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If You Liked Tom Heckert's Drafts, You Should Like This Off-Season

I've been perplexed by so much of the negative reaction to what the Browns did in the draft this year. I see Banner and Lombardi's actions of adding a few picks to areas of need as a ratification of the mostly good job that Heckert did over the last three drafts. Think about it: We didn't look to replace Gordon, Little, or Benjamin. Taylor or Sheard? Nope. Hardesty or Lavauo or Schwartz or Pinkston. Nope x4. Weeden or Richardson or Haden or Ward or Jordan? You get the picture. Same thing with respect for the UFA's Heckert brought in. How can you see the lack of draft day activity as anything but - at a minimum - curiosity, if not satisfaction with the potential of Bademosi, Gipson, Robertson and Fort? And all of this is even after we've switched offensive and defensive systems. Banner basically said as much at his post-draft press conference: "We were trying to focus on making sure we got players that we thought made us better. I think the difference is on offense we think we have a lot of young guys who are not quite sure what they are going to be over time. So we were inclined to give them some time and see how they develop and then we'll be able to identify where we're at." I don't know how you can hear that and look at their actions not see that Banner and Lombardi, while they might not be certain, are at least open to the possibility that a lot of the answers for the future of this team may already be on the roster. We'll know by the mid-point of the season if that view was valid, but IMO, that approach - trying to develop the players that a pretty good GM already brought into the organization - is the correct one, and the lack of that ability has been one of the biggest reasons for our perpetual failure. So if you liked what Heckert brought to our roster in his three drafts, you're apparently in the same company as the current front office.



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