1 - #20 DE Tyson Jackson, LSU
- Good pick here for the Browns. They sat at #5 and didn't like the board so they traded back and filled a need by taking Jackson. In their 3-4 defense Shaun Rogers holds down the NT job, but DE is a mystery. Corey Williams currently has a hold on one job, but the other is open and Cleveland really needs someone to fill that gap. Jackson is more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher at DE which makes him a perfect candidate for duty as a 3-4 DE. He has great size for the position and will start.
2 - #33 OLB Clay Matthews, USC
- Great need pick here. Kamerion Wimbley is one of the starters at OLB, but the other spot is up for grabs. Wimbley is a converted DE who plays the 3-4 rush LB position so grabbing a true OLB is a big plus for Cleveland. Matthews didn't start much in college due to a combination of being a walk-on plus competing for a starting job on the insanely talent deep USC roster. Matthews has a great blend of size and athleticism and he also has the versatility to play inside, but he will definetely start outside at OLB.
2 - #48 C Max Unger, Oregon
- Unger is such a highly regarded prospect because of his combination of talent and versatility. He is primarily a Center prospect, but also has experience as a Guard and can play anywhere on the interior line. The Browns currenlty have a good offensive line and Unger would probably not start, but he would provide quality depth at all three interior positions. The left side of the line is great, but the other lineman are aging and current Center Hank Fraley is 32. Unger will probably sit the bench for a few years as a depth guy and then walk into a starting role.
2 - #50 RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh
- Another good need pick here. Jamal Lewis is the current starter, but he is geting old and there is little depth behind him on the roster. Jerome Harrison is a capable back, but he is not someone that you want as your primary backup. McCoy had a stellar career at Pittsburgh and is a very explosive athlete. His draft stock has suffered lately in part because of a few bad workouts and the emergence of Donald Brown, However, he is a very talented runner and a very capable backup and change of pace back for Lewis. He will start once Lewis is gone.
3 - #79 WR Juaquin Iglesias, Oklahoma
- Another great pick. Braylon Edwards is on the trading block and Donte Stallworth is in trouble with the law. This leaves the Browns with zero depth at WR outside of Josh Cribbs. Cribbs is an excellent return man and a capable slot WR, but you do not want him to be your #2 WR. Iglesias was a key part of that record setting offense at Oklahoma and has good size, good speed, and excellent hands. He would be better served as a #2 WR early in his career, but he may be thrust into the #1 WR role because of the chaos the Browns have at the WR position.
6 - #177 S Emmanuel Cook, South Carolina
- Amazing that he lasted this long. Cook is a 4th round prospect who somehow managed to find his way into the 6th round. While he does not have great size for the position, his versatiltiy to play either Safety position is one of his greatest assets. Brodney Pool currently has the SS spot locked down, but the FS job is wide open and he could possibly walk in and start.
The Browns traded back in the 1st round and picked up an extra pick to give them a 1st, three 2nd's, and a 3rd round pick in the draft. All in all five picks in the top 80 in the draft. The Browns have many needs and hit them early and often. Their 1st round pick Tyson Jackson will probably start at DE as a rookie as will Clay Matthews at OLB. Max Unger provides added talent and versatility to the interior of the offensive line and LeSean McCoy will work a platoon role at RB with Jamal Lewis and is the eventual successor. Adding Cook late in the draft only adds to the stellar class that the Browns took in.