Are the Cleveland Browns Asking for Too Much for Edwards?

Steve ChottCorrespondent IApril 25, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Braylon Edwards #17 of the Cleveland Browns jogs on the field during the NFL game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

As the draft nears closer, the Braylon Edwards to the Giants talks are dying down, much to my displeasure. I have talked about this trade in two other articles and still think it would be a crime for the Giants to decline a trade for Edwards.

The trade talks are dying down though, and it's because the Browns are asking for too much in the Giants' minds.

The Browns want a first, second, or third round pick and Mathius Kiwanuka for Edwards.

The Giants believe this trade is too much, but I don't. I think this would be a great trade for my G-men.

Lets take a look into this.

The Giants would most likely use their first round pick to draft a receiver, if they decided not to trade for one. This pick would probably get them Darrius Heyward-Bey out of Maryland, Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina, or Kenny Britt out of Rutgers.

To start off for the Giants to be in position for Heyward-Bey they would need to trade up, because he is a projected 15-20 pick.

So how did Heyward-Bey do at Maryland?

In his four years at Maryland, Heyward-Bey put up 138 receptions, 2,089 yards, and 13 touchdowns. This includes his stats in 2008 with 42 receptions, 609 yards, and five touchdowns.

These stats may seem bad for a potential No. 1 receiver, but Heyward-Bey did this in a not so great Maryland offense.

He also shows great hands and speed, which would make him a great receiver in any NFL system.

Then there is North Carolina receiver Hakeem Nicks. In 2008 with UNC, Nicks had 68 receptions, 1,222 yards, and 12 touchdowns.

Hakeem Nicks has the stats over Heyward-Bey, but the Maryland receiver posted the fastest 40 yard dash time out of all the wide receivers.

Nicks does come in at 6"0, 212 pounds though and comes in with great height and strength. We have seen how Eli Manning can work with this and the Manning to Nicks combo could be dangerous.

If this trade was to go down as planned, the Giants would most likely be giving up Mathias Kiwanuka. Kiwanuka has been a good depth player as he can play defensive end or linebacker.

It is all up hill from now on though for Kiwanuka as he recorded a record high 51 tackles last year with eight sacks.

The second round pick the Giants would give to the Browns would most likely go towards the Giants drafting a linebacker, as that is one of their top needs.

The price for Braylon Edwards would be worth a good young receiver and a linebacker, but now back to the main question of is it worth it?

And I still think it is.

Last season with the Browns was a disappointing season to some NFL fans, but I still think it was a good season for Edwards. He had 55 receptions, 873 yards, and an eye opening three touchdowns.

This is still a good season, but what if the Giants were to pick up the Braylon Edwards of 2007?

The 80 reception, 1,289 yards, 16 touchdowns, and Pro Bowl Braylon Edwards. This guy could be the guy we get, which is something that would be much greater than what we could get from Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Braylon Edwards did have a problem dropping the ball last season, but the Giants do have a very good coaching system and this could be fixed. When Tiki Barber played for the Giants, he had a bad fumbling problem.

The Giants coaches worked with Tiki and they fixed it, making Barber a much more effective running back.

So the day before the draft, Jerry Reese and the rest of the Giants management may be thinking about whether this trade is worth pulling the trigger on, and trust me, it is.


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