NFL Draft: If the Browns drafted tomorrow…

Serving as a mid-season review that couples in ensuring he maintains his relevance throughout the regular season, ESPN draftnik Mel Kiper Jr has unveiled who he feels each team would select tomorrow if given the chance.

Coupling this with the Cleveland Browns most recent loss, a ten-point beating at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens, the position of “need” labeled byKiper may surprise a few fans. Take it away, Mel

Cleveland Browns

Top emerging needs: G, DE, OLB, WR

Analysis: The Browns are relying on a lot of young players, counting the unusual case of Brandon Weeden as “young” based on his NFL experience. Some of the areas where they statistically could use an upgrade are ones they can’t just target the draft to help. For instance, they drop balls at a ridiculous rate in the passing game, but Josh Gordon is young, and they still need to see if Greg Little can take the next step and be consistent enough to match his talent level. I think pass rush and the interior of the offensive line are areas they need to address. They could use another sack artist, and they need to maximize the opportunity to turn Trent Richardson into a star.

 Drafting tomorrow: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

There is no telling what the future will hold for Jason Pinkston who was recently placed on the injured reserve with a life-threatening blood clot in his lung. While many fans will point at the linebacker and defensive backfield as immediate needs for Cleveland, the 6-foot-3-inch, 325-pound Warmack would immediately fill a hole many wanted addressed by players like David DeCastro just one off-season earlier. Warmack has started all 26 games during his prior to seasons, showing incredible durability. His run-blocking and toughness would only mean bigger and better things for the team’s recent third-overall pick in Richardson — an insurance policy of sorts that would only serve to protect their most recent investments.

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  • Can’t go wrong building up strength on both lines, that’s for sure. Yes, a playmaking LB would be nice (I hear there’s a guy in South Bend that might be decent), or a DE who can actually get some pressure on opposing QBs (Barkevious Mingo playing in front of the Dawg Pound? Almost makes too much sense), but the idea of adding Warmack to Thomas, Mack, and Schwartz is pretty great, too. And I’m still on board with getting Geno Smith.
    Ah, the familiar comfort of NFL draft talk in November.

  • mgbode

    we have too many needs to take a non-impact position like OG in the 1st round. you can find very good OGs later in the draft at a much higher rate than you can DEs and CBs.

  • JK

    We have a good DL, take Te’o, he’s a stud & play maker that we haven’t had on forever.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The only thing worse then draft talk in the first week of November is the selection Kiper makes for the Browns. Draft an offensive lineman with a top 5 pick are you kidding me? This is the way you ensure you stay on a multi-year rebuild, no thanks. You take an impact player preferably at LB maybe DE, CB or WR but not an OL. Use free agency to sign an OL>

  • Steve

    Maybe things change when Taylor is back, but if you’re 29th in rushing yards allowed, I’m not sure you have a good DL.

  • steve-o

    Agreed. Jones is a 6’2 245 OLB who can sack the QB. He’d be similar to Von Miller for our 4-3 defense. He could also fit a 3-4, which may come in handy for our next HC.

    After that we are probably looking for a DB. I’d be happy with B. Rambo, S from GA, partly due to his talent, but also because he could have the #1 selling jersey.

    The rest is just BPA of DE, CB, TE, OL, P etc.

    We’d still have a ton of holes left unless we actually choose to use our strong cap position to improve a very young roster with a 30 yr old QB.