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|Draft grades courtesy of Evan Silva (Sr. NFL Editor of rotoworld.com)||Follow @evansilva|
|The Browns went heavy on big-name college players in this draft. Richardson fortifies a backfield otherwise devoid of starting-caliber talent, and Cleveland also addressed positions of need with its ensuing three selections. It's worth noting that the Browns chose Jeffery over Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle, and a strong case can be made that Hill and Randle are superior NFL prospects.
Weeden gives Cleveland a passer with enough arm strength to power through windy conditions, a trait starter Colt McCoy lacks. Wylie is a dynamic slot-receiver type. Wynn was an underachiever at Boise State. Lewis isn't an effective football player. Forston has some potential, but figures to spend much of his NFL career in the trainers room. Brown is a smallish slot cornerback prospect. Schwartz was a bit of a reach at the top of round three, but he may start right away at right tackle.
It's easy to pick nits, but Cleveland picked up some explosive elements on offense, didn't ignore quarterback, and emerged from the draft with four likely starters. They warrant a respectable B-.
|1.04||4||Trent Richardson, RB|
|A lot of thought goes into this one and I could've gone a number of different ways. I wanted to trade down; struck out. Could've taken Blackmon- but feel like the WR depth is substantial in this class. Came very close to taking Claiborne, and for much of this offseason, would have. I have no objection to pairing Joe Haden and Mo Claiborne. But at this point, knowing that (1) there has been nothing really done to improve the offense; (2) Peyton Hillis is gone: (3) There's a solid chance I'm going to have to roll with Colt McCoy in 2012 and will therefore need to not only protect him but pound the rock to do it; (4) Trent Richardson is Greg Cosell's #1 ranked player and widely regarded as the best RB prospect since one Adrian F. Peterson; and (5) my view of Richardson is as that of a potential rare 3-down back. Doesn't mean he has to carry the load in an Earl Campbell kind of way, just that he can already handle all the pass protection and receiving duties required of a lead back in this offense. You know- like a LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook or Steven Jackson. He's a special back, and though in theory I'd prefer to get my back later, in practice I've got the 4th pick and I think this is the best available player, and he plays a position of immediate and enormous need for my team. Pound. That. Rock.|
|1.22||22||Alshon Jeffery, WR|
from South Carolina
|I really wanted Kendall Wright here, but either WR will suit me just fine. The WCO likes big, rangy WR's who are able to make yards after the catch. Also, Jeffery provides a much-needed "throw it up and go get it" red zone threat. Trent Richardson and Alshon Jeffrey are precisely the kind of playmaking ability this offense has lacked. I would be pleased in real life if they pulled this off.|
|2.05||37||Brandon Weeden, QB|
from Oklahoma St.
|His age doesn't bother me, and while I do have other questions (how quickly can he pick up the WCO, how will he deal with massively increased traffic/pressure) I really like his ability. Very natural thrower of the ball, seems to understand touch and placement, and think the maturity level goes a long way on a young team. He'll challenge McCoy right away, and could beat him out. Even if he doesn't start day 1, the position is so unsettled and Weeden's game is high enough that the Walrus steps in here to say "Enough. We've argued about 25 prospects at 12 positions at this pick and nobody has convinced me any of them are any surer a thing than Weeden at QB. We're taking him."|
|3.04||68||Mitchell Schwartz, OT|
|Boom. Right tackle solved. Schwartz is, in my view, an underrated prospect who often dominated at left tackle at Cal. He'll be a great fit as the bookend to Joe Thomas, and will immediately stabilize the right side of the offensive line. Excited to make this pick, the Browns sprint to the podium to do so.|
|4.05||100||Billy Winn, DT|
from Boise St.
|The target went one pick ahead of me, but I like this recovery to add solid DT depth. Taylor & Rubin can't play very snap, and Winn is a baller. Great get-off and motor.|
|4.23||118||Devon Wylie, WR|
from Fresno St.
|Let it not be said that this particular GM did nothing about adding offensive playmakers to a unit utterly devoid of them. I love Wiggles Wylie as a player. Excellent quicks, solid hands. So long as he stays healthy, he should start in the slot in a role in which Danny Amendola caught a ton of balls 2 years ago in St. Louis. Consider the offense addressed. Mostly.|
|5.04||131||Travis Lewis, OLB|
|Lewis may not start right away, but OLB is a position of serious need and he'd at least be quality depth. Solid upside and comes from a well-coached Oklahoma program. It's early round 5. Gotta take your shots.|
|6.05||164||Marcus Forston, DT|
from Miami (FL)
|6.25||183||Charles Brown, CB|
from North Carolina
|You can never have enough DB's, and Brown made enough plays to take a shot on him.|
|1.22||NFL: from Falcons for 2011 Draft Day Trade|
|Atlanta → Cleveland (PD). Atlanta traded this selection, a fourth-round selection, and their first-, second-, and fourth-round selections in the 2011 NFL Draft (No. 27, after all trades and the clock expiring on their original pick, Baltimore selected Jimmy Smith; No. 59, Cleveland selected Greg Little; and No. 124, Cleveland selected Owen Marecic) to Cleveland for Cleveland's 2011 first-round selection (No. 6, used to select Julio Jones).|
|4.23||NFL: from Falcons for 2011 Draft Day Trade|
|Atlanta → Cleveland (PD). See Round One: Atlanta → Cleveland above|
|6.25||NFL: from Broncos for QB Quinn|
|Denver → Cleveland (PD). Denver traded this conditional selection, a 2011 sixth-round selection, and running back Peyton Hillis to Cleveland for quarterback Brady Quinn.|