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  • Published: May 1st, 2015
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Maybe the Browns do listen to NNR!

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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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  • Published: May 17th, 2014
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2014 NFL Draft Boom or Bust – First round Defensive players

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1st Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE – With his physical ability Clowney should become a beast even at weakside linebacker. Forget about the work ethic noise, he will be a Big big Boom.

6th Raiders Khalil Mack OLB – Given the free agency bonanza the Raiders got this off season, Mack won’t be the only quality pass rusher. He has all the tool and a motor that has no off switch. Big Boom

8th Browns Justin Gilbert CB – Gilbert is a top cover corner but don’t expect him to tackle much. Bust alert!

9th Vikings Anthony Barr OLB – Barr has been a LB for 2 years. He needs a lot of work and tends to be standing beside the pile not at the bottom of it. Bust

13th Rams Aaron Donald DT – Perfect 3 technique DT that will provide inside rush for the Rams. Big Boom.

14th Bears Kyle Fuller CB – Fuller is the best all around CB that will support the run and cover. Best in 2 deep zone. Boom.

15th Steelers Ryan Shazier LB – Has the speed to cover and very good instincts. Will likely start day 1 inside. Boom.

17th Ratbirds C.J. Mosley ILB – Speed and instincts. Moseley will become a starting ILB. Boom unfortunately.

18th Jets Calvin Pryor FS – Jets gave up a lot of big plays last year. Pryor is a center fielder with an attitude. Boom

21st Packers Hasean Clinton-Dix FS – See the above. Clinton-Dix is solid and will start. Boom.

23rd Chiefs Dee Ford DE/OLB – Has never stood up or covered a back. Bust alert.

24th Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB – Good tackler but lacks the top speed. Should be OK.

25th Chargers Jason Verrett CB – Great cover guy but is short. Has the instincts to be fine.

26th Eagles Marcus Smith DE – They reached for a marginal pass rusher. He is productive but not the pass rusher that justifies a 1st round pick. Bust.

27th Cardinals Deone Bucannon SS – The Cards are looking for a partner for FS Tyrann Mathieu but this was a big reach. Bust alert.

29th Patriots Dominique Easley DT – If he had not been injured he would have been a top 10 pick. When he gets healthy he will be a Boom.

30th 49ers Jimmie Ward SS – Late riser that deserved the attention. Ward is a big hitter that can cover some. Boom.

31st Broncos Bradley Roby CB – Roby had a tough 2013 but is a solid CB prospect. He should be OK.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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