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How to Fix the Cleveland Browns in 1 Simple Draft


I really enjoyed doing this one because the Browns currently have 11 picks in this upcoming draft, which allows us fantasy GM's to go nuts.  I did this on the assumption that the Browns would be picking 3rd overall in the first round. The same rules apply as when I did this for the Raiders (which can be found here)

1) The title is firmly tongue in cheek

2) This is a draft of who I would take were I the GM, not who I think those teams will take.

1st Round:  Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

 Wow, the Cleveland secondary is just awful.  Awful's not even a strong enough word.  Maybe the ancients had  a word to describe just how bad they are, but I don't know Latin or Greek.  They have no true playmakers on the whole defensive side of the ball.  I'll tell you this:  if there is one player I absolutely promise you will not bust, it is Eric Berry.  He is everything the Browns need on the defensive side of the ball.  Quarterback is a big temptation here, but I'm just not going to do that....there are better options in free agency and in the later rounds.  When your secondary is as weak as it is, you can't pass a guy like Berry. 

2nd round: Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State

Some people might hoot at me for this, but so be it.  I'm a lot higher on Robinson than a lot of people.  I like that he plays in a hybrid offense, so he has experience taking snaps under center as well as from the shotgun.  I like that he can make plays with his feet.  I like that he has good size and arm strength.  He's excellent clay to mold an NFL quarterback from.  I question his decision making at times, but that can be fixed.

3rd round:  Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee

Jamal Lewis is done and I'm not at all sold on who else Cleveland has on their roster at this position.  Hardesty is an electric presence in the backfield.  In fact, it wouldn't shock me if he's gone at this point, but in researching I found that he's mostly projected in the third round....so here he is.

3rd round (from Jets): Zane Beadles, OT, Utah

Joe Thomas is one of the best in the NFL, but they need help on the other side of the line.  I really like Beadles for his size and think he's a great value pick at this point.  He projects as an excellent right tackle.

4th round:  Brandon Deadrick, DE, Alabama

He was shot and didn't miss any time.  Let me repeat that:  He got shot.  With a bullet.  Fired from a gun.  And it didn't seem to affect him.  Put a guy like that on my team, please.  Not to mention he has the size you want in a 3-4 DE and comes from a great program.  Another guy currently projected in the 4th round, but it wouldn't surprise me if he goes a bit higher.

5th round (from Bucs): Jamar Wall, CB, Texas Tech

Remember what I said about the Cleveland secondary and how bad it sucks?  At this point in the draft, you could do a lot worse than Wall.

5th round:  Colin Peek, TE, Alabama

They miss Kellen Winslow in a big way.  Peek has great size without being too big, can block well, and is a great pass catcher.  The Browns really, really need a guy like this on offense. 

5th round (from Jets): Kavell Conner, OLB, Clemson

Outside linebacker depth is a concern of mine if I'm Cleveland's GM.  Conner is a hard worker, though a tad undersized.  A nice project, though.

6th round: Brandon Brinkley, CB, Houston

Have I mentioned how bad Cleveland's secondary is?

6th round (from Carolina): Vladimir Ducasse, G, Massachusetts

Still looking to upgrade the offensive line, and I like Ducasse for size and versatility, especially in the 6th round. Plus, his name is Vladimir, and that's pretty cool.

7th round:  Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina

A huge, productive guy who might be a nice backup for Shaun Rogers.

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