Round Two of the Cleveland Browns Draft
Coming off a solid first round, successfully turning one draft pick into a seven-player pickup, what was up the sleeves of the Cleveland Browns in Round 2?
Having filled the holes in the defensive end slot (Coleman), the strong safety position (Elam), and our weakness in the middle of the offensive line (Mack), it should have come as no surprise that we would focus our sights on the receiver core.
With both "star" receivers coming off disappointing 2008 seasons, one of them being a 2010 free agent, and the other looking at a lengthy jail sentence...who will take their places?
At No. 36 the Cleveland Browns select:
-WR Brian Robiskie, OSU
Overwhelmingly a hometown favorite, Brian was made for the Cleveland Browns. Robiskie grew up in Cleveland as a lifelong Browns fan, a former ball-boy for the team, and an Ohio State Buckeye. It couldn't make for a more perfect scenario.
Better yet, the man can catch. An Academic All-American who led his team in catches even with a freshman quarterback at the helm, he's been called the most polished receiver in the draft.
At No. 50, the Cleveland Browns select:
-WR Mohamed Massaquoi, Georgia
Massaquoi should be ready to start at the NFL level in his first season. While the common perception is he will likely be a No. 3 receiver, having some depth at the position is a blessing for the Browns.
Sticking with the theme of Mangini's vision, Mohamed is a smart player on and off the field, excelling in the classroom.
A favorite target of Matthew Stafford on the field, he completed 58 catches for 920 yards and eight TD's in his senior year.
At No. 52, the Cleveland Browns select:
-DE David Veikune, Hawaii
Although he's not well known, Veikune will make the transition to OLB and most likely start opposite of Wimbley in the Browns 3-4 defense.
At 6-foot-2 and 257 pounds, he posted impressive numbers despite a mediocre team. In 2008, he put up 73 tackles, nine sacks, and caused four fumbles.
The man has no quit in him and is always moving, great instincts, good quickness, and could really excel on a solid linebacker squad.
The draft isn't over by any means, having four more picks in the top 200, but I'm loving what I've seen so far out of the first two rounds.
Looks like Josh Cribbs won't have to do everything this season. Every pick has been a potential starter from day one, and I'm excited to see where it goes from here.
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