I have compiled a long list of players that I think the Cleveland Browns could be targeting in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Players like Sam Bradford, Eric Berry, C.J. Spiller, and Earl Thomas probably ring a bell to most Browns fans because they are potential first round picks.
The purpose of this article is to provide three names of players who I think the Browns should or could be targeting with the second and third round picks.
Obviously, it is next to impossible to predict what they will actually do, but this will give you some names to look up and remember as the draft approaches.
1) Nate Allen, FS, South Florida
If the NFL draft were today, then it would be no secret that the Cleveland Browns have to draft a free safety. The question is, in which round will it be?
In the first round there are Eric Berry, Taylor Mays, and Earl Thomas. In the second round, there is Nate Allen. Allen is listed as 6'1", 205 lbs., with a 4.50 40-time.
If you watch film on Allen, you immediately notice how well coached he is. He seems to be in the right place at the right time, and he is capable of making big plays while he is there.
Head coach Eric Mangini would love to have a free safety that can cover a lot of ground, make nice tackles, and exhibit leadership skills in the secondary.
If the Browns do not draft a free safety in the first round, then I look for them to get Nate Allen in the second round.
2) Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead could be the sleeper franchise quarterback of the 2010 NFL draft.
In 2009, the Ole Miss Rebel recorded 2,632 yards and 20 touchdowns. That's obviously not the kind of stats that Sam Bradford put up, but at 6'3", 215 lbs., Snead could be the target of many NFL teams in the late second to early third round of the NFL draft. He has the prototypical size and arm strength, and he has a quick delivery of the football that sets him apart from the rest of the mid to late round quarterbacks.
If you watch film on Snead, you will immediately recognize how he makes the tough NFL-type throws look easy. Even the scouts at the Combine were impressed with him.
I hope the Browns do take a serious look at Jevan Snead with their first pick in the third round if he is still available.
3) Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
With the recent trade of Kamerion Wimbley, I look for the Browns to replace Wimbley with someone that has similar characteristics but for less money. Sapp, listed as 6'4", 252 lbs. and a 4.70 40-time, would fit nicely in the Browns defense. In 2009, Sapp recorded 60 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and five sacks.
If you watch film on Sapp, you see a player who is explosive off the line of scrimmage.
You see a player who plays from whistle to whistle
And you see a player with tremendous upside potential.
I don’t look for Sapp to come in and immediately start, so he could go in the late third round.
Maybe the Browns will use the third round pick acquired from the Wimbley trade to get Ricky Sapp.