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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
AFC North: Revisiting the Browns' 2006 draft

By James Walker

Posted by's James Walker

This is the second of a three-day series examining drafts for each AFC North team over the past three years. Grades are based on performance, where players were picked (too high, too low) and whether they remain with their original team.

Here is a look at the Browns' 2006 draft:

Cleveland Browns: 2006 Draft
1.13Kamerion WimbleyOLBFlorida State
2.34D'Qwell JacksonILBMaryland
3.78Travis Wilson WROklahoma
4.110Leon Williams LBMiami (Fla.)
4.112Isaac SowellsGIndiana
5.145Jerome HarrisonRBWashington State
5.152DeMario MinterCBGeorgia
6.180Lawrence VickersFBColorado
6.181Baba OshinowoDTStanford
7.222Justin HamiltonDBVirginia Tech

Analysis: The Browns didn't hit any home runs in this draft, but they gave themselves some building blocks to work with. First-round pick Kamerion Wimbley and second-round pick D'Qwell Jackson are both quality starting linebackers. In the second round the Browns just missed out on DeMeco Ryans, who went one pick ahead of Jackson to the Houston Texans and was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. Cleveland did well with a pair of late-round running backs in Jerome Harrison and fullback Lawrence Vickers. Both are contributors, and Vickers
was an alternate for the Pro Bowl last season. Fourth-rounders Leon Williams and Isaac Sowells both provide the team depth at the linebacker and guard position, respectively.

Grade: B

Next we look at the Pittsburgh Steelers.