ESPN draftink Mel Kiper says that the ideal Cleveland Browns draft will start if the team selects Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the fourth-overall pick.
In effort to establish what each team needs to do in order to garner an “A” grade after the first three rounds, Kiper feels that the most efficient use of the team’s first four picks should go as such:
Rd 1 (4) RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
Rd 1 (22) T/G Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Rd 2 (37) QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St.
Rd 3 (67) CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kiper adds that Richardon is a “home run pick” due to his high floor and that injuries cannot scare the Browns away from the running back position with a player of his skill level. Glenn is dubbed as a “versatile” player who can be moved to the right side; a dominant run-blocker, his addition coupled with Cleveland’s existing offensive line — as well as Richardson — would mean immense improvement in the Browns’ running game.
The glaring omission is obviously the selection of a player to help bolster the passing (receiving) attack. If the Browns opt to take a right tackle with the 22nd-overall pick, things could get very interesting with regard to receiving options to play alongside last year’s second-round pick Greg Little.
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