Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Grading 2009 draft: Cleveland Browns
By Jamison Hensley
All this week, the AFC North blog will take a look back at the 2009 draft for each team in the division. For Tuesday, we'll review the draft for the Cleveland Browns:
First round: Alex Mack, C
Second round: Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi, WRs, and David Veikune, LB
Fourth round: Kaluka Maiava, LB
Sixth round: Don Carey and Coye Francies, CBs
Seventh round: James Davis, RB
Thumbs up: The Browns traded down twice and came away with a Pro Bowl center in Mack, although it's debatable whether the team would be better shape now with Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman (both quarterbacks were selected in the slots that the Browns traded out from). Maiava showed promise in starting six games last year, his best season with the Browns. Other than that, there's not much to smile about.
Thumbs down: You have to question the Browns' strategy when it comes to addressing the wide receiver position. Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt were available in the first round when the Browns selected Mack. Mike Wallace was sitting there in the third round. Instead, Cleveland went with Robiskie, who is no longer with the team, and Massaquoi, who is the No. 2 receiver by default. The other second-round pick, Veikune, is the defensive end for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Hensley's grade: D. All that's left from this draft is a quality center, a marginal starting receiver and an average backup linebacker. This draft, the first under the Eric Mangini regime, is among the reasons why the Browns are digging out of a talent hole.