Newsflash, we're not going to the Super Bowl next year. So my strategy is based on the continuation of a push to serious stability and then Super Bowl contention.
This will only be Heckert's third draft.
First draft landed us:
Haden (Impact starter)
Ward (Impact starter)
Hardesty (Jury is still out)
McCoy (Starter, tough kid, good pedigree, Jury still out)
Lauvao (Starter, or excellent depth at G)
No 4th Round pick
Assante (lost on Roster shuffle to TB)
Mitchell (6th round fail)
Geathers (6th round fail)
2nd Draft Landed us:
Browns traded 6th pick to ATL for 27, 59, & 124 in 2011 as well as 22 & 117 in 2012. Browns then traded 2011 27 & 70 for #21.
Taylor (Impact Starter)
Sheard (Impact Starter)
Little (Impact starter, led league in rookie receptions despite drops)
Cameron (West Coast needs LOTS of TEs, jury out on 4th rounder)
Marecic (We'd view him differently if we hadn't let our last FB go)
Skrine (Excellent 5th round value, Great cover & zone DB)
Pinkston (Great 5th round value, Learning & Strong)
Haag (7th rounder, finished STRONG last 6 games last year)
This year we draft 4, 22, 37, 68, 100, 118, 131, & 194.
We're not going to win the Super Bowl next year. Or the year after. But if we draft well this year and next we might just compete for one by 2014. That's what this is about. I want the Cleveland Browns to play in a Superbowl in the next five years. Keep value and add depth longterm. Build through young talent & depth. Stop with the "savior" bullshit and give me talent at all positions.