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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
BEREA, Ohio -- In the midst of writing about the dozens of college rookies joining the AFC North this weekend, we didn't expound much on the three new players the Cleveland Browns gained from the New York Jets during their blockbuster trade.
Cleveland traded its No. 5 overall pick to New York for the trio of players and its first- and second-round picks. The Jets ended up taking USC quarterback Mark Sanchez with Cleveland's fifth pick. In all, the Browns now have seven former Jets on their team from last season.
Here's a breakdown of the newest crop of arrivals:
Kenyon Coleman, DE, eight years experience
How he fits: Coleman is a solid 3-4 defensive end who will not give you a lot in terms of pass rush, but he is good in run support and filling his gap assignments. He made 136 tackles the past two years as the starting defensive end for the Jets. The eight-year veteran is the most proven player of the three Jets and likely will start at defensive end for Browns in 2009.
How he fits: Elam was a player Browns coach Eric Mangini coveted in free agency. Mangini signed the once restricted free-agent safety to an offer sheet in March that the Jets matched. Now Cleveland acquired Elam in a trade. Elam is versatile. He had 69 tackles, two sacks and one interception last season. Elam has a very good chance of starting at safety opposite Brodney Pool.
Brett Ratliff, QB, two years experience
How he fits: There isn't much known about Ratliff, who hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL. But the 23-year-old quarterback caught the eye of Mangini in New York with his work ethic, which is a quality Cleveland's coach really likes in his players. The Browns had an opening for a third quarterback behind Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, and those two are set to compete for a starting spot. Ratliff is mostly considered a project.
In addition, Cleveland added first-round pick Alex Mack, a center from the University of California, and defensive end/linebacker David Veikune with New York's second-round selection (No. 52 overall).
Sanchez has the potential to be a star in the NFL. But the Browns chose strength in numbers in hopes that Cleveland's five new players can be solid next season.