Can you give Joe Banner a passing grade for the Draft when he passed on two rounds altogether? We’ve got the recap of the players the new Browns Front Office picked, and the picks that they traded, during the 2013 NFL Draft. It’s GameTime!
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1Q: The Browns add some Bark to the Dawg Pound
The scenario most fans wanted to unfold, did. CB Dee Milliner was available for the Browns at #6. But they went another way and took LSU DE/LB Barkevious Mingo to the fold.
He’s the fastest pass rusher in the draft, but also a very light 240 pounds.
Interestingly, this is about the size of Chip Banks and he turned out to be a pretty good player (though off-the-field problems ruined his career).
DC Ray Horton promised an aggressive defense and this gives the Browns an OLB to play opposite Paul Kruger and (hopefully) give the Browns their best pass rushing attack since they’ve been back.
Jabaal Sheard is also projected to be an OLB, so unless they end up moving him, this should give the team some depth at LB.
2Q: Browns go for a CB in the 3rd round
Finally addressing a glaring need, they nab CB Leon McFadden from San Diego State (Sipe’s alma mater).
At 5-9 5/8 he is undersized. He has to face the likes of AJ Green (2x) & Calvin Johnson this year.
On the plus side, he played a lot at SDSU and was in a pass-happy conference, so he should have a lot of good experience playing the position.
Aside from his lack of size, he was also the 11th CB drafted.
Our alternatives are Buster Skrine or Chris Owens (signed from ATL)
3Q: Then the Browns punted.
- Traded with the STEELERS ! Traded our 4th rd pick for their 3rd rd pick next year.
- Traded our 5th rd pick for the Colts 4th rd pick next year.
- C’mon. They weren’t ANY guys that could have helped us there? There were still some good Safeties on the board.
- PIT used our pick to draft one (Shermarko Thomas, Syracuse).
- Phillip Thomas (Fresno St) was taken later in the round.
- Unless the Browns didn’t have them rated as 4th/5th rounders.
- We took Jamoris Slaughter (Notre Dame) in Rd 6. Tore his Achilles Tendon in GM3 last year and didn’t expect to be drafted at all.
- Two picks in Rd 7 from Div II schools. DE Armonty Bryant (East Central – Okla) and OL Garrett Gilkey (Chadron State – NEB)
4Q: Traded for WR Davone Bess
acquired Bess from the Dolphins for a swap of picks
signed him to three year extension already
never had <50 receptions as a pro
a veteran that works best as a slot receiver (we’ve lacked a vet there since Jurevicius)
with addition of Buffalo WR David Nelson, the WR spot is getting crowded (Gordon, Little, Bess, Josh Cooper, Travis Benjamin, Jordan Norwood)
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