But, I have three reasons why I could not be happier.
1. No one was going to replace Josh Gordon.
Josh Gordon blew everyone away last year. He was a Pro Bowl talent. He was the only receiver on the roster that gave opposing defenders concern (outside of TE Jordan Cameron) and yet he STILL blew it up.
And after drafting a CB and QB in the first round, does anyone think any WR could step up into those shoes? Could you even guarantee that Watkins and Evans would have gotten close? Since no one could have been guaranteed to replace Gordon, it still leaves me with the fact that:
2. Drafting a Wide Receiver is incredibly risky.
Tell me what the following list has in common: Demaryius Thomas, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Calvin Johnson, Ted Ginn, Dwayne Bowe, Robert Meachem, Craig Davis, Anthony Gonzales, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edawrds, Troy Williamson, Mike Williams, Matt Jones, Mark Clayon, Roddy White, Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, Reggie Williams, Michael Jenkins, Rashaun Woods, Charles Rogers, Andrew Johnson, and Bryant Johnson.
They are all 1st Round WR picks from 2003 to 2011. With every Megatron you have a Roy Williams and Carlos Rogers. The 2nd round is full of even more examples of 'safe' picks that found themselves Out of Football faster than you can say Brian Robiskie.
3. The Browns have a terrible history at drafting Wide Receivers.
Does a list that includes Braylon Edwards (1st Round), Travis Wilson (3), Syndric Steptoe (7), Paul Hubbard (6), Brian Robiskie (2), Mohamed Massaquoi (2), Carlton Mitchell (6), Greg Little (2), and Travis Benjamin (4) give anyone faith?
I'm not saying we don't need a Wide Receiver, but the draft is not the answer. I'd take a Nate Burleson over a Jordan Matthews and Allen Robinson any day of the week.
The Browns just got stronger at the line, backfield, secondary, and quarterback. There are still several months to go before the season starts. And we didn't take a risk on the next 'solid' WR. I'm a happy Browns fan.