Heckert: We Added Guys We Really Wanted

The Browns' organizational leaders seem pleased with the results of this year's draft.

BEREA—The Browns brain trust of Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur are happy with the results of this year's draft.

"We're really excited," Heckert said. "Time will tell, but we added guys that we really wanted and are really excited about it."

"We picked players who we really feel good about," Shurmur said. "We feel these guys can come in and compete to play right away."

Holmgren admitted he wasn't involved in the process this year.

"We made a decision early on that this was going to be Tom and Pat's draft," Holmgren said. "I was a little more involved last year, but the overall draft strategy was Tom's.

"I think these guys did a marvelous job," he said. "After working with Tom and Pat, I have the utmost confidence in them. We took the best players that filled needs without reaching for them."

The Browns finished the 2011 draft with eight players. The Browns selected four on defense and four on offense. They have picked up two defensive linemen, a cornerback and safety on defense. Offensively, they've added a wide receiver, tight end, fullback and tackle.

Shurmur said he thinks the defensive linemen (Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard) taken with the first two picks can come in and play right away.

"We feel at that position, the defensive lineman can come in and start in their first year," Shurmur said.

Holmgren added that he thinks Little could be a big addition.

"I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you see in Little," Holmgren said. "Home run hitters don't have to go long every play. I'm hopefully we added to our receiver pile."

"I like to add quarterbacks every year to the pile, but it has to make sense," Holmgren said.

Here are some comments from the Browns on the four draft choices thus far on Saturday.

(4)TE Jordan Cameron: "We're really excited about this kid. He's big and super talented with great hands. He played well at the all-star game and at the combine. We're excited about him."—Tom Heckert

"He was 100 percent the guy we wanted to take. We're pretty sure the teams behind us would take him." –Heckert.

"He made the adjustment from basketball to football and is really a good athlete. I think there is a tremendous upside to this player."—Mike Holmgren

"I think Evan (Moore) and he are different. Both are very good and to add another weapon to the offense can only help."--Heckert

(4)FB Owen Marecic: "You know the story about Owen playing both ways. He's a legit fullback and he's a great blocker. We think he will help us on offense and special teams."--Heckert

(5)CB Buster Skrine: "He's a super athletic player who can fly. He can play inside and outside for us. Obviously, you want 6-0 guys, but he's fast, fast."—Heckert

(5)OT Jason Pinkston: "We think he can play right tackle, left tackle and guard. We obviously traded both our sixth picks to get him, so we like him." --Heckert

(On why they traded up)"We were looking at the teams picking ahead of us and we projected some of those teams looking at offensive lineman." --Pat Shurmur

"Versatility is always important. The more you can do the more value they are to the team."—Heckert

"We'll probably look at him first at guard, but eventually he could be at tackle."—Shurmur


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