Berea—With the team's wheeling and dealing over the weekend, the Cleveland Browns ended up adding 11 players to the roster. They drafted eight players and picked up three more via trade.
With their eight draft choices, the Browns balanced themselves with four offensive players and four defensive players. In the trade, they added two defenders and a quarterback. Overall, they added six players on defense and five on defense.
The Browns were heavy on offense in the draft on the first day adding a center and two wide receivers with their first three picks. They added an outside linebacker to finish the first day.
On day two, they added another outside linebacker, two cornerbacks and closed things off with a running back.
Here's a brief synopsis of each drafted player:
Rd. 1 (21st overall) – C Alex Mack (California). Considered the best center in the draft. Expected to immediately start at center or guard.
R d. 2 (36th overall—WR Brian Robiskie (Ohio State). Considered one of the most polished receivers in the draft and is expected to either start or be the third receiver.
Rd. 2 (50th overall)—WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Georgia). Is expected to compete for playing time and contribute as a rookie.
Rd. 2 (52nd overall)—OLB David Veikune (Hawaii). Being looked at to give pressure from the outside linebacker spot.
Rd. 4 (104th overall)—OLB Kaluka Maiava (USC). Versatile linebacker overshadowed by the big three at USC.
Rd. 6 (177th overall)—CB Don Carey (Norfolk State). Played at smaller school where he led the conference in interceptions with five interceptions.
Rd. 6 (191st overall)—CB Coye Francies (San Jose State). CB Projected by some to go as high as the second round. Browns hope to find a diamond in the rough like they did with Brandon McDonald in either Carey or Francies.
Rd. 6 (195th overall)—RB James Davis (Clemson). Rushed for 3,838 yards in his career for 10th best in ACC history.
And here's one for the traded players:
DE Kenyon Coleman—Expected to compete for starting job. Led the NFL in tackles for defensive ends in 2007.
S Abram Elam—Expected to start at safety opposite Brodney Pool. Browns tried to sign him during free agency, but he was restricted and the Jets matched the offer.
QB Brett Ratliff—Looked at as a depth quarterback who knows the system.