Cleveland Browns: Post Draft Priorities

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Cleveland Browns: Post Draft Priorities
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So the picks are in. Whatever opinions you have on the draft picks, they are what they are. Positions have been filled and some needs addressed. But there is still work to be done.

1. Re-Sign Restricted Free Agents

SS Abram Elam, OLB Matt Roth, FB Lawrence Vickers, RB Jerome Harrison. Without these players, Cleveland will have large holes in their defense and an unsettled backfield behind Jake Delhomme.

2. Do Something With Shaun Rogers

Pull the trigger already. Trade him, cut him, make a decision. If Atybah Rubin is the man, then get something for Rogers before he gets locked up or stop paying him money.

3. Free Agency

Rebuild the defensive line. The most glaring problem is the defensive line and pass rush. I would make a run at Elvis Dumervil as Denver used up draft picks to go up and get Tim Tebow. He would be a game-changing acquisition, albeit an expensive one.

WR/S Mike Furry should be re-signed to provide depth on both sides of the ball. A wide receiver is also needed to run routes in the West Coast offense.

Currently, there are no precision route runners on the team and few in free agency.  This may require a trade.

Late round draft picks have added value but will be projects that will not impact the above needs in the immediate future.

Fifth Round

Only one pick remained after Cleveland moved up to get Montario Hardesty.  With that they took Nebraska strong safety Larry Asante. 

6'0" 212 lbs., has adequate speed (4.62 - 40) has a habit of getting behind in coverage.  Better in run support.  Needs to improve his strength but a solid tackler.

Sixth Round

Clifton Geathers of South Carolina is a big strong defensive end at 6'8" and 300 lbs.  He has inconsistencies in pursuit and needs work on technique.

Carlton Mitchell is a big wide receiver with good speed.  At 6'3" and 215 lbs., Mitchell has good hips for a big receiver but needs to refine his route running.  Better in short yardage routes so could be useful in the West Coast offense.

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