NFL  > Cleveland Browns  > Fearless Browns Draft Prediction Number 1
January 8, 2011, 01:56 PM
The Browns will trade down.

It's always hard to predict a trade but in the Browns case things are shaping up that way. First thing is guessing what their primary targets are going to be. I think the biggest needs on their board look something like this.

WR- No brainer. Get Colt an explosive weapon

CB - What keeps mediocre teams mediocre is their inability to finish what they start. They get some talent in one area but they don't follow up and complete that section of the team. This is a primary example. You may think CB isn't a need because we got Joe Haden in the last draft, but that leaves a hole at the other CB position. With another shut down CB opposite Haden that gives them a real strength on the defensive side of the ball that they can build upon.

RT - See above about finishing. The Browns have been getting by with one half of a good o-line and this year it caught up with them. Colt McCoy took a pounding in the final game. RT might even be higher on their list than a WR after that game.

So if those are the top needs you look at who's available and who is worth the number 6 pick. There's only 3 really, WR AJ Green and CB's Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara. And with Andrew Luck out of the Draft it's possible, likely even that all three will be off the board by the time the Browns are set to draft.

And that's when it gets really interesting. There are 4 teams drafting behind the Browns who need a franchise QB, San Fran, Tennessee, Minnesota and Miami and the Niners draft right after the Browns. If anyone is serious about drafting a QB in the first round, the Browns phone should be ringing off the hook. It's possible they could make as many as three trades and still be in position for Julio Jones, Justin Blackmon or Brandon Harris, and pick up additional second and thrid rounders to help fill out the rest of their needs.
January 8, 2011  07:59 PM ET
QUOTE:

WR- No brainer. Get Colt an explosive weapon

See above about finishing. Two WR's is better than one! ......and time to get off quality passes from a very protective O line is even better. Too many needs and not enough picks. Which brings us back to your first point, the Browns probably would be better off trading down and accumulating picks.

January 9, 2011  10:30 AM ET

The defense ranked at 13 makes it o.k. to focus 1st on providing a stronger offense and RT and WR certainly will help. The Browns history of drafting high and often getting someone who doesn't pan out indicates they should do as suggested and trade down and accumulate picks. There is always a few guys who are really good and get overlooked. Try to find them in this year's draft. Being respectable next season is o.k., so focus on bulding for 2012 and 2013. It took a long time to finally find a dependable QB and Colt shows promise to be that guy. So work on trying to be respectable for 2011 and build a winner for the future. There are too many holes to fill to expect an over 500 club for next season. Patience is still needed by fans and team management. Go Browns!!

January 9, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

See above about finishing. Two WR's is better than one! ......and time to get off quality passes from a very protective O line is even better. Too many needs and not enough picks. Which brings us back to your first point, the Browns probably would be better off trading down and accumulating picks.

There are some intriguing players projected in the 3rd round at WR. If we get Blackmon, or Jones or even (fingers crossed) AJ Green in the first round we should definitely look at Jerrell Jernigan from Troy in the 3rd if he's still available.

January 10, 2011  09:55 AM ET

I agree that they should trade down, get a few more picks; but what is Heckert's history with trading down in the draft? Seems like they were pretty successful in Philly, thus picking in the latter half of the draft. Come on Eagles fans; help me out with this because I am too lazy to look it up right now...lol.

WR is the most glaring hole on offense...could be solved in FA? Vincent Jackson, Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd and Steve Breaston will be some notable free agents...Cleveland might be a tough sell for top WRs...oh, and I guess Braylon Edwards is available as a FA, too....wouldn't that be nice--HA!

Cleveland will also have to make some decisions with their LBs: D. Jackson, C Gocong, M Roth, and J Trusnik. Desmond Bishop will be a Fa with GB after this season, as the Pack may have some tough choices at LB as well. He's a solid playmaker against the run and as a rusher, but struggles a little bit in pass coverage; however, he's a playmaker and very aggressive.

There are also some interesting options at RB hitting the FA market. A. Foster will definitely get a new contract in Houston, but his back-up Derrick Ward may be available if the Texans don't resign him for insurance on Foster. DeAngelo Williams from Carolina is another option, but he would probably want too much money for Cleveland, since they would expect him to split carries with Hillis. Some other notables are Cedric Benson, Mike Tolbert and Michael Bush. RB is an easier sell in Cleveland because they love to run the ball, but Montario Hardesty could be a factor in the decision making. If they think that he can be healthy and effective, they may look to build other needs.

Depth at CB looks pretty thin on the FA market. The Browns have E Wright listed as a possible FA, and his return might be a necessary evil if they cannot bring in other top choices, through the draft or FA. Maybe the next coach can utilize him better.

January 10, 2011  10:46 AM ET

The Browns definitely need to draft Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara to move Sheldon Brown to safety and have him back there with TJ Ward, that would give us four DB's that can cover and def tackle....Have we not learned that WR frafted high do not provide the immediate impact that you would look for on a team....Dane Sanzanbacher is the type of WR that the Browns need to go after with is switching to a west coast offense, he will make as many plays as chansi stuckey did this year with colt throwing him the ball...look at how often he had to adjust to Pryors passing.....Reggie Wayne is not happy in Indy can we get him...can we get a vet WR through free agaency and not waste a pick on a WR please...Dline help would also be an added Bonus im not a dline kind of guy so i leave that to the people who knows big guys best, but for sure the WR is 2nd or 3rd round and the CB is the #6 pick in the draft

Comment #6 has been removed
January 10, 2011  04:00 PM ET

I just dont see it happening....Ownership and management leadership & decisions are the key. Follow the Ozzie Newsome model for success.

January 11, 2011  07:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Browns definitely need to draft Patrick Peterson or Prince Amukamara to move Sheldon Brown to safety and have him back there with TJ Ward, that would give us four DB's that can cover and def tackle....Have we not learned that WR frafted high do not provide the immediate impact that you would look for on a team....Dane Sanzanbacher is the type of WR that the Browns need to go after with is switching to a west coast offense, he will make as many plays as chansi stuckey did this year with colt throwing him the ball...look at how often he had to adjust to Pryors passing.....Reggie Wayne is not happy in Indy can we get him...can we get a vet WR through free agaency and not waste a pick on a WR please...Dline help would also be an added Bonus im not a dline kind of guy so i leave that to the people who knows big guys best, but for sure the WR is 2nd or 3rd round and the CB is the #6 pick in the draft

I completely agree about Sanzenbacher. I think he would be an Austin Collie type receiver with good hands. I would be for taking the two you named in the first round but only those two. I still like Bama's DT Darius (sp) who I beleive can play an end position as well. If they can drop down, I think they have to due to the amount of holes.

January 11, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Depth at CB looks pretty thin on the FA market. The Browns have E Wright listed as a possible FA, and his return might be a necessary evil if they cannot bring in other top choices, through the draft or FA. Maybe the next coach can utilize him better.

Nnamdi Asomugha would be a great addition to any team, though. Does Rob Ryan have enough pull to get his former player? Will Ryan still have a job in Cleveland? He's the highest paid CB in the league, so will Lerner open the pocket book for him? He's 30 years old, in his prime and only allowed 13 receptions out of 33 targets thrown his way this year: and no TD's allowed. Speaking as a HUGE Browns homer, I think Aso makes a lot of sense for the Cleveland Browns.

January 19, 2011  05:21 PM ET

bump

January 24, 2011  07:27 PM ET

I predict browns are gonna trade down into the 15-16 range and get themselves another 2nd round pick.. i could see them passing up aj green and moving down taking a guy like julio jones.

Then come back in the second round and take a defensive linemen and a true middle linebacker.

January 25, 2011  08:44 AM ET

What do yall think of Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pitt) in the second round? He's listed at 6'-5'', 230 lbs. Freaky athletic, with good hands, fast (not top-end speed, though) and he can block downfield. If Cleveland takes a WR in the first few rounds, which I really was not hoping for, this guy would seem to be a good fit. Size, hands, toughness over the middle. Only going by what I've read about him though...didn't actually see him play live this year.

January 25, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What do yall think of Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pitt) in the second round? He's listed at 6'-5'', 230 lbs. Freaky athletic, with good hands, fast (not top-end speed, though) and he can block downfield. If Cleveland takes a WR in the first few rounds, which I really was not hoping for, this guy would seem to be a good fit. Size, hands, toughness over the middle. Only going by what I've read about him though...didn't actually see him play live this year.

Baldwin == Roy Williams Starter kit ... So if you like to pay big money to someone who is only efffective for 1 year ... go for it.

January 25, 2011  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE:

I BET ALL DA TOP PROSPECTS ARE PRAYIN PLEASE DONT LET DA CLOWNS DRAFT ME!!!!!!!!

January 25, 2011  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What do yall think of Jonathan Baldwin (WR, Pitt) in the second round? He's listed at 6'-5'', 230 lbs. Freaky athletic, with good hands, fast (not top-end speed, though) and he can block downfield.

As a Pitt fan, I can tell you that Baldwin has a ton of talent. Personally I think he would definitely benefit from another year of college as his toughness has come into question, specifically going across the middle. He could be a steal in the early rounds or he could be a bust. Only time will tell. From what I've seen, he looks to be a little more Antonio Bryant instead of Larry Fitzgerald. Of course, that could easily change as he matures.

January 25, 2011  02:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

As a Pitt fan, I can tell you that Baldwin has a ton of talent. Personally I think he would definitely benefit from another year of college as his toughness has come into question, specifically going across the middle. He could be a steal in the early rounds or he could be a bust. Only time will tell. From what I've seen, he looks to be a little more Antonio Bryant instead of Larry Fitzgerald. Of course, that could easily change as he matures.

Thanks for the info...pulled up a mock draft saw his name, and was hoping a Pitt fan could shed a little more light on the subject. Is he only a junior?

January 25, 2011  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Thanks for the info...pulled up a mock draft saw his name, and was hoping a Pitt fan could shed a little more light on the subject. Is he only a junior?

You are correct, he is only a Junior. My guess is that he won't get out of the first round or, if he does, won't last long early in the second. His size and potential are just too tempting. He really had a down year this past season, but in fairness, Pitt had a first year starting QB, however it's not like he did anything spectacular to distinguish himself . Like I said, he would definitely benefit from another year in college, but it looks like he's going pro.

January 25, 2011  04:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#20):

You are correct, he is only a Junior. My guess is that he won't get out of the first round or, if he does, won't last long early in the second. His size and potential are just too tempting. He really had a down year this past season, but in fairness, Pitt had a first year starting QB, however it's not like he did anything spectacular to distinguish himself . Like I said, he would definitely benefit from another year in college, but it looks like he's going pro.

Big risk/big reward candidate, huh? Didn't watch a lot of college ball this year...so I'm trying to put some faces to some names that I have been hearing...thanks.

January 25, 2011  07:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

See above about finishing. Two WR's is better than one! ......and time to get off quality passes from a very protective O line is even better. Too many needs and not enough picks. Which brings us back to your first point, the Browns probably would be better off trading down and accumulating picks.

Trading doown to get more picks is a Pats type move.

 
January 26, 2011  02:51 PM ET

Bump....

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Clippers, Warriors exchange barbs
    Views
    431
    Comments
    235
  2. 2
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    2459
    Comments
    231
  3. 3
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    2053
    Comments
    140
  4. 4
    Time to penalize NHL's perennial losers?
    Views
    335
    Comments
    112
  5. 5
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    7096
    Comments
    90

SI.com

SI Photos