2011 NFL Draft: Potential Day Two Targets for the Cleveland Browns

Sam TothContributor IIIApril 29, 2011

Clay Matthews IV?
Clay Matthews IV?Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

With the amount of wheeling and dealing the Browns pulled Thursday, I would be shocked if they only ended up picking at No. 37 and No. 59 on Friday.

Regardless, there will be plenty of talented players on the board in the second and third rounds at a variety of positions. Here is a brief preview of some players the Browns may target:


Defensive Ends

After trading out of the top 10 to eventually select defensive tackle Phil Taylor, it seems pretty apparent that the Browns targeted the defensive line among their top needs.

Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: His knee must have been worse than expected. A consensus top-3 pick before the injury, he may be worth the risk in Round 2.

Brooks Reed, Arizona: He looks exactly like Clay Matthews III. If he can play half as well, he'd be a steal.

Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh: Raw, physical talent. Do the Browns have time to develop him?

Justin Houston, Georgia: The OLB from Georgia can rush the passer. Many project him as a DE at the next level.


Defensive Tackle

I doubt they take another defensive tackle after using their first round pick on Phil Taylor. But hey, who knows.

Marvin Austin, North Carolina: A first-round talent that has fallen due to character concerns and missing a full season. No one denies his potential.

Stephen Paea, Oregon State: This bench press champion has unmatched strength.


Wide Receiver

This is arguably the Browns' biggest need outside of defensive end, and the second round has been a melting pot lately of producing successful NFL receivers.

Titus Young, Boise State: Not the fastest, but maybe the quickest receiver in the draft. Dynamic return man. Ability to make plays after the catch could make him a perfect fit in the West Coast Offense. A poor man's Desean Jackson is still a great receiver.

Leonard Hankerson, Miami: Hankerson has the size (6'2", 210 lbs, 10" hands), speed (4.4 40) and production (broke Michael Irving's touchdown record) anyone could look for in a receiver.

Greg Little, North Carolina: Nicknamed "The Freak," he is 6'3", 230 pounds and runs a 4.5 40. Loads of potential.


Defensive Backs

Sheldon Brown is getting older, no one knows what happened to Eric Wright and Joe Haden could use a partner in crime.

Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: Harris was rumored to be looked at as high as No. 13 to the Lions. Very talented cover corner.

Aaron Williams, S/CB, Texas: Another player that was projected to go in the late first, Williams is listed as both a safety or a corner—depending on the scouting service. The thing is, the Browns could use both.

Rahim Moore, S, UCLA: Widely regarded as the best ball-hawking safety in the draft, Moore would provide the Browns with an excellent tag-team alongside strong safety T.J. Ward.

DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson : Shout out to Ten Cent Beers writer Tony Z. This has been his favorite mid-round defensive back since the beginning of the season. He watched almost every Clemson game this year (for reasons unbeknown) and said that McDaniel seemed to jumped off the screen each game. I trust his judgement.  


This position is probably not a top five need for the Browns with Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong and D'Qwell Jackson on the roster, but its still an area that could be improved if a player with a high value falls.

Akeem Ayers, UCLA: Many were surprised to see him fall to the second round. Ayers would be a great value pick.

Bruce Carter, North Carolina: Another Tarheel that screams potential.


Offensive Line

The left tackle, left guard and center positions are in order for the Browns. The right side? Not so much. All of the sure-fire tackles have been drafted, but the Browns need to draft an offensive linemen develop at some point in this draft.

Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova: One of the more highly touted smaller-program prospects out there, Ijalana could play OT or OG at the next level.

Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida: At 6'7" and 317 pounds, he is a mountain of a man and one of Bill Parcell's favorite offensive linemen in the draft. Good enough for me.

Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Penn State: A mauler that could play anywhere on the interior of the line. Smart player—both on the field and off—and seems like he should pick up the complexities of any offense.


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