Grading The Browns Draft

<b>Analysis:</b> In Braylon Edwards, the Cleveland Browns have added a playmaker from the wide receiver position that the team has lacked for some time.

Cleveland Browns
1 (3) Braylon Edwards; WR - Michigan
2 (34) Brodney Pool; S - Oklahoma
3 (67) Charlie Frye; QB -Akron
4 (103) Antonio Perkins; CB - Oklahoma
5 (139) David McMillan; DE - Kansas
6 (176) Nick Speegle; OLB - New Mexico
6 (203) Andrew Hoffman; DT - Virginia
7 (217) Jon Dunn; OT - Virginia Tech

Analysis: In Braylon Edwards, the Cleveland Browns have added a playmaker from the wide receiver position that the team has lacked for some time. The number-one player on the Browns draft board, Edwards immediately improves a Cleveland offense which struggled again in 2004 and should be the focal point in an offense which should improve greatly in the passing game.

Pool is a late first-round talent who has shown a nose for the football. While not being the fastest of defensive backs, he is consistent, makes few mental mistakes, and has shown the ability to play well in coverage, as well as help against the run. Pool will certainly add depth to the Browns defensive backfield and could start in the 2005 season.

Looking for a quarterback to lead the team in the future, Charlie Frye appears to be the choice. He pent hours with Browns personnel guru Phil Savage watching tape and was considered a favorite, along with Jason Campbell from Auburn to be selected by the Browns at some point on the draft's first-day. He had strong off-season workouts resulting in a significant increase in arm strength, which helped carry him to a higher level. Frye will have an opportunity to learn from veteran Trent Dilfer.

Grade: B+


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