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If the Browns take a defensive end, they will at least land a player with a really cool first name. Who do you like between Damontre, Bjoern, Ezekiel, Jarvis and Barkevious?
Well, I think Cornellius and Dion are pretty cool names too. One of those could have been a good pick for the Browns, the other one will be.
In my view, the ’13 pass rusher with the most impressive tape is Florida State’s Cornellius “Tank” Carradine. He surprisingly outperformed teammate Bjoern Werner, who wasn’t quite as consistent as folks hoped. Tank’s very similar to 2012 first round pick Chandler Jones, a player Lombardi raved about before last year’s draft.
Unfortunately, Carradine isn’t an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense, especially after suffering a torn ACL late in the season, but the long & strong pass rusher should be a very good pro. It won’t be in Cleveland; I very much hope it isn’t in Cincinnati.
If Carradine’s out of the equation, the SEC products could appeal to the Browns. Jarvis Jones and Damontre Moore both were highly productive and have experience playing rush backer, which should make their transitions rather seamless. Moore would appear to be the “safe” pick, given that he doesn’t have Jones’ medical history (neck) or Barkevious Mingo’s questionable 2012 tape, but his pass rush potential may be limited.
However, the more intriguing upside options to keep an eye on at the Combine are Ezekiel Ansah and Dion Jordan. They’ve drawn lofty comparisons to some of the NFL’s top pass rushers, which are instructive in interesting ways.
Ansah’s frequently compared to Jason Pierre-Paul, a comparison I’m not very fond of. Both had limited resumes coming out of school yet already possessed a rare combination of length & closing speed. But even though he wasn’t a productive sack artist at USF, Pierre-Paul displayed the ability to beat offensive tackles in a variety of ways, including by dipping his shoulder to win around the edge. Ansah hasn’t consistently displayed that ability. Without that in his repertoire, he could prove to be a fairly limited big league pass rusher.
Jordan, on the other hand, has drawn comparisons to Aldon Smith. Some analysts dislike the comparison because Smith displayed more power in his game while at Mizzou, but I do think it has some validity.
The differences between the prospects largely is a product of circumstance. Smith suffered a leg injury his last year at Mizzou, which sapped his burst; consequently, he was forced to rely on strength more than pure edge speed. Jordan, on the other hand, largely focused on winning with athleticism because it worked for him, both in coverage and as a pass rusher. However, he did flash the strong, violent hands that premier pass rushers must have. Hopefully, he’ll make good use of those mitts and become a premier 3-4 OLB.
And to satisfy Kanicki, is Margus Hunt the defensive steal of this draft?
Hunt is king of the bowl game. Both last year against Pittsburgh and more recently against Fresno State, he put together veritably JJ Watt-ian performances. Unfortunately, the SMU product didn’t consistently play up to that level. Injuries played a role, but the Estonian defensive end still needs to smooth some of the rough edges in his game. If he doesn’t lower his pad level, NFL offensive linemen will put him on skates.
However, while an over aged prospect, Hunt does possess tantalizing upside. He’s likely tops among a cluster of long, athletic big men who’ll intrigue 3-4 squads in the mid-rounds. Michigan State’s Will Gholston and Utah’s Joe Kruger are two others to watch out for.
And what about one of my personal favorites, UC’s Walter Stewart?
Stewart was one of my favorite pass rush prospects before the neck issues arose. Perhaps no prospect in this class possesses a more natural skill set for playing 3-4 OLB than the Cincinnati product. He already has plenty of experience playing linebacker and displays tremendous explosion rushing with his hand up or in the dirt. In fact, Stewart’s speed & relentlessness off the edge remind me of former Wisconsin Badger O’Brien Schofield, who ended up playing the position for Ray Horton in Arizona.
Unfortunately, like Schofield, Stewart enters the draft with injury/medical concerns. The question of whether being born without a posterior C-1 arch should forestall his NFL career is beyond my pay grade. What I do know, however, is that Stewart’s the type of high character individual any team would benefit from having in its locker room. And if he is able to continue his career, the Ohio native could quickly mature into a quality starter.
Is Tavon Austin the most exciting player in this draft?
Yes. Probably his biggest rival is Cordarrelle Patterson, who possesses rare lateral agility for a big receiver.
Is Keenan Allen the most boring?
Perhaps, but more due to his half-brother Zach Maynard, who did a great job of not getting him the ball.
As a concession to Rob Chudzinski, the Browns could take a tight end. How much separation is there from Zach Ertz to Travis Kelce?
Ertz offers more as a receiver, but Kelce actually has a more well-rounded game. Had an injury not kept him out of the Senior Bowl, Kelce would have impressed with his determined blocking and underrated receiving skills. Instead, the Combine will be a very good opportunity for him to showcase his skills.
Ultimately, I expect Kelce to be selected in the second frame. The Browns would be wise to figure out a way to make sure the Cleveland Heights native doesn’t leave town.
If not Kelce, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa would be a logical option later in the draft. His college head coach has signed on as the Browns’ tight end coach, so continuing his development in Cleveland would make a whole lot of sense.
Is the overall quality of this draft as bad as some suggest?
The draft isn’t especially rich at the top but has very good depth. Unlike, say, 2009, it’s a good year to have a lot of early/mid-round picks. The Browns could use a second, though I bet they’re cool with having Josh Gordon instead.
Let’s finally ask the two questions everyone has been waiting for: the Browns will definitely NOT select:
And with the 6th overall pick in the draft, the Cleveland Browns select:
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