Feeling Drafty #6: Cleveland Browns

April 2, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

When was the last time a converted FB won team MVP awards? Maybe back when Mike Alstott was a Buc, but the drought is broken thanks to Peyton Hillis.

If there was an award for breakout star of the year (different than Comeback Player of the Year, please don’t confuse the two), I could think of quite a few nominees.  Denver WR Brandon Lloyd, Miami LB Cameron Wake, Indianapolis TE Jacob Tamme, Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman.  But, the winner would probably be Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis.

How silly must Denver feel?  They traded away one of the best RBs in the NFL for what would be a third-string quarterback.  I know that the Broncos had no way of knowing the breakout seasons both Peyton Hillis and Kyle Orton would have, and how hindsight is 20/20 and all.  But still, it’s fun to think about.

So where can Cleveland improve?  Where can’t Cleveland improve?  The only places I can’t see Cleveland picking up someone are at quarterback, running back, and tackle.  And part of that has to do with the fact no quarterback, running back or tackle still on the board warrants this high of a first-round pick.  So where do they go, when they can go anywhere.

Well, Julio Jones is a possibility, since they have no #1 WR to speak of, but that can be fixed through a later round pick or free agency (once it starts back up).  With Von Miller just off the board, there probably isn’t another linebacker that is worth this good of a pick.

 

He may be known for being a dirty player, but if Cleveland could put up with Shaun Rogers, they'll be just fine with Nick Fairley.

I think defensive tackle could be the best option for the Browns, especially since they just lost veteran DT Shaun Rogers.  Thankfully, there is a clone of him in the draft, Auburn DT Nick Fairley.  Let me take a quick quote from Blitz the League II:  This guy is a destroyer, 6’5″, 300, fast as hell.  He had twelve sacks last season with a 13th in the National Championship Game.  If free agency was around right now, he could’ve potentially gone #1 overall.  But, without it, he comes as an absolute present to Cleveland at #6.

 

I know that some people will be upset that I didn’t pick Julio Jones for Cleveland.  To those people I say this: Leonard Hankerson will be around this time second round, and he can be a starter in the NFL.

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