NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I will disect the Browns first round draft picks. Monday we will do a complete review of the draft.
No Johnny Football. No Justin “I don’t want to tackle” Gilbert. The Browns took two solid guys that fill holes on the roster. Teams that are in the playoffs can go “best player available.” But the teams that make the top half of the ranking possible like the Browns need to fill holes with quality guys.
The primary need was someone to stop the run. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton was my top run stuffer inside. And trust me nobody at the draft said anything about him wearing a dress! He is a high energy player that leaves everything he has on the field. He splits the double team consistantly and makes tackles for loss. There is some concern about him being on the field in 3rd and long situations. But because the Browns were 32nd at stopping the run, that did not happen often last year. I have no doubt that he will be a very solid pick.
The 19th pick in my opinion was brilliant. There were very few OT prospects in this draft. Most of the guys that were listed at T were actually better suited at G. Cam Erving was an exception. He has the feet to play T and the head to call protections at C. Make no mistake, Erving is an insurance policy against Alex Mack opting out of his contract in 2016. Even if Mack stays, Erving can play T, G or C. The Browns can move Mitchell Schwartz inside to G where his lack of quick feet will not be an issue.
These two picks were exactly what Samantha and I projected for the Browns. If GM Ray Farmer is listening, I have another suggestion. How about trading a 3rd or 4th pick to the Titans for QB Zach Mettenberger? He has a much better arm than anyone on the roster now and came from a pro style offense at LSU.
Of course if the Browns had been listening to NNR before the 2012 draft the QB issue would not be a problem. I was beating the drum for them to select Russell Wilson. He would have solved the QB issue for the Browns for a decade or more.
That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.
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