2011 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns 7-Round Projection
The Brown's will ask a lot from McCoy this year.
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The Cleveland Browns enter year two of the Mike Holmgren regime with a few reasons to be hopeful.
Colt McCoy came along near the back end of the season and showed some flashes of potential. The running game was shockingly good, as well as Peyton Hillis run to being one of the best backs in football. This year they will have Montario Hardesty back from injury and it should only help the Brown’s running attack. The team had solid contribution from Ben Watson at tight end, however, he is aging and the Browns will certainly need to find someone to replace him with.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Browns are very hit-or-miss. The secondary is stronger than it has been, as Joe Haden should only get better. They will need to find some help at the safety position to go along with T.J. Ward, who is emerging as a great NFL safety. The biggest concern on defense is the defensive line. The Browns need a new tackle to replace Shaun Rogers and could use some quality pass rushers on the outside of the line.
The Browns have a pick in every round, and two in the sixth. Look for the Browns to address the defensive line early in the first three rounds, while still finding a receiving threat to give Colt McCoy.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 1 Results
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1.6 (6) Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
The best defensive end in the entire draft won’t make it past the sixth pick. The Browns need help on the defensive line in every position. They can’t afford to pass up on an athlete like Quinn, who at worst could be a starting linebacker for the Browns.
If there is one knock on Quinn, it’s that he lacks great instincts. The Browns will make it easy on him though, letting him chase the QB every down.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 2 Results
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2.5 (37) Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Browns could use a clear cut number one receiver, but will pass on A.J. Green and Julio Jones in the first round and have their choice of the second tier receivers.
Smith has the speed the offense lacks, providing that deep threat the Browns are missing.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 3 Results
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3.6 (70) Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
Jenkins is great value with a third round pick. Jenkins is bigger than your average defensive tackle, but uses it well against the run.
The knock on Jenkins is his pass rushing ability, but that's why the Browns went with Robert Quinn. The Browns will realize no other player possesses the ability and upside of Jenkins at this position.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 4 Results
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4.5 (102) Chris Hairston, OT, Clemson
Hairston is one of the strongest offensive tackles in the draft and plays with a chip on his shoulder, always having something to prove. That work ethic should only come out more when he is playing from behind in Cleveland. Pretty average in both run and pass protection, but Hairston has all the intangibles to be the Browns’ future right tackle.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 5 Results
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5.6 (137) Robert Sands, S, West Virginia
Sands had his issues producing on a regular basis while at WVU, but no one will argue his intangibles. Sands possesses great speed and has zero health concerns. Sands was a leader in the locker room and should bring a spark to a defense in need.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 6 Results
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6.3 (168) Nicholas Bellore, ILB, Central Michigan
Bellore has great instincts, and if he wasn’t a bit slow, he could have gone much higher than the sixth round. Bellore will certainly start his career on the bench, but playing behind an aging linebacking corps means he has a chance to make the team and be a real contributor.
6.5 (170) Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise St.
Another smart and hard working player that drops because he lacks the physical abilities to be a higher tier defensive end. Winterswyk earned his scholarship as a walk-on with Boise St., and he will have to posses the same work ethic to make this team as well.
NFL Draft Coverage: Cleveland Browns Round 7 Results
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7.45 (248) Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech
The Browns will have to add a quarterback as insurance for Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace.
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