NFL Draft 2011: Cleveland Browns Find Weapon for Colt McCoy in Greg Little

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 29, 2011

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 27:  Wide receiver Greg Little #8 of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels during the ACC game at the Groves Stadium, on October 27, 2007 in Winston Salem,North Carolina.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns have struggled to be a consistent offensive threat over the course of the last several seasons. However, that may change in 2011 as Cleveland has acquired Greg Little with their second selection of the second day in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Little was one of four players who were forced to sit out the entire 2010 season for the North Carolina Tar Heels but still possesses all the skills needed to become an impact player in the NFL.

Throughout his career at North Carolina, Little only recorded 89 receptions but had a breakout year in 2009 where he led the team in receptions and touchdowns, despite not having much experience.

In his final season in 2009, Little recorded 62 receptions for over 700 yards and five touchdowns.

Little will likely become a first or second receiving option for the Browns early in his career as Cleveland continues to suffer from a lack of depth at the position.

The Browns will also be switching their offense to a West Coast system in 2011 which will put a stronger emphasis on the receiving corps and rely on their ability to make plays.

Little is a physical receiver and has a very large frame compared to many other players at his position. According to, Little weighs in over 230 pounds and stands at 6-foot-2.

The Browns will likely use little in all of their base formations next season while utilizing Mohammed Massaquoi across from him. Josh Cribbs is expected to take on several roles in the offense but should not be used as anything greater than a third option moving forward.

Brian Robiskie, Chansi Stuckey and Carlton Mitchell will all fall down the depth chart with the addition of Little and may even become expendable if Cleveland could find an interested trade partner this summer.

The Browns currently hold six more draft picks heading into the final day and could even use their addition picks as trade ammunition moving forward.