Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository decided to rank the 33 most valuable players on the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp. A clear description is not provided as to how Doerschuk views the phrase, "most valuable player." Does it mean players who ideally will have good seasons in 2013 in order for the team to succeed, or is it a projection based on what he has seen in the offseason programs so far? For the purpose of my analysis, I will assume it is the latter case.
Here are a few thoughts regarding Doerschuk's list:
- No. 4 - QB Brandon Weeden: This is the one that jumps out at you. There are a lot of talented young and veteran players on defense who are ranked below Weeden. We have heard that the offense this year will really make an emphasis to throw the ball down the field, which plays to the strengths of Weeden and the young receivers.
- No. 5 - OLB Barkevious Mingo: It'd be nice if he ended up this high, but it seems way too high for a draft pick who has not played a down and is poised to begin the season as a backup. Maybe that's where his value will come in, though -- causing havoc for opposing teams on third down.
- No. 23 - TE Jordan Cameron: I don't disagree with this ranking, but if Cameron can't be a higher player on this list by the end of the season, the offense will definitely experience some shuffling at this position in 2014.
- Cornerback: After Joe Haden at No. 2, Doerschuk clearly had difficulty finding where to place the other cornerbacks. There should probably be three cornerbacks at most in a top-33, but Doerschuk has Buster Skrine at No. 18, Chris Owens at No. 19, and Leon McFadden at No. 25.
- Guard: Doerschuk does not have an offensive guard above No. 26. John Greco holds that spot, with Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston below him. It will be critical that one of those guards, hopefully Greco, moves up on the list by the end of the year to really stabilize the offensive line. Based on everything we've heard in camp and saw last season, it's got to be Greco, right? In fact, I was pretty surprised that he wasn't ranked higher already on Doerschuk's list.
- Special Teams: In the past, you would have seen the likes of Phil Dawson and Joshua Cribbs pretty high on this list. There was a major special teams turnover this year, but it'd be nice to have a gem in Travis Benjamin and at kicker.
Do you have any specific thoughts on players listed on Doerschuk's list?