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Kendall Wright Baylor
Ah wide receiver, the position with the most overpaid players (Calvin Johnson, any team that had T.O.). This is also the position that Tom Heckert said was not a position of need last year because the West Coast Offense would fix everything.
The Browns drafted Greg Little late in the second round and he proved to most that he is an NFL-caliber receiver, but he also showed that he is very raw, from being suspended the year before and having only one year of receiver experience in college.
The one cliche that ESPN has pushed into the minds of every NFL fan is that this is a passing league and that you must have a top-five quarterback and the best receiving corps in the league if you want to win (except it did not go well for Green Bay and the Saints). So with the Browns only having one possible receiver and about five backups, we need to add at least one Pro Bowl receiver and one that will fit well in the third slot.
Here below are possible choices for receivers for each pick in the first five rounds.
|Rd 1 Pick 4 ||Justin Blackmon
|Rd 1 Pick 22 ||Kendall Wright
Rd 2 Pick 37
|Rd 3 Pick 68 ||Marvin Jones
|Rd 4 Pick 100 ||Nick Toon
|Rd 4 Pick 118 ||Joe Adams
|Rd 5 Pick 131 ||Marquis Maze
Looking at this list, Justin Blackmon has been a popular choice for mock drafters recently, since Washington traded up. Looking at the next two, I think that Kendall Wright is the better receiver, and showed this with his improved speed at his pro day. Either way, if we do not take Blackmon at No. 4, we should be looking at both of these players in the next two picks.
Going farther down in picks, we start to get into more uncertainty. The one player that I really like is Nick Toon, who played very well for the Wisconsin Badgers this year with 64 receptions, 926 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011. He has a huge frame for a receiver and a surprisingly fast speed for someone of his size with a sub-4.5 speed. Nick Toon could be a steal in the fourth round, but don't be surprised if he is taken as early as our third-round pick.