Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/29/13
Another NFL Draft in the books. With our aversion to “grades” well documented, we will address 10 key points with regard to the 2013 edition, specific to the Cleveland Browns. Our individual takes can be found after the jump. We invite you to participate, just as many of you did one year ago. Let’s get into it… 1. Just like last year, we’ll start it off here: On a scale of 1-to-10, what is your perception of the Browns’ 2013 draft? Scott: I get that this is a tough draft to get excited about as a fan given the waiting game that is involved. That said, I feel that the team added some impact players at positions of need while layering in some upside if any of the late-round players pan out. Since I love the Mingo pick, I’ll give it a 7 with the option to amend next year when we see what they did with the acquired picks. Andrew: If 10-9 is an A, 8-7 is a B, 6-5 is a C, etc, then I think a 5 is about right. I like the players they got with their 1st and 3rd round picks, but this team had a lot more needs than this, and they just didn’t have enough picks to really make a huge impact. Using the draft swap to acquire Bess was a nice move, though. If we can count Josh Gordon in this draft as the 2nd round pick, I’d give it a 7, but that’s not how this works. Overall, this was just a very uninteresting draft by the Browns. I can’t call it great, but I don’t dislike what they’re doing either. Craig: Right now, I’ll give it a 7 as well. I like the Mingo pick, I don’t mind the trades and I think there were some measured gambles late, which is perfectly acceptable late in the draft. Ryan: I’ll likely be the low man with a 4. The Browns made great value moves with the trades for Bess and draft picks next year, but my fear is they failed to grab any players who will make an immediate significant impact. Mingo has great upside, but I don’t think he’ll be an every down player for some time. TD: 5 – I cant really get to upset with either of the first two selections. I also cant get to excited with the entire draft as a whole. I still think they mad a mistake passing on Dee Milliner, but they love KeKe Mingo and he fills as need as well. Rick: After Friday I would have said the Browns were on pace for an 8. After Saturday? I will give them a 6 at best. Kirk: I liked the Mingo pick. They added two impact receivers (and yes, you need to count Gordon). They stacked themselves for next year’s draft. It doesn’t give instant gratification, but I think it was a solid one. 2. On a scale of 1-to-10, how well do you think the Browns did in addressing their needs? Scott: I’ll give them a 5 here. There was no way that all of the needs could have been addressed with this draft, but more of them could have been. I left surprised that the team did not add a tight end or free safety, but I am also operating under the impression that the team is far from done in terms of adding players via free agency. Andrew: I’d say maybe a 3. Of course, that all depends on whether Jamoris Slaughter can play. If Slaughter plays and makes an impact, this draft looks a lot better from a need-filling standpoint. But in general, when you only make 2 picks in the first 3 rounds and one of those picks is a luxury need (pass rushing) more than an actual dire need, it’s tough to say they really did a great job addressing some glaring holes in the roster. No TE, no S until Round 6, no OL until Round 7. It’s clear the front office’s agenda was not to fill roster holes this year, but instead to acquire picks to try to address everything next year. Craig: Only a 5 from a standpoint of addressing needs. If they hadn’t drafted Leon McFadden, this particular category might have been a 1 or 0. Ryan: 3. Leaving the draft there are still huge question marks at safety, corner, tight end, and guard. Although three of these positions were addressed in the draft it doesn’t mean they’re any better off than they were before. TD: 6 – It all comes down to how good Leon McFadden can be at CB. They neglected the sfatey spot far too long and when they took one, its a guy coming off of an achilles tear. RicK: I give them a 4. Tight End is still an unsettled mess. They did not address the safety position until the sixth round and even then the player chosen is trying to come back from an Achilles’s tear. Armonty Bryant in the 7th seems like a wasted pick as well. D-line depth is the strength of the team, plus he’s a character risk. Kirk: McFadden may start opposite Haden this year. He may not. Slaughter has injury concerns and may not be an ideal free safety. This team still probably needs another tight end, corner, and safety (not to mention quarterback), but they did add a pass rusher or two, receivers, and some offensive line depth. 3. On a scale of 1-to-10, how would you say the new triumvirate of Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and Rob Chudzinski did from a strategy standpoint? Scott: Strategically, they’re at a 7 or 8. Anytime you can trade a pick for a pick of better value, you have to at least consider it. As boring as this weekend may have been, next year at this time, we will all be discussing what the Browns did with their nine selections. It will all depend on where these picks fall. Plus, the Bess trade gives the team a player who can catch 50-60 balls for the price of a fourth-round pick. Any other fourth-rounders going to step in and immediately make an impact? Andrew: I’ll give them a 7. Like Scott, I like the Bess trade an awful lot, and if their strategy really is to kick the can down the road to next year, they did a nice job acquiring some extra picks and taking a luxury pass rusher who they really like. You can disagree with the strategy all you like, but if this is the plan, they executed it pretty well. Craig: I also say an 8 from a strategy standpoint. I love the upgraded picks for next season. They have to draft good players there next year, but I can totally get on board with the philosophy. From the standpoint of opportunities left on the table, I still would have liked to see a slight trade down in this particular draft. I like Mingo alright, but this draft didn’t have star power. If there were opportunities to trade down without a star QB or even a star WR like Julio Jones on the board, the Browns should have figured it out and done it. Ryan: 7. Banner knew it was unrealistic to fill all the team’s holes in one draft so instead throwing band aids over the holes and calling them fixed, he began collecting assets. History shows that the players the Browns would have drafted in 4th and 5th rounds most likely wouldn’t have made big contributions this year, so why not flip those picks for ones of better value? TD: 8 – they clearly had a plan and executed it. Trading a mid round pick for Devone Bess was a big win. I also loved picking up 3rd and 4th round picks for next year at a great value as well. Kirk: With the increased focus on free agency and acquiring impact guys now, I’ll give them another 7. 4. Fact or Fiction: When assessing this draft, Josh Gordon and Davone Bess must be considered. Scott: Fact. The front office cannot take credit for adding Gordon, but he has to be considered when assessing the entire draft. Andrew: Bess, yes. Gordon, no. Craig: Fact. Josh Gordon is in hand and meant the Browns had to sit idle during the second round this year. Bess’ acquisition is also inextricable from the 2013 NFL draft for me because player acquisition is player acquisition. Everything impacts everything. Ryan: Fiction. Banner and Lombardi had nothing to do with the Gordon selection last summer, but the Bess acquisition must be taken into account for this year’s draft. TD: Fact – They cannot be discounted. Getting Gordon as a second round pick with a year of development under his belt is huge. If they didn’t have him, they’d be looking for a WR in that round 2 spot anyways. Rick: It is a fact, but not exactly the way I’ve been reading it the past two days. Banner couldn’t do any more to distance himself from the Gordon pick. But when talking about the lack of impact players selected, they should get a pass for the second round. Plugging Bess in as the Browns’ fourth round selection is ridiculous. He is a veteran. I liked that trade, but don’t include him as a draft pick. When discussing the weekend he should be included however in what the Browns did. Kirk: Absolute and undeniable FACT. 5. Honestly, how do you feel about trading with the Pittsburgh Steelers? Scott: I couldn’t care less that it was the Steelers on the other end of the deal. Yes, they have been the better team; yes, their track record for drafting has been better than the Browns. You know who the Steelers traded up for in the fourth round last season? Alameda Ta’amu. He’s also the same player the Steelers waved this past November after being involved his second DUI arrest. He was later re-signed, but will be lucky to make the team this year. Enough with this whole ‘the past is indicative of the future’ nonsense. Andrew: I too have no problem with it whatsoever. Do what’s best for you, don’t worry about anybody else. Craig: I love getting a third round pick for a fourth round pick, but I do wish they’d been able to accomplish it with another team. My Pittsburgh paranoia is that the Steelers will be too good for that third round pick to be truly great. But that might just be the paranoia talking. Ryan: Paranoid. Do they know something we don’t? Why would they give us their 3rd rounder next year for a 4th this year? Is the NFL thinking of not holding a draft next year? Will Shamarko Thomas haunt us for the next 10 years? Something seems fishy! TD: Much ado about nothing. Its a mid-round pick! This wasn’t Phil Savage letting the Ravens jump ahead of him in the first round. Totally different situation Rick: To be clear, I didn’t care for the trading out of both the 4th and 5th round picks. No matter who they traded with. It would have been easier to stomach had they just traded one. Even if it was to the Steelers. I don’t know that I agree with Banner that we should prefer to trade in-division. That doesn’t seem like a great idea. Kirk: Other than a little dirty for the Browns having made contact with the Stillers, I’m fine with it for a 4th rounder. If the Browns don’t make the trade, someone else would have. 6. Who was your favorite selection of the players not named “Barkevious”? Scott: Lee McFadden. I want to say Jamoris Slaughter, but he appears to be panning out as more of a strong safety than a free safety, regardless of if he’s red-shirted or not. McFadden will have the starting cornerback job to lose. He’s used to playing on that side of the field, and has a track record for solid  man coverage. He may lose out on a few jump balls to taller receivers, but these should be few and far between. Andrew: Hard not to say McFadden here. I know there are some doubts about his size, but he sure looks like someone who has strong technique and really knows how to cover wide receviers. I really hope he can be the other starting outside CB opposite Joe Haden. Craig: Jamoris Slaughter in the sixth round. I was talking to a friend of mine last night and he put it together perfectly, so I’m just going to steal it. How can the same media worship the 49ers using a 4th round pick on injured running back Marcus Lattimore and kill the Browns for using a 6th rounder on Jamoris Slaughter? Both are “value” picks that will earn their keep if they’re healthier tomorrow than they appear to be today. Ryan: None of the above. It’s hard for me to get excited about a corner from San Diego State, a safety with an Achilles injury, or D2 prospects. TD: Has to be McFadden. I like reading how he played a ton of one-on-one, zero safety help at San Diego State. Rick: I will say McFadden, because he has the best chance to make an impact this year. Kirk: Yeah, probably McFadden. 7. Who was your least-favorite selection? Scott: I really do not have one. I think the last three players are low-risk, high-reward if they pan out. Bryant seems like an extremely athletic end who just has to get his head on straight. Gilkey has a bit of a mean streak and wants to prove that he was severely underrated due to a litany of reasons. Slaughter can pan out to be a solid contributor, but has to stay healthy. Can’t knock the gambles, especially if the scouts felt that the upside was worth allocating resources to players who have lower ceilings. Andrew: I don’t have a least favorite. I know absolutely nothing about Armonty Bryant or Garrett Gilkey, so to proclaim one of them my least favorite would be intellectually dishonest. Craig: This is a tough one this season. I guess even though I don’t hate the pick I’ll have to say Mingo. I could have made the case for a few other players or trades in this position. I could have gone with Chance Warmack or Dee Milliner or traded the pick for example. I think I would have been more excited initially over any one of those moves. Again, I don’t hate the Mingo pick at all though. Ryan: Leon McFadden. Not necessarily because I don’t think he’ll work out, I was just hoping for someone more exciting from the Browns’ second selection of the draft. TD: Not fair to say. I know nothing about any of these guys in the late rounds. Rick: Amonty Bryant. Kirk: Bryant, though he’s probably worth the risk there. 8. Between Jamoris Slaughter, Amonty Bryant and Garrett Gilkey, who has the biggest chance of contributing this season? And long term? Scott: This season? I’ll say Gilkey as he fills an immediate need. Long term? Hopefully Slaughter given where he was picked coupled with is measurables and on- and off-field  intellegence. Andrew: I’ll say Slaughter here, but again, it’s because I know absolutely nothing about the other two. Craig: I’ll also say Garrett Gilkey has the best chance initially but long-term as well. I like that pick in the seventh round as much as you can like a seventh-round pick. I also think that if he plays guard he’ll potentially have a chance to compete for a job. It’s a long road to the starter’s spot, of course, but out of the three, I’ll go with Gilkey. Ryan: Assuming Slaughter is healthy he’ll have the biggest opportunity to contribute this season. With the lack of depth the Browns have a safety Slaughter will have a chance to start and at the least play on special teams. TD: If healthy, it has to be Slaughter. The Safety position for the Browns is about as deep as a zero entry kiddie pool. Rick: Easily Slaughter, if he can come back healthy and ready to play. That is a big if though. Kirk: This year, I agree with those who said it’s Gilkey, who will try to push Lauvao, Greco, and Pinkston. Long term, though, probably Slaughter. 9. Of the players currently on the Browns roster, who will be impacted the most (positively or negatively)? Scott: Brandon Weeden. He’s officially on a one-year audition, but has been given a third-down outlet in Davone Bess. Ideally, Bess fits the Joe Jurevicius role that Rob Chudzinski utilized when he was here in 2007. This is an entirely different team if it can convert on more third-down plays. Andrew: I agree with Brandon Weeden. By the Browns not drafting a quarterback, that pretty much seals the deal for Weeden in granting him another year to prove he can do this job. So it’s hard not to say this draft was a big plus for Weeden. Craig: I think you have to say Jabaal Sheard. Whether he’s impacted positively or negatively is up to him, but he now has a lot of people on the roster pushing and challenging him to be on the field. Ryan: Brandon Weeden. When the Browns opted not to draft a quarterback early or even at all in this year’s draft Brandon Weeden became QB1 for one more year. Either he performs or watches as the Browns go all in for a QB next year. TD: Positively is Joe Haden. He has received help on the other side in the form of McFadden. Negatively, Jordan Norwood and Josh Cooper should start looking for other work with Bess now in the fold. Rick: I guess the answer should be Jabaal Sheard. Mingo’s playing time is going to come from somewhere. Sheard has some serious competition now. Kirk: It has to be Josh Cooper and Jordan Norwood, no? With Gordon, Bess, Little, Nelson, and Benjamin, there’s only so many spots. Jabaal Sheard honorable mention. 10. If you would have preferred the Browns done one thing differently, what would it be? Scott: If anything, it would have been to use the fifth-round pick instead of trading it to Indianapolis. Josh Evans or Nick Casa would have been nice there. That said, a fifth-round pick will not make or break this team as presently constructed.  Andrew: This is a tough question. I personally would have preferred they pick Milliner over Mingo. I just think cornerback was a much greater need. But if the Browns just didn’t think Milliner was projected to be a long-term starting CB, then I can’t fault them for going in another direction. Craig: Traded down in the first round for additional compensation. If they’d done that and garnered a second or third rounder, they wouldn’t be getting this amount of blow back for trading picks for future picks. Ryan: Honey Badger, Honey Badger, Honey Badger. We needed a corner, we selected a corner, but we took the All-Mountain West guy instead of the former Heisman finalist. Nothing was a bigger buzz kill on this draft than passing on Mathieu. TD: Like Andrew, I would have taken Milliner instead of Mingo. Mingo is a boom or bust guy and the Browns loaded up on pass rushers during free agency. Rick: Use the 4th and 5th round picks on players that could positively affect 2013. I can’t buy that there weren’t players out there that could have made an impact on this team this year. Kirk: I would have drafted a tight end or another corner.
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