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Robert Quinn did not play in the 2010 college football season
Option No. 1: Robert Quinn (DE)
Option No. 2: Julio Jones (WR)
When the 2010 football season ended and the draft season started I stated I wouldn't dare draft Robert Quinn if I were the Browns. It's safe to say I've done a complete 180. Robert Quinn, as everyone knows by now, was suspended last season for accepting improper benefits from an agent. Yet the season before Quinn had 19 tackles for loss with 11 sacks as a sophomore for the Tar Heels. Quinn has elite athleticism and would've been considered for the No. 1 overall pick had he played last season.
The Browns are switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 alignment under Dick Jauron. In a 3-4 the most important position on the defense is the linebackers but in a 4-3, it's the defensive lineman. This is a problem for the Browns because they have almost nothing at the position. The Browns absolutely cannot leave the draft without drafting someone to rush the quarterback.
So why not use their top pick on the position?
Quinn may be the best player in this draft class, and he happens to play the position of the Browns biggest need. I originally thought he wouldn't be worth the risk but now that I've had time to second guess myself, I've changed my mind. He has everything you look for in the position and, despite the suspension, is a high character guy. Browns GM Tom Heckert said to Cleveland media that he doesn't think the suspension is that big of a deal and wont affect him in the long run.
It also seems as if AJ Green will most certainly be gone and the Browns will definitely take the best player available on their board.