Friday, May 9, 2014
Browns pick Joel Bitonio in 2nd
By Pat McManamon
BEREA, Ohio -- The pick: Joel Bitonio, offensive tackle, Nevada
My take: In Bitonio, the Cleveland Browns added a big, mean, nasty offensive lineman who can play guard or tackle. It would figure that the Browns would move Bitonio inside, since they have stood by Mitchell Schwartz opposite Joe Thomas. Bitonio is highly regarded and should be a good addition to the line, even if he’s not a receiver.
Wideouts: At this point, Browns fans have to be reeling from the news that wide receiver Josh Gordon faces a one-year ban for another failed drug test. Adding a nasty tackle might not soothe those feelings, especially since the Browns passed on a number of good receivers at this spot, including Cody Latimer of Indiana and Marqise Lee of USC. If Gordon is indeed suspended for a calendar year, it leaves the Browns void of playmakers at the spot and of the team’s most important player. At some point, the Browns need to find someone to catch passes.
What’s next: The Browns have the seventh pick in the third round, the 71st overall. Doesn’t that have to be a wide receiver?