arm strength may have been put to rest when the former Zips’ star launched a 60-yard plus pass from a flat-footed position at the end of a pro workout yesterday in Akron. Indeed, by all accounts, Frye had an overall solid workout in front of officials from 11 NFL teams.
Allen Trieu of NFLDraftShowcase.com reports:
Frye's career has been a tough one to judge. He hasn't had the supporting cast around him that other MAC QBs have had. However, in terms of physical ability, he has the physical tools needed to succeed at the next level. However, he needs a great deal of technical and classroom work and he's at least 2-3 years away from being able to play. 3rd/4th Round.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Frye played very well during the Senior Bowl game showing accuracy, arm strength and good mobility in the pocket.  One of my top six players in the game.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
  Charlie Frye of Akron was not  particularly accurate in either facet (individual drills and 11 on 11 drills) of the practice on Wednesday at Senior Bowl practice.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
  Akron's Charlie Frye has probably shown the most pro potential of the North QBs (at Senior Bowl practices). Frye is very athletic with nimble feet, sets up quickly and gets rid of the ball in good order. Frye also shows a good, though, not necessarily great arm and throws a very catchable ball. Frye, though, tended to lock onto receivers which drew a blast from Oakland head coach Norv Turner who is heading the North team.
Zac Jackson, of ClevelandBrowns.com, reports
: Akron QB Charlie Frye had a second consecutive good performance during Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 25. Frye has been consistently accurate with his short throws but has put a little too much air under a few of his deep balls.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Love this kid.  As good a leader as quarterback.  Has all the intangibles.  Isn't too shabby between the lines either.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Perkins missed a couple of games last year with a knee injury, so his numbers could improve as his knee gets stronger.  He is a solid cover corner with good ball skills and very dangerous in the open field.  He is also a solid punt returner.
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JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

McMillan is a  fast, quick, athletic defensive end who will be a difference maker on third down. He may never develop into a full time starter, but McMillian will be a valuable role player for the team that drafts him.

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: McMillan has to decide whether to bulk up and try to be an end in a team's  rotation, or to keep his weight down and either play in the nickel or try his hand at outside linebacker.  He certainly has the athletic ability to move to linebacker.
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Speegle OLB 4.50   4.40   7.16 18 38.5" 10'3"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Speegle was a productive player on the field but was thought to have speed and athletic ability limitations.  His workout, however, contradicts that notion.  He could be good value on day two of the draft.
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Hoffman DT 5.09   4.70     20 30.5" 9'2"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Hoffman played nose tackle, but will have to bulk up to play that position in the NFL.  Luckily, he has a large frame so he should be able to add the weight.  he could also slide to end in a 3-4 defense.
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Dunn OT 5.44 1.88             18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Dunn has a big body, but is slow and needs a lot of work.  He has potential, but a team will have to be patient with him, maybe very patient.
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Flowers WR 4.50     12.12 7.24        

JAYBIRD PLAYER WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN HIM

Looking for a long shot who isn't even listed in the names at the end of some of the draft guides? Bill Flowers is a player I like. Why? Because he can get open and catch the ball. Flowers will not be a star. He may even bounce around on practice squads for a couple of years. However, he should finally stick as that fourth or fifth receiver who comes in and makes the clutch catch. Think Looker in St. Louis. Why am I mentioning a player who will peak as an extra receiver? Because, if given a chance (always a risk with a player like Flowers), he will be around and be a contributor long after many of the receivers drafted ahead of him are out of the league.

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reprots: Flowers looked impressive catching the ball during his Pro Day.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Flowers caught my eye at the Gridiron Classic game.  He kept getting open and catching the ball.  He also looked good going over the middle.  Based on this game, Flowers showed above average hands and moves, although he didn't show run after the catch ability.
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Burt DT 5.29 1.90 4.75   8.03 25 31" 8'5" 12
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Burt didn't test as well as I thought he would.  He did okay, but may have looked good on the field because of the competition he faced in college. 
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Fraser DE 5.01 1.75 4.44   7.57 23 28" 8'10" 29
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Fraser's best chance on the next level is as a 3-4 defensive end.  He plays the run much better than the pass.  He could be effective engaging offensive lineman so linebackers can run free and make tackles.
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King SS 4.43   3.98 11.41 6.63 18      
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: King showed a good combination of speed, quickness and strength during his workout.  He also has good size for a strong safety.  He is worth a look in training camp.
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Scott RB 4.47   4.24 11.43 6.98 19 32.5" 9'6"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Scott was the third string running back on North Carolina.  However, when called upon due to injuries he performed very well.  Scott rushed for a career high 175 yards in his first start, and scored two touchdowns against Miami. And he did all this despite sustaining a hip-pointer in the third quarter that caused a brief exit.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Garcia QB, Holcombe QB, Cook G, Zukauskas G, Holdman LB, Henry CB
Key RFA: Fowler C (3rd), Gonzalez OT (7th), Davis LB (5th), Taylor LB (4th)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Garcia will be cut.  Holcombe is an UFA.  McCown has some upside, but isn't ready.  Same for Harris.  They need a starter for next year, and maybe a prospect for the future if McCown isn't their guy.
RB: Suggs would be fine if he stayed healthy.  Green is not a bust, but will never be a franchise back.  Echemandu is intriguing.  He has talent.
WR: Davis, Bryant and Northcutt are good receivers, but none are feared number ones.  The Browns need to find a true go-to guy.
TE: Heiden and Shea are steady.  There is no need here unless it is a difference maker.
OL: Between lack of talent and free agents, this is a main area of concern for the Browns.  They could put together a decent line, depending upon who resigns, but more talent no matter who resigns is needed.
DL: Lang, Ekuban and Brown are a decent rotation at end.  Unless Warren comes on big-time, a difference-maker at defensive tackle is needed.
LB: If Davis is resigned, that would go a long way towards stabilizing this unit.  He and Holdman are UFAs.  Thompson is a young player who will get better.  At least one linebacker will have to be brought in since it is doubtful both davis and Holdman will resign.
DB: Henry and McCutchin are a solid pair, but neither is a shut-down corner and Henry is a RFA.  Griffith finally had the year they expected when they signed him as a free agent.  Little and Crocker are decent options at free safety.
ST:
Dawson is an underrated kicker.  Frost did fine in his first year as a punter.  Northcutt and Alston are good return-men.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Cleveland
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 6 Winslow, Kellen TE 6-4 243 Miami (Fla.)
2 59 Jones, Sean FS 6-1 212 Georgia
4 106 McCown, Luke QB 6-3 208 Louisiana Tech
5 161 Gordon, Amon DE 6-2 302 Stanford
6 176 Chambers, Kirk G 6-7 313 Stanford
7 208 Echemandu, Adimchinobe RB 5-10 226 California

 

Where's the beef?  And I don't mean Wendy's hamburgers and I don't mean "no agruement".  I mean where's the offensive tackle.  Winslow was a fine selection in the first round, especially with Gallery off the board.  He can be a special player.  Let's see if the Browns use him enough to justify him as the sixth player in the draft.  Sean Jones is a good player who I had rated as a high-to-mid second round value.  McCown is a good athlete, with the potential to grow into a starter and is a good fit behind Jeff Garcia.  He was also selected about where I had him graded.  Stanford teammates, Chambers and Gordon both have chances if given time to develop.  Echemandu was an out-and-out steal in round seven.  He fell in the draft because he was injured and did not heal in time to work out for the scouts.  When healthy, he has third-round ability............. Okay, ask your question.  This doesn't seem like a B- drat.   It appears the Browns did very well.  This is where my initial question comes into play.  The Browns should have taken OT Max Starks in round two and drafted a safety in round four (Will Allen and Dexter Reid were available) or round five (Jason Shivers); or drafted Jones and selected OT Nat Dorsey in the fourth, hoping McCown would fall to them in the fifth (only one QB came off the board between the Browns' selection of McCown and their next pick).  They needed the beef!  As far as their free agents they signed an interesting talent in Osunde who can immediately be a pass-rush specialist from a defensive end position.  Osunde's best full-time NFL position would be as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.  They also signed Geathers, a good athlete who is new to the receiver position but has the speed and athletic ability to develop into a player who can be useful in multiple receiver sets; Buhl, a linebacker in a safety's body who may excel on special teams; Hickman, a linebaker who has some talent and may be a good depth-guy; Curry, a free safety who is a good player but  injury-prone; and Grant, a strong safety from a small school who has the speed and ability to cover wide receivers but will need time to develop.  Grant could be a major contributor down-the-line.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Winslow II 6-3 7/8, 247 4.55 - 4.10 11.35 6.71 24 33½" 10-1
Winslow
Miami

#1 ranked TE  by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 1st round. Good or bad move to come out early? He would've been a first round pick last year. Some teams will worry about the semi-nutty attitude, but others will think it's an asset go along with his combination of hands and speed.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:Speaking of physical measurements, Miami (Fla.) tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., son of the Hall of Fame member, checked in at 6-feet-3 7/8 and 251 pounds. That was about a half-inch shorter than listed by the Hurricanes, but right about where most scouts had him pegged. There remains some disagreement over whether the younger Winslow will be better lining up at the traditional tight end spot or at an H-back type position. He is a very gifted route-runner, adept at finding the open seam against a zone defense, but there are lingering doubts about Winslow's ability as an in-line blocker.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: Winslow, a certain top 10 pick  raised his stock significantly with an impressive workout in Miami's pro day. At 6-4, 251, Pauline says Winslow is “Jeremy Shockey squared. He's a receiver in a tight end's body. Not a bad blocker; gives effort in blocking. He creates mismatches; too fast for linebackers and too big for defensive backs.”  The only knock on Winslow is that he's a high-maintenance player who has a reputation for being arrogant and making stupid remarks. “He's working to change that reputation,” Pauline (jaguars.com draft expert) said.
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Jones FS 6-1¼, 215 4.55 4.05 11.13 6.90 16 36½" 10-2
S Jones
Georgia

#3 ranked FS  by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports:   Projected: 2nd to 3rd round. Good or bad move to come out early? Jones has good size for a safety with a linebacker ability against the run. He was always around the ball this year and could be a high-rising prospect as the draft nears.
NFLFans.com reports: Jones is a playmaker that has excellent tools and attitude to succeed in the pros. Many times juniors are unwise to enter early, however, I do believe Sean is NFL ready and should have an excellent career.
Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: As the draft day countdown approaches three weeks, Kiper has identified Jones as a fast riser.
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McCowan 6-3 3/8, 208 4.63 4.21 6.74 37½" 10-5
McCowan
La Tech

#10 ranked QB  by Jaybird

Ken Bikoff  of www.profootballweekly.com reports: Louisiana Tech QB Luke McCown on the comparisons between him and his brother, Josh, who has emerged as the best bet to be quarterbacking the Cardinals next season. “We’re both calm individuals, both athletic scramblers, but I’m a little bit more of a pocket passer. Josh is more of a runner.”
Nolan Nawrocki of ProFootballWeekly.com reports: Luke probably won’t be drafted on the first day as his brother was (Josh). Yet he calmed some scouts’ concerns by weighing in at 209, 12 pounds heavier than he played in college. His athletic ability mirrors that of his brother, who paced the competition in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump among quarterbacks at the event two years ago. By the conclusion of the Combine, Luke likely will have begun inching up some teams’ draft boards. McCown and his older brother will join the Manning brothers and Tim and Matt Hasselbeck as the third set of brothers playing quarterback in the NFL.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Luke McCown, quarterback, Louisiana Tech. He's been out here since the first day and has been throwing in nearly every drill. He has taken advantage of helping out on drills (at the Combine)  showing scouts what he can do. McCown especially has looked good.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:  Luke McCown threw the ball well at the Combine, and has NFL-type physical stature.
NFLFans.com reports: McCowan had an excellent showing at his pro day, throwing over 150 passes to WRs, RBs, & TEs. He was very impressive, and reported as a hot prospect in NFL.com's pro day reports.
Brian DeLucia of SportingNews.com reports: McCown has good size and an above average arm. He possesses a good feeling for timing routes and understands the game well. But for someone with his intelligence and study habits, he makes some weird reads and locks onto his primary target too often. McCown must eliminate mistakes before he develops into a backup. If McCown can work on making better reads and improve his accuracy, he will be a solid backup and potential starter. Again, much of it in his case will be how well he's coached at the pro level.
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Gordon DE 6-02.2, 302 5.02 1.72 4.42 7.55 21 31' 9-4
Gordon
Stanford

Jaybird: below 4th round

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: 4th round to second day.  Good or bad move to come out early? An intriguing prospect, the former end turned tackle could probably use another year to grow into more of a true inside player.
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Gallery G 6.07.2, 310 5.52 - - - 22 28½" 8-7
Chambers
Stanford

Jaybird: below 4th round

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: The offensive line play was strong and a couple of prospects who looked like day two picks may have moved into day one status (like OT Kirk Chambers). Hard to pinpoint the big winner here (Combine), I say Chambers and OT Sean Bubin of Illinois improved their stock the most while OG Locklear was probably the best performer along the line.
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Echemandu 5-10 3/4, 226 4.52 - - - - 15 - -
Echemandu
California

#8 ranked RB  by Jaybird

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Echemandu is still recovering from a broken fibula and did not work out at California's Pro day. He will put on a work out on March 30.
Glenn Dickey of sfgate.com reports: Adimchinobe Echemandu won't be among those NFL prospects working out at Cal today for scouts, but he could be the steal of next month's draft.  The Cal running back rushed for 1,195 yards (5 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns last season. The yardage total is second in school history only to Chuck Muncie's 1,460 yards in 1975. Echemandu's 147 yards in Cal's upset of USC marked the first time the Trojans' defense had yielded 100 yards to a back in 17 games.  With his combination of speed (4.3 in the 40 in a workout last summer) and power, in addition to his blocking and receiving ability, Echemandu probably would have been a low first-round or high second-round pick. In the final game of the season, though, he twisted an ankle and suffered a fibula fracture.  His injury, to a non-weight- bearing bone, is healing nicely, and a medical report predicts a full recovery.  Earlier, Echemandu had missed two seasons because of academic ineligibility and an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but when he wasn't playing, he still worked out with the team, so he witnessed the huge turnaround when Jeff Tedford followed Tom Holmoe as coach.
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Geathers 6-2, 211 4.45 - - - - 14 - -
Geathers
Miami

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Geathers was initially a RB behind McGahee & Portis so had to switch to WR just to get on the field. He may be raw in his techniques but will interest many scouts because of the size, speed, and attitude he posses that will allow him to develop into an excellent WR at the next level. He is also an accomplished return man and has a good attitude to contribute to special team assignments.
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Osunde (injury) O 6.03.1, 252 4.80i 4.65i - 7.65i 33 35½"i 9-10i
Osunde
Conneticut

#12 ranked OLB  by Jaybird

Mel Kiper of ESPN.com reports: DE/OLB Uyi Osunde is a player Kiper identified as an "under the radar" player.
NFLFans.com reports: One of the true sleepers of the 2004 draft that recorded in his last 2 years 157 tackles, 30 TFL, and 20 sacks without even reaching his top form as yet.
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Buhl O 5.11.1, 204 4.59 - - - - - -
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Kansas State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Kansas State's Josh Buhl ran under 4.6 at the Combine.
NFLFans.com reports: Buhl  might be limited in gaining the size needed to play at LB in the NFL but might be very successful if converted to the safety position.
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Hickman O 6.07.7, 230 4.60 - 11.57 7.01 26 33" 9-1
Hickman
Kansas State

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: OLB Hickman has constantly improved, and has good upside. He could be a pleasant surprise as a mid day 2 selection.
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Curry FS 6-00.1, 204 4.68 - - - 17 35" -
Curry
Georgia

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: FS Curry is highly regarded in SEC He is a generally solid pass defender and tackler.  However, he is injury prone. His senior season marred by knee injury - which caused Curry to be lost for the season.
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Grant
Mars Hill

Jaybird: below 4th round

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports:  In keeping with the small school theme, Mars Hill SS/CB Michael Grant is starting to make some moves up boards. The 5115, 205-pound defensive back finished with 36 tackles, 10 PBU, and 5 INT in 2003. Grant started his college career at Grambling, but transferred to Georgia Southern and had to sit out because of the lateral transfer rules. He didn't stay at GSU long before he left for Ashville, N.C. where his family was starting a ministry. Michael took the year to help his family get their ministry off the ground and enrolled at Mars Hill. He's played SS and CB and was named 1st Team All SAC and was invited to the Cactus Bowl (D-2 all-star game). He's a very smooth, sleek athlete in the secondary who is effective in the box, shows good leverage in his pedal and can plant and turn fluidly. Shows good transitional skills and instincts. Has the speed (4.51) to mirror receivers. Grant is getting some late round grades from some of the scouts I speak to and currently is the #9 SS on my board. His versatility is making his value higher. A player who needs some coaching, but could develop into a solid NFL player.

TEAM NEWS/NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Northcutt WR, Stokes T, O'Hara G, Boyer LB, Sanders CB, Gardocki P
Key RFA: Zukauskas G (7th round)
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER
QB: Couch or Holcombe?  Holcombe or Couch?  Time to decide.  Personally, I'd go with Couch but give him a better line and a true go-to receiver.  If one of these two players is let go, the Browns will need a reliable backup.
RB: I'll be the first to admit it, I'm not a big William Green fan, and that has to do with both on-field talent, and off-field issues.  On the other hand, in the right offense, I believe Jamel White could be a very effective starter.  Unfortunately for White, the Browns preferred offense is not an ideal fit for him.  Therefore, Suggs should, and will, be the guy.  And he will will have a breakout year.
WR: The Browns have a good stable of receivers.  However,  none is a legit number one.  Morgan, Davis and Northcutt are all good players that teams would love to have, but is there a player in that group that is a major worry for defensive coordinators?  Northcutt, because of speed and how he is used, may situation-ally be the most worrisome.  Northcutt is also an UFA who is likely to leave.  The Browns, therefore, need a lead receiver and a receiver for their bench.
TE: The Browns need an upgrade at tight end.  There are a number of players beyond the Winslow and Troupe in the draft who could step in right away and upgrade the position.
OL: Stokes and O'Hara are UFAs.  The Browns would be disappointed if Stokes was a starter next year anyway, and O'Hara is serviceable, but better as a sub.  Ideally, the Browns would like to sign or draft a left tackle, have Verba come back from injury and move inside to guard, and resign O'Hara for depth.  In any case, besides a left tackle look for the Browns to also bring in at least one more guard.
DL: Brown may not be the pass-rushing demon envisioned when he was drafted, but he is still a good player.  Warren has been a mystery.  He should be much better.  Lang and Roye are steady.  An outside pass-rush specialist to play in the nickel would help this unit.
LB:  An interesting, young unit that should continue to get better and better.  I love Davis.  He is a sure tackler and a dangerous blitzer.  Taylor and Bentley were also a productive players.  However, look for Thompson to push Bentley for his starting job in camp.  Boyer, an UFA, should be resigned for depth, ability and to have an experienced linebacker on the team.
DB: Henry is a good corner and McCutcheon is okay.  A player to compete with McCutcheon would be helpful, and at worst, add depth (especially with Sanders an UFA).  I like the Browns safeties.  They compliment each other.  Little has a nose for the ball and Griffith hits like a truck.  I'm not sure, however, that Browns' management views their safeties the same way.  But then I don't see every play and count the missed tackles.

D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: It might be too early to speculate about something like this but it seems like the Browns interest in Roethlisberger is even hotter than first reported. So hot in fact that the Browns are toying with the idea or may have already talked to the Raiders about moving into the #2 spot in the first round. If this happens expect the Raiders to try and land Shawn Andrews at tackle and the deal from Cleveland would most likely involve a player like Tim Couch or Quincy Morgan.
D. J. Boyer of Football.com reports: Ben Roethlisberger is here (at Senior Bowl practice) making the rounds with Leigh Steinberg. 3 teams showed immense interest in Roethlisberger...San Diego...Cleveland....Dallas.
The Akron Beacon Journal's Terry Pluto reports: the Cleveland Browns  like Miami (Fla.) safety Sean Taylor.
USAToday.com reports: The Browns will pick seventh or eighth and would love to somehow fall into Iowa left tackle Robert Gallery. It's not likely he'll be on the board, though, so the Browns are taking a long look at tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and safety Sean Taylor, both from the University of Miami.

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Cleveland
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 21 Faine, Jeff C 6-3 303 Notre Dame
2 52 Thompson, Chaun OLB 6-2 240 West Texas A&M
3 84 Crocker, Chris FS 6-0 194 Marshall
4 115 Suggs, Lee RB 6-0 202 Virginia Tech
5 142 Pontbriand, Ryan C 6-2 250 Rice
5 152 Lehan, Michael CB 6-0 196 Minnesota
6 195 Garay, Antonio DE 6-3 295 Boston College

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

Faine is an excellent player.  He will anchor the Browns' offensive line for years.  Thompson was a good pick in round two.  In some circles, picking Thompson in round two might be considered a reach, but not here.  Thompson is versatile, has a load of talent, and is a future NFL star.  Excellent pick by the Browns.  The Browns selected Corker higher than where I thought he would go.  He has good physical skills, but there is some question as to whether he will develop into a consistent NFL starter.  Suggs is an insurance policy in case Jamal White leaves after this year.  If White leaves, Suggs should be ready to go in 2004.  With Faine now on board, Pontbriand backs him up and is their deep snapper.  Lehan has speed but needs to gain strength and improve his technique.  Garay was a very good value pick in round seven.  He can play tackle and end and should be a valuable reserve and rotation player.
Faine WORKOUT NUMBERS   Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports,  center Jeff Faine really impressed people. He was listed at 6-foot-3, 298 pounds, and had a 33¼-inch arm length. He ran a 4.9 and had a 1.68 in the 10-yard dash, 36-inch vertical jump, 10-foot long jump, 25 reps on the bench press, 4.28 short shuttle, and 7.16 cone drill. Four offensive line coaches worked him out pretty good. His stock elevated today.
Thompson AllProScouting.com reports in pre-combine workouts, West Texas A&M OLB Chaun Thompson is running in the low 4.4 s on grass at  233-pounds.
Chaun Thompson, West Texas A&M -- Ran 4.48 in the 40... at Draft2003.com reports, 6-foot-2, 240 pounds... had 35" vertical... did 29 reps of 225 pounds... and was solid in his drills... was viewed at both linebacker spots... that increased his stock, as well...
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports,  an update on a player I have been high on since October. West Texas A&M LB Chaun Thompson's post season momentum has continued. The 6017, 240-pound LB with 4.4/4.5 speed is scheduled to workout in Canyon, Texas on March 13th at 11am in front of at least 15 teams. Chaun has been rated as my #2 OLB prospect for three months now and he's established himself as a solid first day prospect with a tremendous upside. He's moves very well laterally, shows a tremendous burst in pursuit, locates the ball well, shows good change of direction skills, balance, and understands the game very well. He can also kick off. Very good looking prospect.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, athletically speaking, Thompson is a first round talent, but teams will worry about his technique on shedding blocks and his consistency with his hands. These are all things that are minor and are coachable. I think when it's all said and done, he will be a 2nd or 3rd rounder.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Chaun Thompson continued to impress with another fabulous positional workout. The Bucs, Texans, and Redskins all had their LB coaches there and Green Bay sent their Personnel Director, Mark Hatley. He showed very well in his drops, as well as explosiveness in a short area and a burst to move sideline to sideline. He did well in flexibility drills and had an outstanding day. Most teams project Chaun as a WLB at the next level.  Hatley was said to have taken Chaun to lunch where the two had a great conversation and Hatley came away impressed with Chaun's personality and playmaking abilities.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, I have Chaun Thompson as my #14 rated Senior Prospect. One thing people can't seem to comprehend is that scouting is a three year process. Projections are based on PRO POTENTIAL, UPSIDE, and WHERE THE PLAYER WILL BE THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.
Suggs Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports that one guy who could emerge at the running back position is Lee Suggs of Virginia Tech who has vowed to show up at the combine at 215 pounds, 10-12 more than his usual playing weight. Suggs could jump to the front of the tailback class with a good spring. More than a mere weight gain, though, Suggs is going to have to run a good 40-yard time to make a move up the draft boards
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported Lee Suggs of Virginia Tech measured 5-11 5/8, 202 at the combine.
WORKOUT NUMBERS  Matt Gambill of AllProScouting.com reports, Suggs was 204-pounds and ran mid-high 4.4's. He had a 36 1/2 vertical and 10'3 broad jump.
Great Blue North (GBNReport.com) reports, Virginia Tech RB Lee Suggs, reportedly had a strong workout in Blacksburg, running the 40 in 4.45 and catching everything thrown his way in passing drills. Suggs measured in at just under 6-0 and 204 pounds. There are some concerns, though, about a lingering shoulder problem that kept Suggs from working out at the combines in Indianapolis last month. Suggs, of course, also suffered a torn ACL in 2001, but bounced back nicely this past fall.
Garay WORKOUT NUMBERS Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, Antonio Garay was 6-3¾ and 295 pounds. He ran the 40 twice for 4.95 and 5.0 seconds. He did a vertical of 29½ inches, a long jump of 7-foot-10, a 4.48 in the short shuttle, and a 7.43 in the three-cone drill.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : C


I would have taken Duckett over Green.  Time will tell whether Green becomes a true number one back or settles in a notch below (Rhett, Murrell, Stewart, Dayne, etc.).  Duckett will be a stud.  Davis is good and will contribute, Cliff Russell may have helped more.  Fowler was a solid pick in the third round.  LBs Bentley, Taylor and Davis add defensive depth and special team skills.  TE Sanders could be a sleeper.  He can run block and has the skills to develop as a receiving threat.  Don't count out OT Gonzalez.


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Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 16 Green, William RB 6-0 221 Boston College
2 47 Davis, Andre' WR 6-1 194 Virginia Tech
3 76 Fowler, Melvin C 6-3 300 Maryland
4 101 Bentley, Kevin OLB 6-0 243 Northwestern
4 111 Taylor, Ben ILB 6-2 236 Virginia Tech
4 122 Sanders, Darnell TE 6-6 267 Ohio State
5 141 Davis, Andra ILB 6-1 244 Florida
7 227 Gonzalez, Joaquin OT 6-4 293 Miami (Fla.)

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