The Cleveland Browns are one of few NFL teams without neither a head coach nor a long-term answer at quarterback. Thankfully, the Browns (unlike the Washington Redskins) have two first round picks in this year’s NFL draft and should be definite players in free agency as well. Moving forward, Cleveland has the talent to at least compete in the spotty AFC South next season, but this is an organization that must win big in the draft.
After another 4-12 campaign, Cleveland is slotted to pick fourth overall this May and the Browns are likely to use the pick on a top quarterback. Even still, if the Browns plan on starting a rookie signal-caller then they must devote themselves to the running game a tad more in 2014. Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if De’Anthony Thomas is a guy that the Browns really target in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Oregon Ducks‘ running back is not only an excellent change-of-pace back, he’s also a lock to be a difference-maker on special teams, which was an area that really hurt Cleveland this past season. In addition, Thomas has the skills to someday have a Darren Sproles or Percy Harvin-like impact on the game. At the end of the day: the Browns need difference makers and with not a single play-maker in the backfield, Cleveland would benefit from snagging Thomas at some point in this year’s draft.