Dane Sanzenbacher: Could Former Buckeye Wideout be the Next Brian Brennan?

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Dane Sanzenbacher: Could Former Buckeye Wideout be the Next Brian Brennan?
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With the NFL draft less than two weeks away, there has been much speculation as to who the Cleveland Browns will select with the sixth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. 

The names being thrown out most often include AJ Green of Georgia, Patrick Peterson of LSU, Robert Quinn of North Carolina, and Julio Jones of Alabama. 

Nevertheless, despite all the chatter surrounding Cleveland's first round pick, they are not tipping their hand just yetas is par for the course with this organization.

Yet despite all the fuss about the Browns' first, second, and even third round picks, Cleveland has the opportunity to get a diamond in the rough in the later rounds.  As a matter of fact, this player might even still be available when the Browns are up in the seventh round. 

He is former Ohio State flanker Dane Sanzenbacher.

Sanzenbacher, a native of northwest Ohio (Toledo), was the leading receiver for Ohio State last season, but he more than likely will be a late round pick due to questions about his size. 

I have had the good fortune to witness the explosiveness and hands of this kid in person, though, and he reminds me of a former Cleveland great: Brian Brennan.

Sure, the offense the Browns will run next season will not resemble anything like the one that Brennan played in the height of his career.  And, yes, if you want to get technical about it this is not the same Browns organization (save for the name) as the one that Brennan was a part of.

Yet I still believe that Sanzenbacher, like Brennan before him, could be the perfect possession receiver for the Browns, even in their west coast offense. 

One of the things that stood out to me about Sanzenbacher at Ohio State was that he could not only catch the deep route, he was also ready to come back for the ball at a moment's notice. 

Does that remind you of someone else who perhaps wore brown and orange on Sundays?

Whichever direction the Browns decide to go next season, there should be a fierce competition to land a spot on the receiver depth chart.  But from what I know about Sanzenbacher, all he needs is a chance. 

A chance to be the next Brian Brennan.

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