Adkins: Post-Camp Rookie Notes

How are the rookies really coming along? Lane Adkins offers his insight following the team's OTAs and June mini-camp...

-- Undrafted rookie WR Johnathan Haggerty has been extremely productive in OTA and mini-camp settings. Very athletic and lean, Haggerty has impressed in his ability to get off the line of scrimmage, extend for passes, and his ability to elevate above defensive backs in coverage. Basically a tryout player a mere six weeks ago, Haggerty is now viewed as a young player battling for a roster spot.

-- With RB Jerome Harrison returning to the team late in the OTA sessions, it was assumed rookie RB Montario Hardesty would lose some quality reps with the first and second team offensive units. Quite the contrary - Hardesty remained a fixture with the units and has performed well. All indications are the coaching staff will let the competition in the backfield play itself out -- and the consensus is Hardesty could very well be the starter. Let's remember, it's early and the true hitting has yet to begin, which could change the complexion of the race to be the Browns starting running back.

-- As the OTA sessions were moving along, head coach Eric Mangini noted he would be against having two rookie safeties starting in the 2010 season. While T.J. Ward and Larry Asante have impressed, they are still rookies and will face numerous challenges in training camp. The most likely scenario is Ward and either Abe Elam or Mike Adams starting opposite him... but it would not be a huge surprise to see the rookie DBs making noise in the Browns defensive backfield.

-- Heading into the off-season, the Browns sought size and more of a big-play dynamic at the WR position. The Browns didn't feel that the right prospect was available to them in the draft, so they chose a player in need of further development - but with a high ceiling. Carlton Mitchell was on the Browns radar for months and the team kept their desire under wraps (other than having it leak out via theOBR). Throughout the OTA and mini-camp sessions, Mitchell has been inconsistent, but has shown flashes of excellence. While Mitchell is not a raw product, he requires time, patience and development to succeed at this level.

-- OL Shaun Lauvao looks the part. He works like a veteran, absorbs coaching, and produces. The rookie has both good feet and good physical size and strength. Lauvao has been very solid, and perhaps better, in OTA and mini-camp sessions. If this translates to the practice field with the pads on, the starting guards on the Browns' roster better take note.

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