Draft Recap & Links: Browns Finish with Five

Fred Greetham recaps the Cleveland Browns draft, and we basically give up. Yep, there's no way we can fit links to all the stories on the draft on a single page. So here are a ton of links to more information from Scout and the OBR on the Browns 2008 draft class.

Beau Bell, LB, UNLV
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Martin Rucker, TE, Missouri
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Ahtyba Rubin, DT, Iowa State
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Browns Take Rubin, Hubbard in Round 6
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Paul Hubbard, WR, Wisconsin
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Alex Hall, OLB, St. Augustine
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Undrafted Free Agents
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BEREA - They started the draft with four picks.

They ended with five.

As a result of three trades the Browns ended up with two fourth-round picks, two sixth-round picks and a seventh-round pick. They chose an inside linebacker and two defensive linemen, a tight end and a wide receiver.

Phil Savage traded away the team's third- and fifth-round draft choices in 2009 for the extra fourth and sixth in this year's draft. 

The team's top two picks this year, Beau Bell and Martin Rucker, were grabbed via the first two trades, while wide receiver Paul Hubbard was added with the second pick in the sixth-round as the team gave up next year's fifth-round pick.

Savage said the team had four areas of need going into the draft and addressed three of them.

"We felt we were able to help three of the four areas of need but will monitor the corner position," Savage said. "We weren't able to address cornerback and will continue to monitor that situation."

Savage said Bell and Rucker were highly rated on the Browns draft board and feel both can make an impact this year.

"I think Beau Bell is one of those players who have an explosive way of playing the game," Crennel said. "We feel he will be able to make an immediate impact on special teams and will provide some depth for us at the inside linebacker position."

Crennel also likes the thought of putting Rucker on the field along with Kellen Winslow.

"It's always good to have two guys with that size going down the field," Crennel said. "That poses a problem for the defense."

Savage explained some of the thinking behind the acquisition of Hubbard in the sixth-round.

"We felt was a quality pick for us and Paul Hubbard had some injuries this year, but had some production his junior year," Savage said. "He's a bigger receiver and a player that can help us continue to play that elevated passing game. We felt Paul had a chance to develop into the role Joe Jurevicius has whenever Joe decides to retire."

Savage said the Browns will add 10-15 undrafted free agents to the roster along with several non-roster invitees to next weeks rookie minicamp.

"This is going to be a big, physical, good-looking group," Savage said. "We gave up a third- and fifth- next year, but we felt we put in so much time in Day Two this year that we felt we could get some players that would help us.

Overall, Savage is pleased with the team's roster.

"There are always some soft spots on your roster, but we feel the offensive and defensive lines are pretty solid and that's a good place to start," Savage said. "We feel we had a good start this weekend."

As is Crennel.

"We were able to get some picks that we think can help us."


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