Sunday, April 26, 2009

Quick Liftoffs: 4-26

Draft Day is complete for the Cleveland Browns and the Cavaliers advance to the Eastern Conference Semis with a four game sweep of the Bad (as in skill, not attitude) Boys from Detroit.

After trading down three times in the first round, helping the Jets acquire franchise QB Mark Sanchez, the Browns took a center in Alex Mack from Cal. They went on to use two 2nd round picks on young wideouts, Brian Robiskie from Ohio State and Mohamed Massaquoi from Georgia. Both should complement "non-traded" Braylon Edwards and stretch the field for also non-traded Brady Quinn. They closed out the first day by taking a versatile DE/OLB from Hawaii, David Veikune.

On the second day, the Browns filled depth holes at CB, LB and picked up a young runningback, James Davis from Clemson.

Overall, the Browns selected players with high marks in character and were generally safe picks. Needs were filled on the outside and inside and depth was added across the board. All of these picks should be relatively cheap and easy to sign and many may contribute to the team right away.

Overall Grade: B-


1st (21):^ Alex Mack, C, California

2nd (36): Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State

2nd (50):* Mohamed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia

2nd (52): David Veikune, DE/OLB, Hawaii

4th (104): Kaluka Maiava, LB, USC

6th (177): Don Carey, CB, Norfolk State

6th (191):* Coye Francies, CB, San Jose State

6th (195):^ James Davis, RB, Clemson

*from Tampa Bay

^from Philadelphia

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