Draft Review: Cleveland Browns

The Phil Savage/Romeo Crennel regime is going full force and the tandem had their first opportunity to add players through the draft last month. With the third overall choice the Browns were again in a position to get one of the top rated players in a draft. With a slew of needs, the Browns were rumored to be involved in a series of trades which never came to fruition. 

Braylon Edwards was considered the best player in the draft by many and the Browns swiped him off the board with the third pick.  In adding the former University of Michigan star, the team finally secured a game breaking and game controlling receiver. Edwards should start immediately for the Browns and could be an impact player by his second year in the league. Learning along with Edwards will be Akron quarterback Charlie Frye, the teams third round selection. Many felt Frye would go early in the second round but a poor combine pushed him down draft boards . Frye remains in his home state and will be given time with the hopes he can take over the reigns of the franchise behind center. Brodney Pool, the team's second choice, will likely be an immediate starter at safety along with last years second round selection Sean Jones. Pool is a natural playmaker at free safety and was effective against both the run and the pass at Oklahoma. His cover skills are considered to be on a par with any safety that's come out of recent drafts.  Pool's college teammate, Antonio Perkins was selected in round four.  Perkins could see playing time as a nickel or dime back yet will almost certainly be called on as the teams return specialist, an area where he excelled at Oklahoma. Linebackers David McMillan and Nick Speegle, of Kansas and New Mexico respectively, will both have to earn their roster spots on special teams while they grow into the offense. McMillan was a defensive end in college while many thought Speegle would've been best at that position.  Both have the stature and physical skills to develop into outside linebackers in Crennel's 3-4 defense.  Virginia defensive lineman Andrew Hoffman has the mentality and playing style to be used at nose tackle.  He is a ferocious and explosive lineman in the middle.  Virginia Tech Hokie Jon Dunn offers the team a solid developmental prospect with a good upside.

The Browns went heavy in the undrafted free agent market and came away with a few gems.  If his shoulder ever gets back to full health Lance Moore is a perfect fit as a fourth receiver/return specialist.  Simon Fraser has potential as a back-up two-gap lineman for the Brown's defense.

Cleveland's first day was fantastic as they added two immediate starters and a potential starting quarterback. Their second day was not as impressive; they took many low ranked players who are basically projects, all along passing up higher graded players. Still, with the holes on Cleveland's roster many of these players will be wearing Browns uniforms this September.

Rd   Pick Player Pos School
1   3 (3)   Braylon Edwards    WR   Michigan  
2   2 (34)   Brodney Pool    S   Oklahoma  
3   3 (67)   Charlie Frye    QB   Akron  
4   2 (103)   Antonio Perkins    CB   Oklahoma  
5   3 (139)   David McMillan    DE   Kansas  
6   2 (176)   Nick Speegle   OLB   New Mexico  
6   29 (203)   Andrew Hoffman   DT   Virginia  
7   3 (217)   Jon Dunn   OT   Virginia Tech  

UDFA Signinigs: QB Lang Campbell, QB/WR Josh Cribbs, RB Tony Sutton, RB Chad Scott, WR Lance Moore, WR Bradley Chavez, WR Bill Flowers, WR Brandon Rideau, TE Paul Irons, OT Clint Stickdorn, DT Larry Burt, DT Ellery Moore, DE Simon Fraser, DE Kevin Carberry, DE J'vonne Parker, LB Eric Mahl, LB Kevin Harrison, DB James King,  DB Charles Boyd, DB Jamall Johnson, DB Justin Fraley

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