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A Breakdown of the Browns' First Four Draft Picks


Days one and two of the 2009 College Draft are behind us. Braylon Edwards is still a Cleveland Brown. So is Brady Quinn. None of the five players that were being talked about most often leading up to Saturday afternoon (Curry, Orakpo, Raji, Crabtree and Sanchez) is coming to Cleveland. These four players are, in the following order of our first and second round picks.
1. University of California Center Alex Mack (21st pick overall in the first round)
At six feet four inches tall and 311 pounds, Mack was the best Center in the Draft. He was ranked number one at that position. His major strength is that he protects against opposing pass rush and blocks for running backs equally well.
We would not have chosen Alex with the number 21 overall pick. We would have taken either Clay Matthews or Rey Maualuga, both USC linebackers.
Having said that, we recognize that our offensive line got beat up last season; that it was terribly imbalanced with the right side being much weaker than the left with Thomas and Steinbach; and that Mack can contribute significantly to rebuilding that O-line (especially given that we picked up free agents Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack and journeyman John St. Clair to help out our good but aging Center Hank "the tank").
2. Ohio State Wide Receiver Brian Robiskie (36th pick overall in the second round)
Again, we would have chosen Maualuga.
Nonetheless, we love Brian's size at six feet three inches tall and 200 pounds. And his 2008 stats are impressive: 42 receptions, 535 yards, 8 touchdowns.
Of the receivers left in the Draft at the time Brian was chosen (Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin were both gone), we would have selected Robiskie.
3. Georgia Wide Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (50th pick overall in the second round)
Maualuga was gone, but we would have selected another linebacker still on the board.
Of the receivers left in the Draft, however, we agree with Mohamed as the choice. His key attribute is his raw strength. His size is pretty good at six feet two inches tall and nearly 200 pounds. And his stats last season were better than Robiskie: 58 catches for 920 yards and 8 touchdowns. We prefer Robiskie, however, because of his extra inch in height and his better footwork.
4. Hawaii Defensive End David Veikune (52nd pick overall in the second round) - photo above
This is a "sleeper pick". We like it. Veikune is not as big as many defensive ends at six feet two inches tall and 260 pounds, but he is very strong. He bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times at the Combine in Indy. He impressed many scouts at the Combine and at workouts since with his superior quickness and tireless motor. Most important, he has amazing pass rush ability which fills a huge hole in the Browns currently. In the last two seasons, David tallied 25 solo tackles and 16 sacks.
Overall, we are disappointed that the Browns did not get either Curry or Orakpo, and we are concerned that we waited so long (until day two of the Draft) to acquire a linebacker . But we applaud the pricetag for the fifth overall pick traded down to the New York Jets, and we see four solid draft picks from day one.
Go Browns!
-Clayton
Devo's Cleveland Browns

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