2010 Cleveland Browns Roster: Tom Heckert Not Done Tweaking Yet

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2010

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 21:  Chris Chamberlain #57 of the St. Louis Rams tackles Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The David Veikune experiment is over: the Browns cut their former second-round pick on Tuesday.

Replacing Veikune is Derrick Roberson, a cornerback just released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who just happen to be the Browns opponent this Sunday.

While the Browns certainly needed more depth at cornerback since they only kept three in the original cutdown to 53 players, it is interesting they chose a guy from their week one opponent.

There is nothing unusual about this time-honored tradition of poaching players off the waiver wire for week one matchups, with the only question being: Will Roberson still be a Cleveland Brown in week two?

That, most likely, is entirely up to Roberson, who will stay if he impresses the coaches enough.

Back to Veikune: his drafting last year was one of the more aggravating points of the early Mangini year because it was quite obvious he was an experiment and drafting experiments in the second round generally is frowned upon.

It also started a trend, continued this year of "out of left field" second-round picks that leave fans scratching their heads and second-guessing the front office.

In the second round last year, the Browns drafted Veikune, Brian Robiskie, and Mohamed Massaquoi; Massaquoi was the only guy the Browns got any kind of return on.

Veikune played in ten games but never recorded a tackle and Robiskie barely made it on to the active roster most weeks.

That's not what you want out of your second-round picks.

That being said, Robiskie reportedly is the most improved of the Browns marginal players still around from last year's roster. Plus, once you break it down, two out of three isn't that bad.

This year's second-round featured the baffling trade up to take Montario Hardesty; he of the eternal knee injury. I said at the time that the move made no sense, and I still stand by it.

This isn't a knock against Hardesty's talent, it's a knock against the front office.

Some players are more fragile than others—that's just the way it is. Hardesty already had a history of significant knee injuries and while drafting him wasn't a "mistake," trading three draft picks to move up a handful of spots was.

Hardesty wasn't going anywhere between when the Browns picked him and when they originally were slotted to draft again, I'd bet good money on it.

So now Hardesty is done for the year and two draft picks we could've had are now elsewhere.

General Manager Tom Heckert has defended his decision and that's fine, but the reality is what it is and Heckert's job now is to move forward, which he is doing at a brisk pace.

The Browns already have tweaked the roster with Veikune/Roberson and they also picked up offensive lineman Steve Vallos and waived Billy Yates.

So the right side of the offensive line should look different than last year and everyone hopes by "different," that means "better."

Even with Hardesty out, running backs James Davis and Peyton Hillis look like they could explode this year, and Harrison knows he's one bad game away from being traded. This coaching staff has made it clear with every move they've made in the offseason: they do not trust Harrison to be the 286-yard guy again in this lifetime.

The Buccaneers are up on Sunday and the new-look Browns should be ready to go.


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