Today I’m going to give my thoughts of the Cleveland Browns 2012 NFL Draft Class and what Kind of NFL players I think Their picks can be.
Round 1 Pick 3 -Trent Richardson RB Alabama – Great pick.Browns traded up to get Trent Richardson and with his combination of power and speed he looks like he will be the franchise RB for the next 10 years.
Round 1 Pick 22- Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma St.- So I guess the Colt McCoy experiment is over after 2 seasons? This is a very interesting pick, because you kind of have to play Brandon Weeden right away as he will turn 29 during this season and will probably only have 6 years of good football in him.
Round 2 Pick 37- Mitchell Schwartz OT California- I like this pick a lot,taking a tackle to go opposite 5 time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas to help protect Richardson and Weeden is a very smart move.Mitchell Schwartz is a big, powerful, blocker that I thought would go in the 3rd round. But I still really love this pick because I think teaming him up with Thomas and having a chance to learn from him will help in Schwartz’s development.
Round 3 Pick 87-John Hughes DT Cincinnati – I like this pick a lot they got a good player in the 3rd Round.Hughes had a good college career and will team up with two other young DT’s in Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor which could be pretty good if Hughes can Develop and adjust to the speed of the NFL.
Round 4 Pick 100-Travis Benjamin WR Miami (FL)-I think the Browns reached a little bit on taking Travis Benjamin.He didn’t produce a bunch at Miami and didn’t show play making ability that would translate to the NFL.
Round 4 Pick 120- James- Michael Johnson LB Nevada- Great pick. James Michael Johnson is a great impact player that goes full speed every play. He’s a sleeper that I think should have gone in the 2nd round but at times gets taken out of plays too easy. I feel he can develop into a starter but it may take a few years.
Round 5 Pick 160-Ryan Miller G Colorado- Decent pick.He has great size and power but gets ran over some times.Has problems with speed runners. Not sure if he can handle NFL DE’s may move to Guard.
Round 6 Pick 204-Emmanuel Acho LB Texas- Good pick thought he would go earlier. Emmanuel Acho is a good linebacker in college. He has potential but isn’t a power guy that will run blocker over, he is better at flying around the field and using speed moves to get round blockers and make tackles.He can develop into a good NFL linebacker but he needs to be in the right system and I’m not sure Cleveland is it.
Round 6 Pick 205-Billy Winn DT Boise St.-Great pick. Billy Winn has 2nd round talent and is a good all around player but doesn’t excel in pass or run defense which is why he fell to the 6th round. But this is still a great pick and he may develop into a very good DT if he can adjust to the speed of the game.
Round 7 Pick 245-Trevin Wade CB Arizona – Good pick projected as a 4th or 5th round pick. Great cover skills and is a ball hawk with some great INT returns to his credit but might not have the speed to make those type of plays in the NFL which is why he fell to the 7th round. Could develop into a good back up corner but probable no more then that.
Round 7 Pick 247-Brad Smelley TE Alabama- This is an ok pick, I mean its 7th round so you dont expect to get a great player this late and Smelley isn’t a great player by far but he does have good hands and was a good red zone target at Alabama which is something the Browns will try to take advantage of if he can make the team.
This was an ok Draft for the Browns, They got a franchise RB in Richardson, A new Starting QB in Weeden and a new RT in Schwartz. But they didn’t address the WR position which is a big weakness.They got 2 projects each at LB and DT. A few decent back ups if they can make the roster.This class could go a ways into rebuilding but it will take a few years to really know.