Sunday, April 29, 2007

Now what?

Like my hornless friend said, the Browns may have gotten three first round talents on day 1 of the draft. Other than Quinn, who may not be immediately anointed the starter(but who could get the nod from day one) and barring any injury, it's pretty safe to think that Thomas will be lining up at a tackle spot and that Wright will be in one of the starting corner packages. Quinn, obviously, will play the role of QB of the future. I have a funny feeling that that future just may start around game 6, if not sooner. Despite any concerns about whether or not they overpaid to get Quinn, that's a pretty damn good haul for the first day of the draft. But, in the immortal words of Winston Wolf, "Well, let's not start sucking each other's dicks just yet."

There's still work to be done during day 2.

Savage has made it clear that his priority is winning in '07. If that's the case, he needs to get at least one more player out of this draft.

Before the draft, I said their acute needs were offensive tackle, cover cornerback, quarterback, and defensive linemen who could disrupt the offense. Savage addressed the first three. Now he needs at least one defensive lineman and he's got three picks (so far) to get one. The Rhino and I both are intrigued by Walter Thomas. He could be a huge risk, a huge waste of a draft pick, and a huge disappointment. But, he could also be a huge presence in the middle of the D-Line. That's enough to keep me interested. Baraka Atkins (DE) and Antwan Barnes (DE/OLB) are still out there, but there's a good chance they'll be gone.

Other than a defensive lineman, the Browns could also use a running back, another CB, another offensive lineman and an outside linebacker. Any one of those things taken when the Browns pick in the 5th round will be an utter crap shoot. So, if Thomas is gone, why not really roll the dice? Take Michael Bush (RB). Sure, he's suffered a major injury, but the Browns have a proud tradition with injuries. Wasting a 5th on a guy who really had first round talent could be the kind of lucky break this franchise needs.

If they want to go a more conservative route and grab another offensive lineman, watch for Mansfield Wrotto (OG). He's a big guy with pretty good feet. Moreover, I know the Browns personnel guys have been quietly sniffing around him. As a complete aside, someone in the fourth is going to get a huge bargain. The team that drafts Mason Crosby is going to get a hell of a field goal kicker.

Savage has shown that he's willing to take risks. Now, let's see him take a couple more.

1 comment:

Hornless Rhino said...

Boy, it's just impossible to satisfy some people. How about getting with the program. Why don't you jump on the team and c'mon in for the big win?