There are four critical needs on the Browns team where I want to see veterans rather than rookies brought in to start. Those positions are RT, WR, FS and DE. In the next few days I will preview the guys
I think would help the team most and the guys in which the Browns will be most likely interested. Unfortunately, those two lists will not always agree.
The history of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert indicates that they prefer to draft players rather than sign UFAs. But this year the need at WR for the Browns might require both a rookie and a veteran to be added to the roster.
The 2012 group of WRs is thin at the top. While they need to draft one rookie, they need to sign at least one veteran as well.
On my draft board Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State is rated lower than either AJ Green or Julius Jones from last year’s draft. Blackmon will likely run a 4.5 40, while both Green and Jones were under 4.44.
Blackmon will still likely be the first WR taken in the draft. Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) and Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) have seen their stock fall in part because they will probably run a 4.55 in the 40.
This is my list of veteran free-agent wide receivers for 2012: