Remember when running backs were important; when a dominant and explosive back was a key piece to building a great team? I do, but the Browns seem to have forgotten. They have failed to provide a franchise running back in over a decade. In the ‘99 draft when they took Tim Couch, it wasn't until 3 years later they finally drafted a high projected RB. However, in 4 consecutive years they drafted a receiver with a high second round pick. Their drafts have been erratic and have no direction and it seems that trend is going to continue because they want to draft a defensive end with their number 1 pick. The Browns play in a 3-4 defense and it is hard for a player to have a big impact at that position. By getting a big time back, this will help the growth of their young and talented offense plus it will help improve the defense by getting them more time off the field. Lewis is going to retire and they do not have a franchise back; they also play in the AFC North. However, there is hope because Mike Holmgren, the new czar, knows how to draft and has a great eye for talent. He will make the Browns commit to their picks by getting the best players for their system and not simply the best players available. The key is to show them the draft really starts with the free agents you bring in. The Browns would be best served to look at picking up free agents such as: (OG) Max Jean-Giles, (RT) Jeremy Trueblood, (TE) L.J. Smith, (WR) Maurice Stovall, (NT) Ryan Pickett, (LB) Rashad Jeanty, and (ILB) Kirk Morrison.
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