On my return to the blog, let's take a look at Phil Savage's draft classes and how they look after cutdown day with the new regime. I posted this on Browns.com Message Boards also for those who think I may be stealing it from there.
1/13. Kamerion Wimbley (not playing up to the level we drafted him but could develop)
2/34. DQ Jackson (I liked the pick at the time and he is our best LB now, great pick but consider we traded Jeff Faine to get him)
3/78. Travis Wilson (a SWWWWIIIIINNNGGG and a miss, out of NFL)
4/110. Leon Williams (never has played to potential on scrimmage plays but valuable as a special teamer. made this year's team, maybe ManKok can get the best out of him)
4/112. Isaac Sowells (finally released in year 4 after showing nothing on the field nor getting on it much)
5/145. Jerome Harrison (jury's still out but he sure has given us more already than most Day 2 runninbacks do)
5/152. DeMario Minter (it was a low-risk high-reward pick that didn't turn out. he's now with the Florida Tuskers of the UFL, good for him)
6/180. Lawrence Vickers (great pick low in the draft, he's an above-average NFL fullback)
6/181. Babatunde Oshinowo (I had more hope for him than what he did -- not much. has bounced around from 5 teams and is currently a free agent)
7/222. Justin Hamilton (made the team for a year but got hurt in 2007 and was waived from Washington in 2008. out of football)
Overall: 5/10 players still on the team four years later, including 2/3 first day picks and a very solid 3/7 second day picks. the other 5/10 are out of the NFL, oddly enough
Starters: Wimbley, Jackson, Vickers
Potential Pro Bowlers: Wimbley, Jackson, Vickers
Overall Grade: B+ (the Wilson pick was a waste and I wish we would have taken Ngata over Wimbley. At the time that's who I wanted. Also, you never want to trade down with a division rival. But Wimbley has shown flashes and DQ was a great pick for the 2nd round. Getting value like Harrison and Vickers on the 2nd day balanced out the Wilson bust)
2007-2008 up next...
1/3. Joe Thomas (I didn't want him, I wanted Peterson. Overall, he has been a stud of a LT, one of the best in the game, but still we missed that HOF running back...)
1/22. Brady Quinn (jury's still out but if he turns out to be our franchise QB, this draft's stock jumps tremendously)
2/53. Eric Wright (has played well at times and bad at others. jury's still out but he needs to take more steps this year. our best DB playmaker)
5/140. Brandon McDonald (getting the production we have out of this 5th round pick is very solid)
6/200. Melila Purcell (waived by the new regime, didn't show much)
7/213. Chase Pittman (never made the active roster)
7/234. Syndric Steptoe (did some good things but shouldn't have been a starter last year. burned his bridges here)
Overall: 4/7 players still with team
Starters: Thomas, Quinn?, Wright, McDonald
Potential Pro Bowlers: Thomas (2), Quinn, Wright
Overall Grade: we traded a LOT of picks to get Quinn. If he turns out to be our answer, this draft gets a MAJOR A due to Thomas being a Hall of Fame-looking left tackle. Wright and McDonald are both starters and solid and still improving. Couldn't expect much from the three picks in the 200s. If Quinn becomes average, this draft gets a B+, if he's a total bust, it gets a C+
Didn't have many picks in this draft due to trades. I will insert the player as if we drafted them in that round.
1. Brady Quinn trade
2. Corey Williams trade (not getting a good value on our investment as he isn't even starting this year. needs to continue to learn the 3-4 and figure some things out or this is a huge miss)
3. Shaun Rogers (packaged this pick with Leigh Bodden looking like a steal. I still have questions about his attitude but he's a Pro Bowler)
4/104. Beau Bell (bust of a 4th round pick who we just cut. maybe a practice squad candidate)
4/111. Martin Rucker (not progressing how we have hoped but has some potential. not a bad value-gamble)
6/190. Ahtyba Rubin (solid player as our backup nose tackle, still have yet to see how good he can be)
6/191. Paul Hubbard (never made our team in two tries)
7/200. Alex Hall (excellent value pick could be a stud at OLB)
Overall: 3/5 still with team, 2/5 just released from roster
Starters: Rogers, Hall?
Potential Pro Bowlers: Rogers (1 with us), Hall
Overall Analysis: Considering the Rogers and Williams acquisitions and disregarding Quinn as part of last year's draft, I give this draft a B-. The 2nd round "pick" of Williams was a bad trade, the Rogers trade was one of the best in our team's history to this point. Bell was a bust, Rucker still could be good. Rubin is solid depth and Alex Hall was one of Savage's yearly 2nd day gems, a player with a higher ceiling than Wimbley in my opinion.
Chris Perez's 20 2/3 scoreless innings streak is the longest by a Tribe reliever since Paul Assenmacher tossed 23 1/3 straight scoreless in 1997.
Michael Brantley has a hit in each of his first six Major League games. It's the longest such streak to open a career by a Tribe player since Josh Bard hit in his first nine games in 2002.