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What the Browns and the Rest of the North Needs in the Draft

Yahoo Sports has a breakdown of what all 32 teams need in the upcoming NFL Draft in April. Below are the AFC North teams with a link to the whole article.

AFC NORTH

BENGALS

Needs: A deep-threat receiver and a tight end who can block and catch.

Strengths: Bengals have one of best cornerback tandems in Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall.

RAVENS

Needs: A big-play wide receiver to provide Joe Flacco a viable target along with venerable Derrick Mason.

Strengths: Running game behind Ray Rice and young offensive line that includes tackles Jared Gaither and Michael Oher.

STEELERS

Needs: A cornerback and additional help for aging defense in which nearly every starter is 30-plus—and a healthy Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith

Strengths: Ben Roethlisberger’s right arm, dependable receivers.

BROWNS

Needs: A quarterback. Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson have both failed prolonged tryouts; dependable right tackle to balance offensive line heavily tilted to Joe Thomas’ side

Strengths: Exceptional special teams with KR Joshua Cribbs, K Phil Dawson and P Dave Zastudil.


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2 Responses to “What the Browns and the Rest of the North Needs in the Draft”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Don’t look for Cleveland to draft a QB before the 3rd round — but I do see a QB making his way here somewhere in this draft. While I agree that the assessment of needs is accurate, I am not so sure about the priority to fill those needs as set forth in this post, especially when aligned with the available players at the pick numbers this team has.

  2. Chris says:

    You know, I’m not even 100% sold on our need for a quarterback. Granted, DA’s done. But I wouldn’t say that was because he failed his tryout. I’d say he passed his in 07. More that the concussion in the 08 preseason ruined him.

    But Quinn still doesn’t have a complete line to protect him or a developed receiving corps to get the ball to. Any argument of him as a failure is understandable but maybe a bit premature. I know Quinn’s the QB and a lot gets hung on him as a result. But he’s still only one guy.

    Getting a new guy we can’t protect isn’t going to do anything. We’ll just have another name to throw under the bus in two or three years. Whether Quinn is ultimately the panacea or not, I’d rather pin my fortunes to him for another year or two while we shore up other spots. Cycling people in and out randomly is loser-think and our dreams for our team won’t be worth a plugged nickel until we knock it off.

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