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Four More Browns on Day Two of the Draft: The Future is Looking Brighter for Cleveland


The Cleveland Browns are a better football Team on April 27, 2009 than we were on April 24.
This is thanks in part to these four new faces drafted by the Browns after day one.
Kaluka Maiava - 4th round - USC Inside Linebacker
Our only concern here is Kaluka's size. He is relatively small for his position at less than six feet tall and about 230 pounds. Otherwise, we like the selection. We are in desperate need of a linebacker who can rush the passer. Kaluka was the Rose Bowl Defensive MVP last season, a year in which he registered 66 tackles (third on a team rich with defensive talent including linebackers Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga), 7.5 tackles for a loss, 5 deflected passes and one interception. He had nil sacks, however, that was not the role he was assigned with the Trojans. Most scouts believe that he has the tools to rush the passer. He can play weakside or strongside and on special teams. His strength is impressive with 30 bench press reps at the Combine.

Don Carey - 6th round - Norfolk State Cornerback
Cleveland had a weak secondary last season, thus, this pick fills a hole. We are somewhat ambivalent about this selection in terms of credentials. Carey's Combine results were average. His 40-yard dash time was 4.54 seconds - outside the top 10 performers. In two seasons at College, Carey accumulated eight interceptions and 14 pass break-ups.
Don can also contribute to the Browns by returning punts and kicks.
We like his weight at more than 190 pounds but Carey is less than six feet tall which can be a deficit when competing with receivers along the sidelines.
Coye Francies - 6th round - San Jose State Cornerback
This selection will also help shore up our secondary, however, again, we are not overly impressed with the stats. Coye is 1.5 inches taller than Carey. His speed at the Combine was very slightly slower than Carey - 4.56 seconds over 40 yards. Like Carey, Coye can return punts and kicks.
Francies has nice long arms. He changes direction well on the field, and he is physical with receivers. His tackling ability is superior to Carey. He needs some bulking up of about 10 pounds (currently a very slender 185).
James Davis - 6th round - Clemson Running Back (photo)
We like this selection. Davis is nearly six feet tall and weighs 210 pounds. In 2008, he carried the football 171 times for a total of 751 yards and 11 touchdowns. Nearly 4.5 yards per carry is quite good. Over his College career, Davis has a higher than 5 yards per carry ratio and has scored 47 touchdowns. This guy can make plays. He is tough to tackle. He scores points.
We want to see Davis and Harrison help take some pressure off of Jamal Lewis.
Overall, there are no busts in this group. Two players are better than average (Maiava and Davis) while the other two have the potential to leave the rest of the pack. The future is beginning to look brighter for the Cleveland Browns.
Go Browns!
-Clayton

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