The Cleveland Browns have one of the most intriguing picks in the entire 2011 NFL Draft and many fans are still unsure of who they would like to see in the brown and orange next season. ESPN Analysts John Clayton and Mel Kiper weighed in on the the Browns' sixth overall pick this week in articles posted on ESPN.com.
According to John Clayton, Mike Holmgren is an offensive minded coach who knows what the Browns need to be successful next season. Clayton said "Knowing Mike Holmgren, I think he'd draft offense. If Green is there, he'll take him."
Mel Kiper also agreed that Cleveland would take a wide receiver with the pick, but Kiper prefers Alabama's Julio Jones instead of A.J. Green. According to Kiper "His (Jones') size and speed combination is the best in the draft at the position, and his development as a wideout over the past year shows a determination and work ethic that will be loved by the coaching staff. The Browns need a true No. 1 at wide receiver, and if healthy, Jones can be that guy."
Many Cleveland fans would enjoy having either one of these players on the roster as Cleveland struggled with their passing offense for the second straight season. The Browns finished 29th in the league in passing while surrendering six more touchdowns than they scored in 2010.
Green missed the first four games of 2010 but still managed to put up some of the best numbers in the nation at his position. Green recorded 57 receptions in 2010 for 848 yards and nine touchdowns.
On the other hand, Jones saw a full season of action as he appeared in every game for Alabama and recorded 78 receptions for 1,133 yards and seven touchdowns.
A.J. Green has a scheduled visit with the Browns beginning on April 13th and extending into the later part of the week. Cleveland is also scheduled to meet with North Carolina's Robert Quinn and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers before the draft on April 28th.