As the Draft Nears, Eyes Should Focus on Quiet Browns, Dolphins

Posted: March 25, 2012 in Sports
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As we start to close in on the draft Cleveland and Miami fans have started to panic…well Miami fans are protesting while Cleveland fans are working on their disappointed sighs. Neither team made a splashy signing or big move at QB despite the talks and meager attempts at Griffin, Manning and Flynn, but that’s fine. These teams are beyond the piece meal help of big name free agents. Neither team is “a player away” from dominance. They’re both is tough divisions, with mostly young teams. They’ve also both stock piled draft picks. Come the end of April it will be their time to shine.

With two first round picks I think the Browns have set them up nicely. And I’ve said this before in my RG3 rundown, but I think the #4 selection needs to go to Morris Claiborne. The move would lock down the corner spots for years to come with Claiborne opposite Haden the Browns will have two guys capable of taking the long ball away from the divisions big arm QBs like Flacco and Roethlisberger. I’m not against Blackmon or Richardson being taken with the pick because both have excellent skill sets and they could use the weaponry, I just think grabbing a WR at no. 22 isn’t a bad idea, especially if Michael Floyd drops to the spot. Floyd is currently being targeted by the Bears in most mocks, but with Brandon Marshall to be a true number one and Earl Bennet and Johnny Knox capable 2/3 receivers I think the bears have to address the offensive line if they want Cutler standing long enough to connect on the deep routes. Then maybe wait until the second, even third round and target some one like Oregon’s LeMichael James to pair with Montario Hardesty, who ran well in limited action last season.

I mentioned the Dolphins in that RG3 piece as well, but now seeing how the chips have fallen I have to believe that #8 pick is going to Ryan Tannehill. The new offensive coordinator has already spoken highly of Tannehill, who he coached at Texas A&M and with Matt Moore in place to take pressure off the young QB and let him learn the NFL at his own pace I think it’s a near perfect fit for the team. Then they use a second round pick and/or one of their third rounders to pick up the best available wide out from what is shaping up to be a talented class. Grab a corner to replace the departed Will Allen and at the very least it should let the fans put away the picket signs knowing their is a plan in place for the future.

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