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What Could Have Been

2012 Draft Interview: <a class='sbn-auto-link' href='http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/152673/david-decastro'>David DeCastro</a>, Offensive Guard, Stanford


http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/rap_sheet/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/untitled1.bmp <a class='sbn-auto-link' href='http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/155096/marvin-jones'>Marvin Jones</a> (US Presswire)


These are some of the players who could be Cleveland Browns right now. How? After the jump.

Not being altogether ecstatic about our draft this year has generated a certain amount of blow-back. Many seem to lose track that it is not that I believe we took bad players, but that we could have selected better players.

Many also suggest that it is more or less impossible to gain any knowledge from public sources (i.e. the internet) to even begin to compete with Tom Heckert, who, of course, is a professional and therefore must be making great picks. Many of the sources have direct NFL experience as GM's or scouts, and they have direct access to many of their colleagues. If this is really your position, I can only refer to the thousands of pre-draft postings on this site alone. We all love being mini-GM's and have a natural feel for "reaches" and "steals."

I was going to post this as an add-on to my last post, but I felt this was very instructive. Again, I encourage you to try this exercise on your own, using whatever credible sources you believe are appropriate.

The columns are mostly self-explanatory. The Rank column rankings are again from Rob Rang's nfldraftscout.com. Rank refers to the overall big-board rank given to that prospect before the draft. Again, there's no one authority out there and it's not the only site I look at by far. Hecker's column is the corresponding player we obtained, for comparison.

My Picks #1 is who I would have taken. For arguments sake, it includes Weeden being available at 37, which of course is highly debatable. An alternative is therefore My Picks #2. I was in the "Let's see what McCoy can do" camp before the draft anyway. Try not to get caught up in this as I believe our weakest portion of the draft was rounds 3 though 5, which is my main point. Heckert made major errors here, I believe.

For those who think I have something personal against our GM, I think he made excellent picks In rounds 6 and 7. Also, I applaud the trade up to get Richardson, even though it was painful to lose those picks and we probably did get swindled.

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Overall

Round

My Picks #1

Pos.

Rank

Heckert

My Picks #2

Pos.

Rank

3

1

Richardson

RB

4

Richardson

Richardson

RB

4

22

1

DeCastro

OG

10

Miller

DeCastro

OG

10

37

2

Weeden

QB

44

Weeden

S. Hill

WR

29

67

3

Sanu

WR

64

Benjamin

Sanu

WR

64

100

4

Massie

OT

42

Schwartz

Massie

OT

42

160

5

M. Jones

WR

74

Johnson

Lindley

QB

185

204

6

Acho

LB

146

Acho

205

6

Winn

DE

78

Winn

245

7

Wade

CB

87

Wade

247

7

Hughes

DT

534

Hughes

Look at how much better the OL could have been with Massie AND DeCastro in both scenarios. Look at how much better the WR's could have been with Sanu/Jones or Hill/Sanu over just Benjamin. These players were there for the taking! The defense loses only Johnson. I picked Hughes in the last round-- maybe he would have been gone, but most saw him as a late rounder or free agent.

The main weakness in this analysis is it's retrospective nature. For example, we might be dying to fill the OT spot and would not take one or two WR's before filling it. Nevertheless, the draft did fall with these opportunities available. There are also many other players who might fill those needs. This is why getting laser-focused on specific players ends up costing us in the end. I think it's Heckert's-- and the organization's-- biggest weakness.

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