Aaron Curry Isn't the Only Option: Browns Draft Preview

Mark GoodmanContributor IApril 8, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23:  Linebacker Aaron Curry of Wake Forest runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

With more theories than John Clayton and Chris Mortenson can dream up, the Cleveland Browns are now in a position to once again shock the world at the NFL Draft.

In 2007, the Browns made headlines by trading up to take Brady Quinn with the 22nd pick (via the Dallas Cowboys).  Now they are once again in position to turn some heads. 

There are many different views on what the Browns' main needs actually are.  The list is long—and thankfully there is also a long list of candidates for the Browns at No. 5.

Most wishlists and mock drafts have Aaron Curry as the best pick for any team with defensive needs.  The Browns are most certainly in need defensively.  The problem with this is that there are other teams ahead of the Browns that need Curry as well.

So, where do we go from here?  What happens if the coveted Mr. Curry is taken before the Browns can jump on him?

Here is a list of priorities the Browns must consider:

  1. OLB (Clay Matthews would be my nostalgic pick, but chances are good you will see Brian Orakpo taken.)
  2. WR (Darrius Heyward-Bey or Brian Robiskie are going to be the most solid picks for a team that lost Joe Jurevicius and most likely Donte Stallworth.)
  3. CB (With Alphonso Smith coming from the same defense as the coveted Aaron Curry, he could prove to be a valuable pick.)
  4. S (Patrick Chung would be the ultimate replacement for Sean Jones, who recently left for the Eagles.)
  5. RB (LeSean McCoy showed some bursts of potential while at Pitt. I would look for the Browns to target an RB in the first round of the 2010 Draft.)