BEREA, Ohio – Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur were asked why they didn’t address wide receiver with their first four picks over the first two days of the draft. The Browns used their first three picks to draft offensive players, with all three projected to be starters in running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
However, many felt receiver should be at the top of the list, considering the Browns did not sign any receivers during free agency. Heckert said there were three receivers they had rated highly, most likely first round grades. It is believed they were Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright. All three went in the top 20 of the draft.
“We had three guys that we thought were really good players,” Heckert said. “There are still some guys we think we can add tomorrow that will help us.”
It was obvious the receivers left were not graded as highly by the Browns as Mitchell Schwartz.
“There were some guys we liked, but we liked Mitchell better,” Heckert said. “We thought he was a better football player.”
Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffery and Reuben Randle were three names that many thought the Browns would possibly take.
Heckert said there are wide receivers the Browns are still looking at starting in the fourth round on Saturday.
“We have some picks left and there are some guys we like,” Heckert said.
Heckert said he isn’t frustrated by not coming out of the top of the draft with a receiver.
“There’s not frustration,” he said. “We could’ve taken a receiver, but we didn’t want to take a receiver just to take one. I think we got some good players.”
Heckert said the Browns didn’t prioritize tackle over wide receiver, rather they rated Schwartz higher than those players available to them.
“We didn’t come in and say right tackle is more of a need than receiver,” he said. “(Schwartz) is a big kid. A very athletic player and he played well at the Senior Bowl.”
Heckert did think Brandon Weeden will help improve the receiving corps.
“His accuracy is proven and we think he’ll make them better.”
Shurmur said Schwartz is penciled in as the right tackle.
“We’re going to play him on the right side,” he said. “We’ll bring him in and see what he can do.” Shurmur said.
Heckert said there were other tackles they considered.
“There were some guys who might be a little more athletic, but (Schwartz) can play right tackle for us.”
Shurmur said the Browns added two physical players on Friday.
“We drafted two big tough physical guys today,” Shurmur said. “You never have enough.”
Overall, through two days, Shurmur thinks the Browns have upgraded their offense with three new projected starters.
“I think we’ve added three players that we expect to come in, compete and start,” Shurmur said. “We have a running back, quarterback and a right tackle. We feel like we got three players who are going to be there for us.
“When you add three pieces like we did, we think we’ve made strides.”
The Browns have seven more picks on Saturday.
McCoy Talk: Another topic addressed was that of Colt McCoy. Heckert was asked if there was any trade talk concerning McCoy.
“I haven’t talked to one person about him,” Heckert said.
Shurmur and Heckert were asked if anyone told McCoy that the Browns wouldn’t draft a quarterback in the first round.
“That is absolutely false,” Shurmur said. “For the record, we don’t consult our players about who we are talking about taking in the draft.”
Shurmur was asked what his plans for McCoy were.
“I expect Colt to be here on Monday for the off-season workouts.”