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2010 NFL Draft: Cleveland's Mike Holmgren Identifies Need for Speed

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Wide receiver Jacoby Ford of Clemson runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Richard BairdContributor IIMarch 24, 2010

In his most recent press conference, Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren addressed many issues. He discussed the quarterback situation and why he traded Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley. He also talked about the need for speed at the wide receiver position.

Holmgren said he likes Massaquoi and Robiskie, and he believes they can develop into solid NFL players. He did not, however, downplay the team's need for help at the wide receiver position.

He specifically said that the Browns need to add speed at the wideout position.

Here's a look at some prospects the Browns may be targeting in this April's draft:

 

 

Arrelious Benn

 

Benn did not run at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he showed scouts and coaches that he possesses all the elite measurables and speed at the Illinois pro day. Benn ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds and put up elite numbers in the other drills, as well.

Benn cemented his status as a first-round pick with his excellent numbers.

 

 

Golden Tate

 

Tate surprised people with his excellent numbers at the combine (4.42 40-yard dash). At Notre Dame, Tate was known as a gamer who competed for every ball thrown. He's also excellent at gaining yards after the catch. He projects as a slot receiver or a No. 2 receiver in the NFL.

Tate is expected to be a late first- or early second-round pick.

 

 

Jacoby Ford

 

Jacoby Ford ran the fastest official 40-yard dash time at this year's combine at 4.28 seconds. The Browns took notice, and receivers coach George McDonald gave Ford an extra workout after the regular session.

Ford had an excellent Senior Bowl, and while his game speed is not as fast as his track speed, he has the ability to separate at the next level. However, he lacks polish in his routes and needs work catching the ball away from his frame.

Ford projects as a late second- or third-round selection.

 

 

Taylor Price

 

Price lacks the productive numbers to be drafted in the first round, but most scouts believe that this is due to offensive scheme rather than talent. Price has had an excellent predraft season and displayed his physical abilities at the combine.

Price projects anywhere from the late second round to the fourth round.

 

 

Andre Roberts

 

Roberts may not have competed against the top competition at The Citadel, but he did dominate. He has the physical measurables and speed to contribute at the next level. He had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and cemented his third- to fourth-round standing with an excellent combine showing.

 

Notable exceptions: Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have not run for scouts. Jordan Shipley and Riley Cooper are on the outside looking in because of lack of top-end speed.

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