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December 20, 2010, 11:14 AM
Ok, unfortunately for us Browns fans, the annual early question has to be asked. Who do we want in the next NFL Draft? This team lacks playmakers, so I think WR needs to be addressed. And I would normally say you can get some steals (WR) in the 2nd round but that hasn't worked out for us lately. So I think we need to go after Green, Jones or Blackmon sometime in the 1st.

I also like the big DT from Bama to help sure up our line. And Greg Jones from MSU might be there in the 2nd so that could help with the D. But then again we can use another CB so we need to address that as well.

It's a shame we have to think about this before Christmas but that is part of being a devoted Browns fan. Some considerations also have to be who might be coaching and if we switch to a 3-4. What do you think?
December 20, 2010  05:48 PM ET

My dream draft for 2011 would look something like this

A top 5 front seven player like Marcel Dareus of Alabama or Robert Quinn in round 1. The Front seven needs a playmaker and a leader
TE Kyle Rudolph in round 2 - helps the O line and gives Colt another weapon, 2 birds 1 stone
A Fast WR like the kid from Troy everyone's raving about. Somebody like Chansi Stuckey only with jets. Take a short timing throw and make something out it player.
Another WR in round 4
ILB round 5 - Playing a 3-4 means you can find strong big guys who lack the speed to play in the 4-3 at this round
Remaining rounds, G, RT, DT

January 1, 2011  11:02 PM ET

Time to chime in on what the Browns will do with draft. Looks like they'll be picking anywhere between 7th and 10th. Dawg Pound Daily suggested we take a flier on someone like Ryan Mallet or Jake Locker. That's not something I see the Browns even considering. Colt's put up a 65% completion and a 81 QB rating. Consider that Locker is 55% for his college career and you get the idea just how pointless it would be to draft him. So who should we draft. I thought about it and here's what I came up with.

AJ Green - This is the dream scenario but it also has the slimmest chance of success. I can't see Green lasting this long. As for the other receivers, a lot of mock drafts have the Browns settling for Julio Jones or Justin Blackmon. That would be reaching and Holmgren and Heckert don't like to reach in the first round. Unless, like TJ Ward, they see something in these guys that no one else sees I think they'll pass.

Patrick Peterson or Prince Anakamura - Also a long shot but not as long as AJ Green. The Browns secondary has gone from a joke to a strength, adding either of these studs would give them the best young DBs in the NFL and that always counts for something.

Front 7 - This is the most obvious choice. We play in the AFC North. We need a front seven that can dominate. There are so many players projected to be rush linebackers or 3-4 Ends that the Browns would really have their choice. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if they went front 7 again in the second round. Things worked out so well with Haden and Ward I'm sure they'll be tempted to double dip again. Imagine Marcel Dareus and Jeremy Beal 1st and 2nd round picks. It could happen

Mark Ingram - Fans probably don't want to hear this but Peyton Hillis can't carry the load by himself. The Browns need another physical RB and the status of Monterio Hardesty is up in the air. I love Hillis and hope he's a Brown for a long time to come, but drafting Ingram would ensure the running game stays physical for four quarters. Also the league may be going to an 18 game schedule. Something like that you'd HAVE to have two running backs.

January 2, 2011  11:55 AM ET

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January 2, 2011  12:28 PM ET

I think the direction we go will depend a lot on what direction the new coach wants to go. I think Mangini will be gone primarily because he was unable to keep his players playing motivated football for the entire season.

Number one priority, get 2 receivers that can catch the ball, even if it is not put in their breadbasket.

Next, shore up the right side of the "O" line. The best"O" line makes the best RB's, and QB's. If Hillis has to keep making his own holes, he won't last another 1/2 season.

Our most glaring need on the "D" is the ability to stop the run. We were thoroughly embarrassed several times this season. I think most of this lies with the coach, not the players. I think Ryan is overrated.

While we are back on the subject of coaches, A real offensive coordinator would be nice to have next year, not some sandlot wannabe that relies on trick plays as his bread and butter.

January 2, 2011  06:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think the direction we go will depend a lot on what direction the new coach wants to go. I think Mangini will be gone primarily because he was unable to keep his players playing motivated football for the entire season. Number one priority, get 2 receivers that can catch the ball, even if it is not put in their breadbasket.Next, shore up the right side of the "O" line. The best"O" line makes the best RB's, and QB's. If Hillis has to keep making his own holes, he won't last another 1/2 season. Our most glaring need on the "D" is the ability to stop the run. We were thoroughly embarrassed several times this season. I think most of this lies with the coach, not the players. I think Ryan is overrated. While we are back on the subject of coaches, A real offensive coordinator would be nice to have next year, not some sandlot wannabe that relies on trick plays as his bread and butter.

I hear what you're saying but I think the Browns will go for Run D and pass rush in the draft and try to address the O Line and Receiving corps in the off season. Logan Mankins and Jared Gaither will both be available. As will Mike Sims Walker and Steve Breaston.

The draft is very rich in front seven prospects but there's only one consensus WR in the top 10. Still if AJ Green is there I'm sure they'll happily take him.

 
January 2, 2011  06:27 PM ET

I realize the thread is about the draft, but I think I got carried away and was addressing team needs in general. I really don't care where they get real "Talent", so long as they do. We need winners, not quitters. They came on like they were going to give the Steelers some competition today, but when they got slapped once or twice, they went into "just finish the game" mode.

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