BEREA - The Browns started the day with a first-round pick and two second-round picks. They picked up another second-round pick and two additional sixth-round picks when the day was over. Throw in three players acquired in a trade and the Browns added seven players, including a potential of four to five starters for the 2009 season.
It wasn't as dramatic as two years ago when Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn and Eric Wright were added on draft day, but at the end of the day the Browns improved their team—at least that's what Eric Mangini and George Kokinis felt.
"It was a long day and we're excited with what we've done," Kokinis said. "We are excited we were able to end up with eight picks. I was really happy with the process that went through the draft room. We acquired some new Cleveland Browns today."
"I couldn't be happier with the way the process worked," Mangini said. "There were some bumps but they were few and far between."
After trading down three times in the first round, the Browns appear to have a new starter at center in Alex Mack. Brian Robiskie figures to start or see a lot of time at wide receiver with the departure of Joe Jurevicius and the uncertainty of Donte Stallworth in his legal troubles. The same could be said of Mohamed Massaquoi, who was drafted in the second round, as well. Not to mention the possibility of the departure of Braylon Edwards via trade.
"We really liked Alex and he's an outstanding center and should be here for a long time," Mangini said. "He plays with good feet and can drive in the run game. He has the ability to call the signals."
"Alex was our highest rated center on the board," Kokinis said. "He was the consensus on our board since February. He fits what we believe in and he has inside versatility that can play both center and guard."
"(Robiskie) is a well-schooled receiver," Kokinis said. "He knows how to get separation and how to run routes. We feel he is a well-trained receiver."
"Kenyon is a defensive end that we acquired from Dallas," Mangini said. "He's stout against the run and led the NFL in tackles for a defensive end two years ago.
"Elam is a person we targeted during free agency and made some big plays for us last year with the Jets."
Massaquoi was added in the second round with the 50th overall pick acquired in the trade of Kellen Winslow.
Massaquoi (6-1,210 pounds) comes from Georgia where he caught 58 passes for 920 yards and scored eight touchdowns last season. He caught 11 passes for 180 yards in the regular season finale against Georgia Tech.
"I'm just happy for the opportunity to get to Cleveland and pair up with Robiskie and get some wins," Massaquoi said. "I'm a guy who just brings his lunch pail to work every day and tries to make plays and get in the end zone."
Kokinis said Massaquoi was the best available player at the Browns turn.
"It was plain and simple, he was the best player available to us," he said. "We looked at Mohamed as a good route runner and a good blocker. He can play on the outside and on the inside."
They finished the day by adding linebacker David Veikune from Hawaii, who was acquired with the pick added from the Jets (52nd overall) in the deal that sent Mark Sanchez to the Jets. Veikune (6-3, 257 pounds) was born in Alaska and moved to Hawaii.
"I played defensive end and moved to linebacker," he said. "I had good meetings with the Browns coaches and feel good about the opportunity I have."
Veikune totaled 118 tackles with 18 sacks and 28 tackles for loss in his three year career at Hawaii. He had nine sacks in 2008.
"I was a player that was relentless and didn't take a play off" he said. "I did whatever I was asked to do and will continue to do that."
Veikune is the first defensive player the Browns drafted this year after going offense for the first three picks.
"David is a guy we did a lot of homework on," Kokinis said. "He has a high motor and has a lot of versatility with size and intelligence that we like."
Mangini said there had been discussions with the Jets about the possibility of the trade of Mark Sanchez to the Jets.
"A trade has to work for everybody," he said. "We had talked prior to the draft and George got the details worked out today."
In other news, Mangini said he has set down with Braylon Edwards and had a good talk with him. Kokinis said that a trade of Edwards was not discussed during the draft and he doesn't foresee trading him.
"Braylon and I talked about all the rumors," Mangini said.