Reviewing the Draft: Cleveland Browns

It looks as though the Cleveland Browns excited their fans with this years draft class. Through an aggressive trade in round one and some shrewd choices in later frames the Browns added potential talent to their starting ranks. They also got a few developmental players for the future including a young quarterback prospect. 

The Browns followed in the footsteps of the Giants by trading up in grand style.  Cleveland gave up their second round selection to move up one spot and select Kellen Winslow.  Winslow is an explosive tight end that immediately gives the Browns and new quarterback Jeff Garcia an instant difference maker in the middle of the field.  Winslow and Davis know each other well from Coral Gables and this should be a good match for both parties.  While the team could be criticized for the premium they paid, it's difficult to fault them for landing the player they targeted. 

Sean Jones, the Browns second round selection, should start immediately for a team that desperately needs impact defenders.  Jones is a giant among safeties and he plays both the run and the pass well.  It would not be a surprise if Jones is starting on opening day for Cleveland. 

Luke McCown may turn out to be one of the best second day selections in this draft.  McCown, an athletic quarterback, is the younger brother of Josh McCown, Arizona's starter.  While he lacks the big arm, McCown does possess accuracy and mobility.  Jeff Garcia is a perfect mentor for McCown to sit behind for a few years.  

The Browns selected a pair of Stanford offensive linemen with their next two selections.  Amon Gordon is an athletic defensive tackle that could be a contributor in a rotational system.  

Kirk Chambers, meanwhile, is a marginal athlete, that is a high effort and technically sound blocker.  While Chambers started at blind side tackle throughout his college days he will likely be a third tackle or a strong side backup for the Browns. 

Adimchinobe Echemandu is an overaged running back that could earn a spot as a third tailback.  Echemandu could find a home in Cleveland should they use a rotational system at running back.  Given the legal troubles of William Green taking a running back at some point was a given.

Despite trading away one of their premium selections the Browns brought in enough talent to appease the Dawg Pound.  Winslow and Jones give the team two instant starters while their second day selections could include a  starting quarterback for the future.  While all of these players should make the final roster this draft will be centered on the Winslow pick.

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