As the Browns head to the draft, in my opinion, it is imperative the team adds three starters to the offense. Ideally, they need to use their top three picks (4, 22 and 37) on a running back, wide receiver and right tackle.
I’m going to give my thoughts on who those players are. Obviously, I’m not privy to the Browns draft boards, but whatever combination they deem to be best to come out with the three highest ranked players at the various positions.
Every year, trades and surprises change the projections but all things being equal, let’s take a look at some possible situations that might play out.
No. 4—RB Trent Richardson (Alabama)—I’ve already written an entire article on why the Browns should draft Richardson with their top pick. To me, it makes the most sense because Richardson is the only back worthy of a top five pick.
No. 22 – WR Michael Floyd (Notre Dame), Kendall Wright (Baylor) or Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech)—There are so many variables on who is already selected, but one of these three should be there and I would take the highest rated.
No. 37 – OT Bobby Massie (Mississippi), Mike Adams (Ohio State) or Peter Konz (Wisconsin) – Whomever the Browns brass thinks is the closest to being able to step right in and start is who the team should select.
No. 4 – WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) – If Richardson is gone or the Browns pass on him, this would be the time to take Blackmon. Similarly to Richardson, he is the highest rated receiver available.
No. 22 – OT Cordy Glenn (Georgia) or Jonathan Martin (Stanford) – At this point of the draft, there are more tackles projected to be worthy in this area than running backs.
No. 37 – RB LaMichael James (Oregon) or Isaiah Pead (Cincinnati) – These players are smaller, but would fit into the west coast offense.
No. 4 – OT Ryan Kalil (USC) – If the Vikings choose to take someone other than Kalil or trade the pick, he would be too good to pass up and give the Browns a bookend for Joe Thomas.
No. 22 – RB David Wilson (Virginia Tech), Lamar Miller (Miami) or Doug Martin (Boise State) – None of these players are expected to have the impact of Richardson, but both could fit into the Browns offensive system.
No. 37 – WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina)—Had a less than spectacular combine, but played well during the football season.
I would be ecstatic if the Browns could come out of the first two rounds with a semblance close to the first scenario listed. However, after following the Browns for over 25 years they never seem to do anything that is expected.
And that’s why it’s fun to talk about it.