Shawn Lauvao - The Browns used their second third-round draft choice to take offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao. He definitely is built like an NFL offensive guard. I like that he played left tackle in the PAC 10 for Arizona State. He is a very articulate young man who only needs 6-9 units to have his Master’s degree. Many players coming out of college don’t get their degrees. Lauvao, not only has his degree, but almost a post-graduate degree.
I think Lauvao has a chance to start at right guard this season. Depending on how quickly he adapts to the pro game, he could unseat Pork Chop Womack for the starting job. If he doesn’t start this season, he should provide depth at most positions on the offensive line. The Browns used a high draft choice on an offensive lineman and that is a good thing. I can remember many regimes that continually signed undrafted free agent offensive linemen and tried to find the proverbial diamond in the rough as quarterback after quarterback was carried off the field.
He’s described as a guy who ‘keeps the pocket clean’. Lauvao should at the very least, provide depth this season and has a chance to be the long-term answer at guard.
Larry Asante - Some of the draft reports I’ve read about Asante give the impression that he could be a very productive player for the Browns. I like the idea that Ward will have immediate competition. Asante is also described as a physically tough player.
The knock on him is his ability to cover in passing situations. However, if he can help against the run, that would be a big help as the Browns have not been able to stop the run in recent memory. Let’s stop the run and worry about the passing game another day—at least for now.
I didn’t get the chance to talk with Asante, so my only impressions were seeing him on the field. Like Ward, he is solidly put together. I’m anxious to see how he develops in the upcoming OTAs, minicamps and preseason.
Carlton Mitchell - The young receiver strained a leg muscle the first day of minicamp and was only seen riding a stationary bike. A disappointing start for the receiver, but with the Browns so desperate at the position, he’s going to be given every opportunity to show what he can do.
Hopefully, the injury won’t linger and he’ll be able to start to refine his game. Most of the experts see him as a raw, talented player who, over time, will be able to help the Browns. Since the Browns are young and inexperienced at the receiving position, some think Mitchell might be able to get on the field in 2010.
Clifton Geathers - This guy is a physical specimen. He looks more like an offensive tackle and some have said he could develop at that position. I like the way he went all out in ‘no contact’ drills and knocked the punter down. However, I’ll be more interested when I see him knocking down 6-5, 330 pound offensive lineman.
He’s got the size (6-9, 305) to play in the NFL. He also has the lineage with brother, Robert, Jr. and father, Robert, Sr. and uncle Jumpy to find a spot in the league. He’s a developmental player with not much experience, but he has a lot of upside. I believe it was a sixth-round pick well spent.
Summing up the final four picks - I would say Lauvao has a chance to play this season. The other players are primarily developmental players that will play on special teams or be on the practice squad. Of the eight drafted players, I think three to four have a legitimate shot of starting or seeing a lot of playing time in 2010. Those being: Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Montario Hardesty and Lauvao.