Cleveland Browns Final Draft Report Card

With no projected starters coming out of the 2008 draft, I'd say there is some serious trouble ahead for the Browns. Nose tackle Ahtyba Rubin (6), OLB Alex Hall (7) and the injured LB Beau Bell (4) should factor along with WR Paul Hubbard (6)receiver only tight end prospect Martin Rucker (4),

Cleveland Browns Grade - C+ NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
21 1 Mack, Alex OC California 6037v 311v 5.24v 1.192
36 2 Robiskie, Brian WR Ohio St 6027v 209v 4.49v 1.184
50 2 Massaquoi, Mohamed WR Georgia 6014v 210v 4.59v 1.451
52 2 Veikune, David OB Hawaii 6023v 257v 4.84v 1.252
104 4 Maiava, Kaluka OB USC 5114v 229v 4.74v 1.633
177 6 Carey, Don DC Norfolk St 5112v 192v 4.54v 1.800
191 6 Francies, Coye DC San Jose St 6003v 181v 4.68v 1.800
195 6 Davis, James RB Clemson 5110v 218v 4.58v 1.360

Alex Mack is a very physical, strong and tough individual on the inside. He's just an adequate athlete who I felt was on the ground far too frequently, but he's strong as train smoke and tough as a two dollar steak. He showed a tendency to play over his pads, but in a limited area, he is a big finisher. Although he is not a flashy, nifty guy, Brian Robiskie is a big, well schooled receiver who ran precise routes. caught clean and advanced the football. In a perfect world, I would say he is best suited to line up as an inside receiver in a queens (three receivers) list, but I don't see any reason why he can't develop into a steady number two receiver. I like thi splayer, but I didn't think he was very physucal in a crowd. Mohamed Massaquoi the Browns' second number two selection came to Georgia amid much fanfare, but really did not come close to realizing his enormous potential until his senior season. He's a rocked up athlete with an explosive stride (looks like a quarter miler). I was a little disappointed in his timed speed at his school workout, but not with his play speed or his ability to run in his pads. I felt he was exceptional at tracking the football, positioning and shielding the football from defenders. His hands appeared to be at best adequate. I thought he tended to cradle far too many seemingly routine throws and I just don't think he is a totally confident catcher. After the catch he showed good strength (can run through secured tackles), but he didn't really show much in the way of instincts. The Browns followed the selection of two much needed receivers with the selection with two much needed backers. Both are productive, tough and showed good playing instincts. Veikune in particular has a chance to become a solid outside rusher. Don Carey the first of two corners drafted by the Browns (I see a trend here) was a four year starter who showed good body quickness body balance and feet. That being said, I thought his pedal was awkward (consistently too tall) and needs a great deal of work in jam coverage (don't like his jam technique). Ultimately I don't believe Carey's transformation from small college football star to the NFL is going to be an easy, he didn't run ran particularly well at his pro workout and is not a returner, but he does have some natural gifts which should see him through the process. Coye Francies has excellent size and good position skills, but his speed is suspect and there are some social issues that need to be considered. Final selection James Davis, looked like the real deal as a true freshman back in 2005 and has the skills to help this football club at a critical need position. You can throw out the 2008 season (played most of the season with a knocked down shoulder), but I'm still a little concerned with his vision and running instincts.

BEST IN 3 YEARS: Brian Robiskie
OVERRATED: Coye Francies
UNDERRATED: Brian Robiskie
PROJECT: Don Carey
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Graham Harrell (QB)
HUH?: Coye Francies

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