The Cleveland Browns' Perfect 2010 Draft and More
Entering the 2010 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns will no doubt be drafting in the top three. With so many needs, can they fill them all?
With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Browns select Ndamukong Suh, defensive lineman out of Nebraska.
With a 3-4 defensive scheme and Sean Rogers already clogging up the middle of the Browns line, Suh would become a defensive end. With Rogers in the middle and Suh on the end, the opposing O-lines will need to double-team two of the three D-lineman.
This would leave the third D-lineman and the fifth O-lineman to battle it out one-on-one. With three D-lineman demanding five O-lineman, the Browns four linebackers will be free to blitz as they wish.
This would force opposing offenses to leave in a tight end or fullback to block, limiting the amount of receivers making coverage a lot easier on the Browns.
If they use more blockers, then there are less receivers. If they don't use additional blockers, then the Browns can blitz with no regret whatsoever. Picking Suh is a no-brainer.
With the 33rd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Browns select Jermaine Gresham, tight end out of Oklahoma.
It is no secret that Quinn loves a tight end who can catch a ball. During his games last season, Kellen Winslow Jr. was a consistent target of his. The tight ends to play for the Browns are also consistent targets of Quinn's.
Quinn's tight end targets:
Robert Royal- 7 REC, 87 YDS, 1 TD
Evan Moore- 6 REC, 80 YDS, 0 TD
Steve Heiden- 3 REC, 23 YDS, 0 TD
Greg Estandia- 2 REC, 35 YDS, 0 TD
Michael Gaines- 2 REC, 5 YDS, 1 TD
So in Quinn's eight games, out of 120 completions, 20 have gone two tight ends. Two of his eight touchdowns have been to tight ends. All these stats without a specific tight end. If Quinn had a tight end he practiced consistently with, the numbers could be great.
Exactly why the Browns should draft Gresham? Not only is he a receiving tight end, he can block as well. He is a well-rounded tight end capable of everything a tight end can be. He helps the running game and the passing game.
He can be Quinn's safeguard receiver whenever he can't find an open target. Who is going to be able to cover a 6'6" 260 pound tight end who is probably as fast or faster than they are? Nobody!
He will be better than Kellen Winslow and could help the Browns struggling and desperate offense so much. And don't forget he would be a beastly red zone target.
With the 65th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Browns select Kyle Wilson, deep back out of Boise State.
With the Browns in major need of help in the secondary and Josh Cribbs having issues (I've heard rumors he still wants a new contract), Wilson is a safe pick. Not only would he help the secondary, he is an amazing special teams player.
He was a second-team all-conference punt returner and was named Boise State's co-Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also a defensive juggernaut this year for Boise State. Easiest pick the Browns could make here.
With the 80th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Browns select Kyle Calloway, offensive tackle out of Iowa (80th overall is a prediction for the Jets pick the Browns got in the Braylon Edwards trade).
The Browns offense needs help. They just drafted a possible franchise tight end in round two and now need to establish help on the line. John St. Clair is not worth starting at all.
The entire right side needs help, but we have possible stop gaps that the team can succeed with. Hank Fraley, Floyd Womack, and Rex Hadnot are all capable of starting and doing well at RG. Get St. Clair's replacement to help establish a strong overall line.
Calloway is big a 6'7" 315 pounds and should be strong for the Browns. The Browns line already has a great mix of youth and experience and adding Calloway would only help. Drafting three offensive lineman in four years is how you instill a great O-line (Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, next should be Calloway).
The one position the Browns should't go for in the draft is wide receiver. We just drafted Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie, and Chansi Stuckey has started to come around. Get a veteran free agent to start alongside Massaquoi.
The receiver I want the Browns to go after is Chris Chambers, currently a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. On the season, he has 28 receptions for 452 yards and four touchdowns (both for the Chargers and Chiefs).
He started the season with the Chargers but was claimed off of waivers by the Chiefs.
He is a native-born Clevelander and will be looking for a team after the season.
At the age of 31 and about to have his 11th season under his belt, he could jump on the opportunity to start for Cleveland.
He is an experienced veteran who is what the Browns need to help out their young and inexperienced receivers. He is smaller and fast, the perfect opposite to Massaquoi. They can both take pressure off of one another.
Stuckey and Robiskie as backups gives us depth at the position as well. Add a tight end in Gresham and a RT to help the line, Quinn can operate an offense efficiently.
Draft Suh, Gresham, Wilson, and Calloway (and hopefully get some steals in the later rounds). Sign Chambers, and if possible, also get a good RG and safety in free agency. This team would be so much closer to contention if they did this.
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