The Dawg Blawgs Post Draft Analysis

Posted by Author On April - 28th - 2009

A look back on the Cleveland Browns selections in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Dawg Blawgs Pre-Draft Thoughts

Posted by Matt Snyder On April - 24th - 2009

A look at The Dawg Blawgs Pre-Draft thoughts on the Browns first round selection and trade rumors.

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Posted by Matt Snyder On April - 23rd - 2009

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Pre-Draft Thoughts

Posted by Matt Snyder On 10:40 PM

It's been 10 years since the day that the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Tim Couch with the number one overall pick in the 1999 draft. By selecting Tim Couch first overall the Browns passed up on players like Donovan McNabb, Torry Holt, and Champ Bailey.

I think the 1999 draft could be summed up in one sentence, "Learn from your mistakes.".

Of course this is what a team should learn from every draft, and I hope the Browns have done just that.

Over the past couple months I have read analyzed plenty of mock drafts, few with the same result. I've seen the Browns taking everyone from Brian Orakpo to Mark Sanchez. With a variety of team needs and an abundance of trade rumors, there is little room for error in the 2009 draft.

If there is one thing that terrifies me about tomorrows draft it would be the possibility of the Browns drafting USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Although Sanchez had a great season in 2008 for USC, but that's all it was, one great season. Some say that playing in a Pro-style offense makes up for Sanchez's lack of experience.

I don't see why the Browns would want to take Sanchez with the fifth overall pick, heck, I don't see why the Browns would want to take a quarterback in the first 4 rounds.

If the Browns don't already have a quarterback controversy on their hands, drafting Sanchez would just add fuel to the fire. Having both Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson is already sucking up salary cap as it is. Drafting Sanchez fifth overall will just be sucking up more cap space. Not to mention that many people criticize Brady Quinn because of his lack of arm strength, but drafting Sanchez would just be a small step up from that of Quinn's.

I would hope that any of these reasons would suffice for not drafting Sanchez. In case they aren't just let me remind of you the two quarterbacks that Cleveland have taken in the first round since their return in 1999, Brady Quinn and Tim Couch. If that doesn't put some fear into you then I don't know what will.

I think that Quinn is quite capable of being successful in the NFL, just not with the current Browns team. After trading tight-end Kellen Winslow and rumors of trading Braylon Edwards there is no way that any quarterback could be successful in a system such as the current one of the Browns.

With that being said, I think the Browns need to draft Michael Crabtree. Even if Edwards isn't traded his contract is up at the end of this year, it's no secret that Braylon wants out of Cleveland and that the feeling is mutual with management. Unlike Edwards, Crabtree would love to play for the Browns. Plus, when Edwards contract does expire at the end of the season the returning leading receiver for the Browns would be tight end Steve Heiden.

I also wouldn't mind seeing the Browns select defensive lineman/ linebacker Brian Orakpo from Texas. The Browns need a dominate pass rusher and Orakpo is the top rated pass rusher in the draft. However, taking Orakpo is a major risk because he would be switching positions and the last defensive lineman Cleveland selected in the first round was Gerard Warren.

When it all comes down to it, the Browns could go in many different directions, and we will not be certain until Commissioner Goodell announces Cleveland's pick on Saturday. So let's keep our fingers crossed that Cleveland doesn't select another Tim Couch or Courtney Brown.

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