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2010 NFL Combine: Cleveland Browns, Beware of Rolando McClain and Brandon Spikes

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Rolando McClain #25 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2010

Cleveland Browns fans here in the Bleacher Report community have been debating which linebacker would be a good addition to the middle of the Browns' defense and overwhelmingly, the two names that have come up more than any others are Alabama's Rolando McClain and Florida's Brandon Spikes.

Browns fans beware of both of these players!

Neither decided to fully participate in the NFL Scouting Combine's events and drills, which should be a red flag.

McClain sited an injury at the last minute but that was still in question and Spikes' reasons are unknown.

Regardless of how well they may or may not perform at their individual pro day workouts, not fully participating in the Combine should put question marks next to their names on the draft board.

Some say the 6'3" and 254 lbs McClain would be a good choice in the first round at the Browns No. 7 pick if both Eric Berry and Joe Haden are not the answer and/or available.

There are some questions surrounding him, and spending a top 10 pick on a linebacker who does not fully partake in Indianapolis seems like even more of a reach than it did before the Combine especially due to the amount of money that would have to be invested in him being picked that high.

Other Bleacher Report community members have said that Spikes, who is 6' 2" and 249 lbs, would also be a good pick if he can fall to the Browns in the second round. There are too many questions surrounding him as well, and he seems to continue the trend of shying away from putting his skills to the test.

Spikes' range and speed are his biggest question marks.

Both of these players could be the right pick if the Browns were selecting later in each of the first two rounds, but the risk may be too high to use their current picks on either of these players.

On the flip-side of this situation, there were many question marks surrounding linebacker Rey Maualuga and he too dropped in the 2009 NFL Draft, but then proceeded to perform at a very high level for the Bengals.

The Browns took a lot of heat for passing on Maualuga because of character issues which have resurfaced this offseason, but the point is, sometimes a linebacker may fall or have many question marks even though he can still make the plays on the field.

Both McClain and Spikes pose a risk right now and there's always the chance these feelings could clear up before April's draft.

But at the same time, the Browns should just start looking at a few other names instead of just these two.

 

(Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scout Combine for Bleacher Report.)

 

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