NFL Draft 2011: Who Are the Cleveland Browns Targeting in Round 2?
The Cleveland Browns came out of the first day of the 2011 NFL Draft with two additional picks and a monster of a defensive tackle in Phil Taylor. Cleveland also emerged from all the madness with two additional picks in the 2012 Draft. They enter day two with two picks in Round 2, looking to build on the success they enjoyed in Round 1.
Two players seem to be on the top of the list for the Browns on Friday. Da'Quan Bowers and Leonard Hankerson are both available and both would fulfill significant needs on the Browns' current roster.
Bowers was originally listed as a Top 10 talent, but has suffered the biggest slide of any player so far due to concerns about the strength of his right knee. Browns general manager Tom Heckert stated in his press conference on Thursday evening that he has no such worries however, and indicated that Cleveland is very interested in the former Clemson standout.
Hankerson is a strong wide receiver and has been compared to players like Andre Johnson and Terrell Owens; he has all of the tools needed to be a successful player at the next level. Hankerson has a good frame as he stands 6'1", weighs over 200 pounds and is not afraid to be physical in the secondary.
The Browns have a need at both of these positions and would improve significantly with either selection.
Torrey Smith of Maryland may also be on the Browns' radar as he enters Round 2 as the No. 2 overall receiver remaining on the board. He was a three-year starter for the Terps and collected well over 2,000 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns.
The second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft begins tonight at 6 PM ET.
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