Telich’s Take: Who the Browns Need in the Draft
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Some random thoughts with the most important Browns draft in decades looming. As a public service, I am writing these so you can go into the draft with a clear mind, and enjoy the moment. Yet again, this is Brownstown, and I think everyone’s head is about to explode from Browns/Draft talk 24/7. Happy to do my part.
Trent Richardson, of Alabama, would make the most sense. Powerful. Strong. Tough. Cuts side-to-side and has speed to go all the way. If he is there, I would hope the Browns wait about .0099876 of a second and make the choice.
Not getting a wide receiver in free agency puts more pressure on Tom Heckert to get this right. I know he had heart surgery at the best hospital on the planet (Cleveland Clinic), so I know his ticker can take it.
If Richardson is snatched by a team moving to #3, then take LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. I know it goes against all talk of getting offense, offense, offense, but Claiborne , is a play making defensive back, with exceptional ball skills. He can cover a tornado and shut it down. He is a difference maker. I remember covering the Browns draft in 1981 when Hanford Dixon was drafted. Dixon and Minnifield then. Claiborne and Haden now.
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon had a lot of buzz a month or so ago, and not as much right now. Don’t know what that is all about. Maybe it’s been the talk of QB Ryan Tannehill, which has fans freaking out because taking him at #4 would be way too high. Blackmon is very talented, no doubt, but I think if Heckert did not snag Julio Jones in 2011, who is better than Blackmon, I wonder if he would take Blackmon.
Michael Floyd, of Notre Dame, intrigues me more than Blackmon. Bigger. More imposing. Great hands. Wins the battle for the ball.
His DUIs are nothing to dismiss. They are big issues, but I hear Floyd has gained more maturity and wants to prove he is worthy of a high-draft pick.
Ideally, this happens for the Browns. Richardson at #4. Kendall Wright, the speedy receiver of Baylor at #22 and quarterback Brandon Weeden at #37. In a more perfect world, the Browns may be able to trade down from 37 a little and still get Weeden.
The Browns have a bushel of picks and have to hit on a lot of them. This has to be the last year where an April Draft turns out to be the highlight of the whole year.