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Overrated: Robaire Smith
Like Vickers, Robaire Smith may not wind up truly belonging on this list because he may not be a Brown when the 2011 season begins, but he's ours for the time being (and possibly in the future), so that means he's fair game.
Obviously, Smith is in a way the runner up for this unfortunate designation, since it would clearly go to Shaun Rogers if he was still around. But Smith has earned it too.
It isn't that Smith has been awful, but he got way too much hype going into 2010, and then proceeded to fall flat on his face, literally and figuratively. He got into legal trouble, underperformed, and was on the field for just five games last season. In spite of this, there are those who still think he should have a job with the Browns.
Maybe that's true. Maybe he can get it together and improve his performance overall. Maybe he'll do better in a 4-3. But until he does, even considering him as a viable option next season looks like giving him way too much credit.
Underrated: Brian Schaefering
A year ago, this honor would have gone to Ahtyba Rubin, but by the end of last season he had proved himself enough to get the credit he deserves. So instead it goes to Brian Schaefering.
Schaefering wasn't completely without supporters or praise last season, nor was he what you would call "exceptional", but for the most part, he's a lot better than he gets credit for and is still improving all the time.
Schaefering should be one of the first guys mentioned as candidates to start on the line in the new 4-3 scheme, but instead he's among the last. Obviously there are no guarantees and I don't mean to suggest that Schaefering should be a lock for a starting job in 2011, but he's got a lot better chance and has done a far better job in the past than is often acknowledged.