The NFL Draft is quickly approaching and, unlike most years, the forecast for this draft continues to get cloudier. In most cases there are a few draft-day trades that shake up the first round, but the fallout of the CBA bargaining will surely reduce the chances of round one trades this years.
Both the Browns and Bengals have been rumored to be looking in to moving down in the draft, something that will be much harder to do this year. The NFL rumor mill has been hot this offseason and the AFC North is right in the middle of the commotion.
Browns To Go Defense in Round 1
It wouldn't shock anyone if the Browns went after a defensive lineman with their first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. There are holes to be filled at defensive tackle and defensive end, as well as a few other positions on the defense.
The Browns will certainly have their pick of the elite group of incoming rookies, but there is one name in particular they hope will fall to the sixth overall selection. That rookie is Von Miller.
The Browns' linebacking corps is aging and could certainly use the shot of energy, and the Browns allegedly were wowed by Miller. It is a long shot that Miller makes it to the Browns at No. 6, but if he does I wouldn't be surprised to see Miller wearing Brown in 2011.
Browns To Select a Wide Receiver...in Round 2
At first glance, the Browns receiving corps is very uninteresting. They have some skill in Josh Cribbs and upside in Mohammed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie. There is a lack of a speed on this offense, however.
Some feel that the Browns lacking a clear-cut No. 1 receiver hints that they will use a first round pick on the position, but the Browns have been interviewing a few different second-tier receivers in this year's draft class, leading me to believe they will wait on the position.
Both Leonard Hankerson and Jerrel Jernigan have been linked to the Browns in the second round, when there should be a few receivers taken. I honestly feel that Jernigan has the best chance to be drafted by the Browns because he possesses that speed the Browns offense is missing.
If Mike Holmgren's Draft History Has Taught Us Anything...
If Holmgren's draft history has told us anything, its that the Browns won't take a receiver in the first round. Mike Holmgren was the head coach for Green Bay for seven seasons, then head coach in Seattle for 10 seasons and then one more as GM for the Browns. That makes 18 drafts in which Mike Holmgren has selected a team's first overall selection.
In that timeframe, Holmgren has drafted only two receiving targets: Koren Robinson, WR, and Jeremy Stevens, TE. Neither worked out, so how does Holmgren gauge first-round value? Last year marked the sixth time Holmgren selected a defensive back in the first round (Joe Haden). He has also gone after the defensive line four times, and on five occasions selected offensive lineman.