April 22, 2015

The BROWNS struggled with their Draft Class of 2014 because of “personal issues” with both their top Picks. But don’t expect the team to look at only boy scout personalities or panic for perceived needs this time around. They have more than enough needs to simply draft for the best players available to them…. I think.

Round 1, Pick 12 BUD DUPREE/ER/KENTUCKY/6’4/269 GBN Rank: 17
The good news is that DUPREE is big enough to actually play at DE in a 4-3 scheme. But they don’t currently play that scheme so it is clear his pass rush potential is their attraction. His 4.56/40 time tells you how fleet afoot he is chasing the ball. My concern is that watching him on tape I felt he had very little taste for contact. We’ll see how that plays out. He played a lot of roles for the Wildcats, which may have hampered his productivity. MIKE PETTINE should be able to find a way to get QB pressure from him somehow.

Round 1, Pick 19 ERECK FLOWERS/OT/MIAMI/6’6/329 GBN Rank: 21
Many think the BROWNS OL is already pretty stout, but insiders say MITCHELL SCHWARTZ is too laid back for the current coaching staff. SCHWARTZ may be adequate, but FLOWERS potential is sky high and nastiness is one of his most often mentioned personality traits on the field. If this pick is made, perhaps the BROWNS can get a later pick in trade for SCHWARTZ. FLOWERS is seen a a potential Pro Bowler.

Round 2, Pick 43 DEVIN SMITH/WR/OHIO STATE/6’0/196 GBN Rank: 44
Rack this one up as a huge PR victory, as well as a talent upgrade. Buckeye alums are always in favor for an Ohio sports team fan base. Add to that the fact that he can take the top off of a secondary and open up underneath passing lanes for others and he’s doubly valuable. Most scouts do not see any holes in SMITH on or off the field. They also feel that he still has untapped upside.

Round 3, Pick 77 JOSH SHAW/DB/SOUTHERN CAL/5’1/201 GBN Rank: 80
SHAW really impressed this past off-season with good work in St. Pete and Mobile, as well as big numbers at the Combine. Many see him as the next RICHARD SHERMAN. I do not, because I don’t see a guy who can find the ball in the air deep. I’m thinking he’ll get a shot at CB in Cleveland, but is likely to end up in a S spot. But he should still have starting potential either way. Has a chiseled frame and will take it to runners and receivers.

Round 4, Pick 111 SEAN MANNION/QB/OREGON STATE/6’6/229 GBN Rank: 113
MANNION has gained a little luv in the past month, because more and more personnel people watched more Beavers film and realized how little he had around him on offense to work with last season. He has some holes like small hands (9″) and the tendency to wilt under pocket pressure. But he has an above average arm, throws accurately, and has a high FBI. He has more long range potential than any of the vets on the current roster except the troubled MANZIEL.

Round 4, Pick 115 TYLER KROFT/TE/RUTGERS/6’6/246 GBN Rank: 126
With the VFA loss of TE/CAMERON to MIami the team needs new blood for the position. KROFT has soft hands and runs well. He stretches out to make catches and can run a bit after the catch. KROFT needs to get busy in the weight room and increase that functional strength. He could earn some serious playing time as the 2015 season unfolds.

Round 5, Pick 147 MAX VALLES/OLB/VIRGINIA/6’5/251 GBN Rank: 147
THis big guy should develop into a very solid fit for their 3-4 scheme. He shows some pass-rush ability already. Has the feet to be decent in pass coverage. Right now he’s a flash player, who may get more consistent as he matures. Luv the length to disrupt passing lanes. Another younger guy who may see the field a lot by October. Long term potential starter.

Round 6, Pick 188 ANGELO BLACKSON/DT/AUBURN/6’4/318 GBN Rank: 197
An imposing physical specimen who i felt had a better season in 2104 than GABE WRIGHT, his more ballyhooed line mate. He could make an imposing 5-Technique who should be ready to play in a DL rotation as a Rookie. Needs to be coached up and play under control more of the time. His athleticism and size cry out of a high upside if he responds to NFL coaching.

Round 6, PIck 201 CHRIS CONLEY/WR/GEORGIA/6’2/213 GBN Rank: 201
If this player were really available with this pick then it matters not how many WR are on the roster. He looks like a lot better athlete than he showed at Georgia. He blew up the Combine athletically. His 45″ vertical jump there gives you an idea of his explosion. His 4.36/40 tells you he can get deep just like SMITH. Upside deluxe and well worth the effort to develop and coach up.

Round 7, Pick 229 JAMON BROWN/OG/T/LOUISVILLE/6’4/323 GBN Rank: 244
THis player has also improved his stock with strong work at the Shrine venue and the Combine. Look for him to move inside to OG to fight for a starting job, and be a 3 position back-up early on. He’s a smart, veteran player who has played in a pro style offense in college. LOst some weight for his senior campaign and player much better overall. He’s currently rising and may not be here this late next week.

IMO, this group of players would provide a better influx of talent compared to their last Draft. MOst of these guys would compete for jobs right from the start of Training Camp.


Year two for HC JAY GRUDEN, and year one for new personnel guru SCOT McCLOUGHAN with the team finally out from under the price to trade up for RG3, seemingly forever ago. They need to hit with all 7 Picks to upgrade this roster.

Round 1, PIck 5 VIC BEASLEY/ER/CLEMSON/6’3/246 GBN Rank: 7
With ORAKPO gone as a VFA there is an immediate opening for an edge rushing specialist, and BEASLEY could be the man to fill the void. His rocked up 246 lb. frame looks NFL ready and the fact that he ran a 4.52/40 at the Combine, in that body, was very impressive. He’ll need to learn the nuances of his new position, but the talent is there to exceed ORAKPO’s sack numbers, IMO.

Round 2, Pick 38 CARL DAVIS/DT/IOWA/6’3/321 GBN Rank: 44
A big, solid athlete who was a star in Mobile and INdy this past off-season. He can plat the 5-Technique and provide pressure if/when the team uses a 2-man DL. He could play a key role in the rebuild of the ‘Skins DL where some key vets may be at the end of their careers in D.C. in 2015. Don’t be shocked if his playing time is limited this season. But 2016 could be a breakout year for this solid, big guy.

Round 3, Pick 69 IFO EKPRE-OLOMU/CB/OREGON/5’9/192 GBN Rank: 70
Was listed as a first rounder last summer, before a knee injury ended his 2014 season while prepping for the Ducks play-off run. Is a tad small but doesn’t play that way. Is quicker than fast and has shown the ability to recover quickly to the ball in coverage. Very elusive as a Punt Returner in college. Is also very solid in run support despite his lack of size. Getting him in Round 3 is a bargain and should pay huge dividends down the road.

Round 4, Pick 105 JOHN MILLER/OG/LOUISVILLE/6’3/303 GBN Rank: 105
Reliable and steady as can be. Stout player who can get to second level blocks in the run game, and move his feet in pass pro. Very functionally sound player. LOwer body generates his power. Long arms (33 3/8″) and big hands (10 3/4″) for an interior lineman. Good knee bender who is very proficient in creating seal blocks fro his RB. Plug and play guy to help immediately in rebuilding the OL.

Round 5, Pick 141 DURELL ESKRIDGE/FS/SYRACUSE/6’3/208 GBN Rank: 143
Very good athlete who may have been asked to do a bit too much on an overmatched ‘Cuse defense this past season. His 4.62/40 is very solid for his size and role. He needs to improve his tackling technique and want-to for the pro game. Right now he is a solid defender, but not a play maker as such. Would seem to have the athleticism and size to produce a bit more. NFL coaching will be key ti his improvement as a potential impact player.

Round 6, Pick 181 TERRANCE MAGEE/RB/LSU/5’9/213 GBN Rank: 184
For a team with a thinned out RB group MAGEE is a solid, versatile option. He is an elusive runner between the tackles, just like MORRIS, but excels as a receiver sneaking out of the backfield. He’s shifty once into the open field. I could see him rising to No. 2 on the RB depth chart coming out of the pre-season. High value for this team, at this Pick. A very versatile and dependable back-up RB option.

Round 7, Pick 222 TAIWAN JONES/ILB/MICHIGAN STATE/6’2/243 GBN Rank: 221
This guy is pro ready after his career in the Spartans Defense. He will star on Special Teams and be a solid back-up for ROBINSON/RILEY on the inside. Has very solid length, with 34″ arms. Played some at OLB during his college career. Big hands (10″) which he uses well to sort through traffic in the middle of the field. Plays faster in pads than his timed 40 (4.96) wold indicate. Coaches will tell you he has a high FBI out on the grass.