Other draft pundits may be a little higher on this draft class than I am. The Cleveland Browns were wheelers and dealers on draft day 2009, but for all that effort to stockpile picks, they got very little production out of them. With three picks in the second round, they only really scored with one, which is simply not good enough. A year ago I gave the Browns high marks for dealing and addressing their needs, but was critical of their failure to address the safety position. In the end this draft class may not look as good one year out.
A quick look at the 2009 draft class of the Browns:
•Round One (21)- Alex Mack C
•Round Two (36)- Brian Robiskie WR
•Round Two (50)- Mohamed Massaquoi WR
•Round Two (52)- David Veikune LB
•Round Four (104)- Kaiuka Maiava LB
•Round Six (177)- Don Carey DB
•Round Six (191)- Coye Francies DB
•Round Seven (195)- James Davis RB
Ok So Mack is solid pieces to the O line, added to 2007 first round pick Joe Thomas there is the beginnings of a strong O-line. Robiskie had seven catches in 11 games, and needs to really step it up. Massaquoi was a score; he led the team in receiving yards and played well enough that they could deal WR Braylon Edwards. Veikune was a reserve and played in 10 games. Maiava started three games, and played in every game, recording 45 tackles and 2.5 sacks. The rest were cut or contributed next to nothing.
So we would like to see the Browns hit on more than one of their second round picks, while they still have the time to justify why they were picked so high a new regime in Cleveland may not give them the time to develop. Taking two WR’s in the second did allow them to deal Edwards, and that was a good thing, but overall this draft gets a solid C.
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