Cleveland Browns Wise To Pursue Punishing Running Backs in 2014 NFL Draft
The Cleveland Browns are one of the few NFL teams that haven’t a clue what they are doing at the quarterback position next season. In fact, the Browns might be in the worst situation of all considering the offense is seemingly a one-man show as of right now with wide receiver Josh Gordon still likely battling back pains after carrying the Cleveland offense for all but two games of 2014.
Moving forward, the Browns have a spotlight on them this winter as the folks in Cleveland are desperate to see the inexpensive Browns finally make some sort of splash in the free agent market. Well, that likely isn’t going to happen so let’s take a look at something more realistic.
Cleveland went out on a limb with three of its hires this offseason, but none more underrated than Kyle Shanahan‘s move from the Washington Redskins to the “Dawg Pound.” After three years of calling plays for his dad Mike, the son of a former Super Bowl champion now has to start from scratch with the Browns.
Thankfully, Kyle Shanahan should have a large hand in the Browns’ drafting strategy this May and running back is likely atop the list. Everyone knows what the Shanahan duo was able to do for bruising running back Alfred Morris in 2012, so it’s not a surprise to hear the Browns are leaning toward a bigger and more physical runner in this years’ draft.
Furthermore, look for Ohio State Buckeyes gritty running back Carlos Hyde to be among the many backs that Cleveland takes a long look at in the coming months.