Browns Bargain-Shop in Sixth Round


Posted Apr 30, 2006


The Browns searched for, and found, value in the sixth round by taking the highest-rated fullback in the 2006 draft, along with highly-regarded defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo. The two picks continue Phil Savage's intriguing draft strategy, which combines opportunism and a keen awareness of the Browns immediate needs...

 

The Browns gained depth on the defensive line, while also finding potential bargains in the sixth round by selecting FB Lawrence Vickers from Colorado and DT Babatunde Oshinowo from Stanford. Vickers was the highest-rated fullback according to Scout.com, while Oshinowo was rated tenth in a deep class of defensive tackles.

The 6-2, 230-lb Vickers gained 258 yards on 37 carries and a noticeable nine touchdowns in 2005, and also has excellent hands for a fullback. He is also a ballcarrier known for gaining additional yards after contact. Vickers has some room for improvement as a blocker, however.

Oshinowo may turn out to be a genuine steal in the sixth round. A smart and consistent lineman who has won All-Conference and All-Academic honors three years running, the Stanford product is an excellent fit for the nose tackle position in the 3-4 defense. He is excellent at occupying blockers, which is the key role for a nose tackle in Romeo Crennel's defense.


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