Cleveland Browns: NFL Combine Provides New Targets For NFL Draft
Cleveland Browns: NFL Combine Provides New Targets For the Draft
The Cleveland Browns went into the NFL Combine looking to find some new prospects to target in this year’s draft. A team that needs to get back on track, the Browns are closer to winning than it seems. They showed signs of life last year, and with a few good picks in this draft they very easily could be the surprise team of the year next season.
The Browns hold the No. 4 overall pick and will most likely grab one of the top quarterbacks with that pick. We know what they will do at the top of the draft, but they also have the 26th pick, and there are plenty of options for them late in the first round. They need to get faster and more athletic on offense, and they also need to upgrade the offensive line.
Running back is another position of need for the Browns, and you can always find good ones in the second round and even later. Running back has become the best value in the NFL. Colleges are churning out capable ball carriers all the time, all the NFL teams have to do is put together an offensive line that can clear some room for them to operate.
Cleveland needs a good draft this year. The AFC North is as wide-open as it’s been in a long time, and they have a real chance to get appreciable better in the draft and compete for a playoff spot next year. With a new quarterback, and maybe some of the players on this list, they could be a good team next year.
5. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
If this was 20 years ago, Andre Williams would be a top pick in the draft. A big, strong downhill runner who has been extremely productive at Boston College, he's a throwback runner. He struggles sometimes in the modern passing game, but he's quicker than he is fast and can immediately be a good between-the-tackles runner.
4. Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
A speedy slot receiver who grabbed everyone's attention at the combine, LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. immediately solidified himself as a late first-round pick. The Browns need to get more athletic on offense, and he will be on their radar at the No. 26 slot.
3. Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Quick and athletic, Bishop Sankey ran well at the combine and impressed in the on-field drills. He lacks ideal size for a running back, but his athleticism can let him play a hybrid running back / slot receiver role that is becoming commonplace in the league today.
2. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
A fast outside linebacker that lacks size, Kevin Pierre-Louis ran the fastest 40-yard dash among defensive lineman and linebackers with an impressive 4.51 second time. A good fit for the 3-4 defense that Cleveland runs, he fits the new mold of defenders who can run with receivers and make plays in space.
1. Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State
When you put up the best 40 time in years, you're going to find yourself skyrocketing up NFL draft boards. Dri Archer lacks the kind of size you usually want out of either a running back or a receiver, but the rules of the game today allow speedy guys like him to run free and make plays no matter where you line him up. Throw in his potential as a kick returner, and you have one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft.