Monday, May 4, 2009
Draft Breakdown: Cleveland Browns
Derek Anderson lead the Browns to a 4-12 record last season. This opens the door for Brady Quinn to contend for the starting role. Both QB's have shown flashes, Anderson was even a pro bowler 2 years ago. So first things first they need people to protect these guys. Their were three solid centers in this years draft, this does not happen very often. These centers were, Alex Mack from California, Eric Wood from Louisville, and Max Unger from Oregon. The Browns took Mack with their first pick, 21st overall. Mack is a very solid player and should be able to help right away. He won the Morris Trophy which is given to the best offensive lineman in the Pac-10, it is voted on by Pac-10 defensive lineman, pretty impressive. Center is a crucial position on the front lines and the Browns hope that he can help give their QB whomever it is some extra time in the pocket. Strength is key for offensive lineman, he set a record at California cleaning 374 pounds.
Braylon Edwards is good, one of the better wide receivers in the game, last year he had a case of the drops. He is still one of the best but when Donte' Stallworth (17 catches, 170 yards, 1 TD) is your second best, you have some work to do. With their second pick they took Brain Robiskie out of Ohio State. Robiskie is a good possession receiver, he has above average hands and for that reason could become a favorite for the QB on third downs. He ran a 4.59 second forty yard dash which is about what I figured he would run, its not a blazing time but he runs good routes which helps a lot. This is a good pick for the Browns because they lack a receiver like Robiskie.
They took another WR with their third pick, Mohamed Massaquoi out of Georgia. They need help at the position so I don's see this as a bad pick. Massaquoi could help the Browns a bit in their short passing game, he ran a 4.66 second 40 yard dash and they have Braylon Edwards so I don't see him getting a lot of work deep down the field.
Overall Draft Grade: B-
(Shows the hands at 29 seconds)