Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Poll results: Browns' biggest draft need
By Jamison Hensley
According to the SportsNation poll, the running back position is the Cleveland Browns' biggest need heading into the NFL draft. But it didn't win by much.
In one of the closest AFC North polls, 37 percent of voters say running back is the biggest hole on the roster. It edged out the wide receiver position by two percent. Quarterback and offensive tackle both received 14 percent.
I guess I'm in the minority on this one. I would've voted for offensive tackle, namely the right one. The Browns cut starting right tackle Tony Pashos and didn't re-sign backup Artis Hicks. If the season started today, Cleveland would go with Oniel Cousins, a Ravens castoff who has started five games in four seasons.
This isn't to say the Browns should take a right tackle in the first round. Cleveland still needs to draft the best player available. But, in the worst-case scenario, the Browns could make do with Colt McCoy, Montario Hardesty and Greg Little. They couldn't run an effective offense with Cousins at right tackle.
Offense has to be the focus for the Browns in this draft, which is obvious to everyone who watched Cleveland this season. The Browns ranked 29th in total yards (288.8 per game) and 30th in points (13.6).