Inspired by this post discussing the Browns' potential options in free agency, I wondered what my draft board would look like if I was sitting next to Holmgren and Heckert in the Browns' war room. Assuming the Browns did make a splash and land a free agent like Karlos Dansby, what would your Browns draft board look like?
Pick -by- Pick preview of how I would view each pick after the jump.
First Round Pick (7)
1) Eric Berry S, Tennessee
2) Joe Haden CB, Florida
3) Rolando McClain LB, Alabama
It might be a bit of wishful thinking that Eric Berry might slip to #7. However if he does of course the Browns would jump at him. Joe Haden isn't a bad consolation prize and the dozens of mock drafts that have the Browns selecting Haden might be on to something. If both Berry and Haden are selected before #7 (nightmare scenario) the Browns would probably be best served trading down 5-7 spots looking to select Rolando McClain.
Second Round Pick (38)
1) Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
2) Mardy Gilyard WR, Cincinatti
3) Brandon Graham DE, that school up north.
4) Ryan Matthews RB, Fresno State
Mike Iupati figures to be the first guard selected in this draft and his stock is on the rise thanks to a great week of Senior Bowl practices. Most mocks have him going late in the first round but if he were to fall to us at #38 he would be a tremendous value. I know the Browns don't have a great history when drafting WR in the second round but by all accounts Gilyard has looked like the real deal in front of the NFL scouts. Likewise virtually every account of senior bowl practices has rave reviews of UM defensive end Brandon Graham, if he fell to us in the second round he would be a fantastic value.
Third Round Pick (72)
1) Myron Rolle S, Florida State
2) Javier Arenas CB, Alabama
3) Sean Weatherspoon LB, Missouri
4) Jon Asamoah OG, Illinois
I have to confess I love Myron Rolle. The All-American safety turned Rhodes Scholar who just so happened to work out religiously during his year of study in England, and showed up to the Senior Bowl in the best shape hes ever been in, and looked good to the scouts to boot. Talk about self-motivated. If the Browns could land Rolle with this pick, I would probably unleash a John Rocker-esque fist pump of joy. Arenas would make a great nickel corner and despite his size has shown good instincts around the ball.
Third Round Pick (93)
1) LeGarrotte Blount RB Oregon
2) Koa Misi LB Utah
3) Pat Angerer LB Iowa
4) Darryl Sharpton LB Miami
Mel Kiper says the Browns needs a big bruiser of a RB and Blount fits the bill. He has had some off the field issues and needs some work on his field vision and patience. This kid is the kind of athlete who can really be a star in the NFL. If he falls this far in the draft (hes a big talent but with the obvious baggage) I would take a chance on him.
From here the Browns have a ton of options because they have 6 picks in the final 4 rounds of the draft. A couple of names I'd have my eye on in the later rounds:
1) Ciron Black OT LSU
Good size and great character for a guy who was the keystone of LSU's offensive line for the last 3 seasons. Showed great durability starting 40 consecutive games for the Tigers. Black's current grade places him at a good value in the fourth round.
2) Jimmy Graham TE Miami
Ok this is my token "Project" pick. Graham has fantastic size and athletic ability but is totally unpolished. After using up his basketball eligibility Graham chose to play one season of football for the 'Canes instead of heading across the pond to play basketball with the euros. Turns out this kid is a pretty effective weapon on the gridiron and scored 5TDs this season. Not a great route runner or blocker but just might be the next Antonio Gates, you never know. He is graded as a fifth round talent and that means the Browns are in a great position to take him, having an early 5th pick (131) and two additional picks in the fifth round (just in case he is a bust).