Analysis: Is One Worth Two?

Now that the draft is over, it's time for the so-called pundits to weigh in. Browns fans have been inundated already with analysts gasping and harrumphing over the second-round selection the Browns gave up to land Kellen Winslow, Jr. The Browns response? A collective shrug. TheInsiders weigh in on the Browns draft strategy...

Is one player worth two high draft picks?

The Browns think so. They gave Detroit their first- and second-round picks (Nos. 7 and 37 overall) to move up one spot in the NFL draft.

NFL types were aghast at the team giving up its top two picks for one player. The typical value board would have a team giving up a fourth-round choice or a third-round selection to move up one spot, not a two.

But the Browns shrugged.

They entered the draft targeting three players: left tackle Robert Gallery, safety Sean Taylor and Winslow.

When Gallery went two and Taylor five, the Browns had to worry about Detroit taking the last guy they really wanted one pick ahead of the Browns' spot.

The Browns could have sat where they were, and they would have taken cornerback DeAngelo Hall. But they moved aggressively and went against the grain, giving up the top two picks for Winslow.

Is it worth it?

The Browns think so, so it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks. And the final determination will be up to Winslow. If he turns into the impact player everyone projects him to be, the price will be small.

DRAFT REVIEW -- The Browns did many good things in the NFL Draft.

They acquired a big-time tight end in Kellen Winslow.

They moved back into the second round to pick up the second round pick they traded for Winslow and got the second-best safety in the draft in Sean Jones.

They took a quarterback of the future in Luke McCown, a very talented player.

They added a decent offensive tackle in Kirk Chambers in round six, and felt like they made improved their team.

In all, the team had goals and aggressively went after what they wanted. They traded up twice for Winslow and Jones, and they targeted McCown in the fourth round.

The one thing they didn't do, though, was upgrade the offensive line in early rounds. Left guard and tackle remain the two most unsettled positions on the team, and upgrading them will be a concern the rest of the offseason.

Butch Davis, though, hinted that this was not a great draft for offensive linemen, and it showed because not a lot went early.

One other concern is signing Winslow, who is represented by the Poston Brothers, the Simon Legrees of agents. Negotiations conducted by the Postons have been contentious, and Kevin Poston seemed to be laying the groundwork for some large demands when he said Winslow could have been the first overall pick.

But it's hard to argue with the players the Browns selected. Unlike a year ago when Cleveland reached for several players -- most notably linebacker Chaun Thompson in round two and a long snapper in round five -- the Browns seemed to take players when they should have gone.


BEST PICK: When a team acquires a tight end who is a big-play threat and a threat to score on almost every play, a guy who can open up the field for other players it's a good pick. By any account, Kellen Winslow Jr. has the ability to be a big-time player. That's a good pick.

COULD SURPRISE: Tackle Kirk Chambers of Stanford started 45 games at Stanford and is a mature 25-year-old. Chambers is not Robert Gallery, but his experience and smarts could help the Browns this season.

A closer look at the Browns' picks:

Round 1/6 -- Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, 6-5, 246, Miami

The Browns wanted him so badly they traded first- and second-round picks to get him. The price was high, but the Browns felt Winslow filled a huge need. And when two of the three players the Browns wanted -- Robert Gallery and Sean Taylor -- were gone, the Browns felt they had to make an aggressive move to get Winslow.

Round 2/59 -- Sean Jones, S, 6-1, 212, Georgia

The Browns traded up to get Jones, the second-rated safety on most boards. Getting him late in the second round seems like a steal since Jones was projected a late first- or high second-round pick. Jones may need a year to grow, but his tackling and coverage abilities make him a candidate to play either safety position.

Round 4/106 -- Luke McCown, QB, 6-3, 208, Louisiana Tech

Butch Davis recruited him to go to Miami and then watched him throw 72 passes for 418 yards against the Hurricanes as a true freshman. McCown probably got himself drafted by Davis that day. He'll start camp as the third quarterback, but with the brittle nature of Jeff Garcia and Kelly Holcomb it's possible McCown could play as a rookie.

Round 5/161 -- Amon Gordon, DT, 6-2, 302, Stanford

The Browns may have reached for this pick, but they said they didn't see an offensive lineman they liked so they went with Gordon. He has moved around quite a bit and has played defensive end and tackle. The Browns even worked him out at fullback.

Round 6/176 -- Kirk Chambers, OT, 6-7, 315, Stanford

An unheralded but reliable performer at Stanford, Chambers could be a good selection this late. Chambers started 45 games at left tackle in college and could be a dependable, steady performer in the pros.

Round 7/208 -- Adimchinobe Echemandu, RB, 5-10, 226, Cal

Faces a difficult challenge making the team since the Browns already have three running backs -- William Green, Lee Suggs and James Jackson. Echemandu's receiving abilities -- he started college as a receiver -- may be his best way to make the team.




 


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