Posted on: January 20, 2010 4:40 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:08 pm

2010 Browns Mock Draft: Defense needed!


If you're the Cleveland Browns, this year promises to be a year of "change for the better".

With a new front office in place, a clear Super Bowl roadmap is being formulated, and the Browns have their best chance of making the postseason since the return to Cleveland in 1999.

The Browns have 11 draft picks to use this season due to trades made in the last year. While most of the picks come in the later rounds, any chance to increase your draft haul is a bonus for a struggling team.

The only predictable thing about the NFL draft is that it is unpredictable. Last-minute trades can still be made, and the teams picking ahead can always make a surprise move. Basically... this is an inexact science.

So, with that said, here's the best-case scenario, worst-case scenario, and a "realistic" look at who the Browns might get in this year's draft class.

With the seventh pick in the draft, the Browns are out of the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes. But the next best thing might be Gerald McCoy...

Read the full column at Bleacher Report

(Gerald McCoy, Getty Images)

Posted on: January 18, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:06 pm

East-West Shrine Game: Opportunity knocks

By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com

If Arizona State's Dexter Davis and Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield want to hear their names called in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft in April, they face a critical week at the East-West Shrine Game. As the undersized collegiate defensive ends, they'll be attempting to prove that they can transition to outside linebacker in the NFL.

They'll see plenty of BYU tight end Dennis Pitta, who caught 62 passes for BYU last season. Pitta must prove to scouts representing all 32 NFL teams in Orlando that he has enough speed to stretch the field and can hold his own as an in-line blocker.
Max Hall, BYU.
The Shrine Game (Saturday 3 p.m. EST) has emerged as an important kickoff week to the postseason all-star circuit. With the demise of the Hula Bowl and Blue-Gray All-Star Classic in recent years, the Shrine Game is the place for mid-round prospects to cement their status and for lower-tier players to catch the eyes of scouts.

Successful teams typically have hit the nail on the head in the first round with many of their marquee players, but sustained success and overcoming injuries comes from deep rosters bolstered by solid selections in the third, fourth and fifth rounds.

Recent Shrine Game participants include Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield (fourth round, 2006), Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford (third, 2008), Cowboys All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff (seventh, 2005) and Falcons running back Jason Snelling (seventh, 2007).

Check out the Full Column for this year's players to watch.

Posted on: January 16, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:06 pm

Underclassman overload

By Chad Reuter , NFLDraftScout.com

An average class of elite senior talent, and fears about future rookie contract limits, have pushed a huge number of juniors and redshirt sophomores into the 2010 NFL Draft mix.

Fifteen underclassmen went in the first round in 2009, tying the record shared with the 2004 draft. The 23 juniors and third-year sophomores picked in the top two rounds last April, however, set the league record.

Every underclassman deciding whether or not to come out early has a lot of variables to consider: from coaching situations to family considerations to where the NFL Advisory Committee says they might be selected.

Here's a list of top underclassmen who have announced their decision to forgo their remaining eligibility or return to school. Players who have declared they are headed to the NFL can still change their mind, as they have 72 hours after the January 15 deadline to withdraw their names.

Check out the list!

Full Column

Posted on: January 14, 2010 6:11 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2010 6:08 pm

Top 10 Running Backs


It's never too early to start looking forward to the NFL Draft...

And, with that in mind, NFL Draft Tracker is firing up again! This blog will be your one-stop source for all things draft-related. Like last year, we'll be featuring content from our writers, top-notch Community blogs and a mix of the very best work from out third-party affiliates.

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The 2010 NFL Draft is perceived as a class full of defensive talent, led by the Nebraska monster, Ndamukong Suh. There’s also a nice group of offensive tackles that will be vying for top picks and top money.

Understandably, the first round of the draft will most likely be full of those players, with some offensive skill players chosen here or there.

The running back-pool, in particular, looks to be a weak one compared to the last few years, which were stocked with talented ball-carriers all along the board.

The All-Star games and NFL Draft Combine will give some unrecognized backs the chance to show their stuff and move up the draft boards, but, for now, check out...

Bleacher Report’s Top 10 Running Back Prospects.

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