Round 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft is arguably one of Cleveland’s most productive drafts in history when evaluating it in terms of value. Heckert and Holmgren can now evaluate Round 2 and how to further improve this team.
Round 1 yielded Cleveland a run stuffing NT/DT in Phil Taylor, and a guy that while under the radar, provides Cleveland with some added stability in a position that was thin with the release of Shaun Rogers.
Taylor should provide Cleveland with a visually hideous, but effective DT duo while working in unison with Ahtyba Rubin. I’m officially starting the campaign to call them the “Gruesome Twosome!" All in favor?
If Taylor can get to Cleveland, get to work and really start trying to learn the position, there’s a chance that he could develop into Cleveland’s version of Haloti Ngata (Damn Phil Savage). And, if that happens, this will be heralded as one of the best defensive selections in years.
But, what does Cleveland do moving into Round 2?
The front seven is of critical importance, and I believe Cleveland will need to start looking for those who can pressure the QB. I think there are several options for Cleveland at this point. Let’s take a look at the three most likely candidates!