Disclaimer: Read this and enjoy for the sole purpose of entertainment. I am one person doing these write-ups on all 32 teams. I'm going to miss some things on your team so feel free to chime in and tell me where I may be steering your franchise wrong.
The Draft so far...
1. Luke Joekel, OT (KC)
2. Jarvis Jones, OLB (JAC)
3. Star Lotulelei, DT (OAK)
4. Eric Fisher, OT (PHI)
5. Dee Milliner, CB (DET)
Last year we were among the four teams that selected a quarterback in the first round. If only we had taken Russell Wilson instead of Weeden!! Oh well, you can't play the game with hindsight (unfortunately) and we have to evaluate where we stand now. Being the new GM, it's up to me whether we give Weeden another shot or if we go in a different direction. Part of me sees that he looked pretty good at times in his rookie debut and an argument can be made that we should give him another year or two in order for us to gauge his progress (or lack thereof). He had moments where he looked good and others when you just had to shake your head, but that's the case with most rookies. His number one receiver was a rookie as was his running back so that could have effected him as well. Another part of me sees that he looked erratic and was not a very nimble guy. I also see an old rookie. At 30, is he going to develop quickly enough for us to benefit? Behind Weeden is former third round pick Colt McCoy who is a very good guy waiting in the wings. His starting days are over, but he can win games if he's called upon to play.
The strength of our offensive line is another reason I may be willing to give Weeden a bit more time. A young QB needs to feel comfortable in the pocket and we have one of the better lines in the league. Our blind-side protector, Joe Thomas, has lived up to his hype and is among the elite talents at left tackle. We don't have anyone else at that level of talent, but the other guys are no slouches either. If any position could stand an upgrade, it would have to be right guard, where Shawn Lauvao was the worst player of a good line.
Our skill positions haven't been league leaders to say the least. We used our second rounder in this year's draft to take Josh Gordon in last year's supplemental draft. He had a few red flags, but so far, that investment is paying off. In 2012, he came in after missing most of the off season and took only a few games to start showing flashes of the star he could be, but he still has improvements to make. His partner in crime, Greg Little, has shown very inconsistent hands. It's a shame too because when the Browns traded away from Julio Jones, I thought they made a great move by picking up Little. He has the physical tools, but it's looking more and more like he lacks the mental focus to be a reliable target. We only have two other guys currently, and they both came out of the 2012 class...one was undrafted. Receiver is a position that we need to address and luckily, this draft class appears deep at the position. At tight end, I feel this organization made a big mistake in letting Evan Moore go. I really liked his upside and he seemed like a guy on the rise. We lost Ben Watson to free agency and are left with 2011 fourth rounder Jordan Cameron and not much else. Our real offensive star is playing running back. Trent Richardson is a beast that defenses will have trouble containing for a long time. Our depth at running back is good as well with Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya.
We're switching to the 3-4 defense and when you do that, you need to find players that can fit that scheme. We have our nose tackle with Phil Taylor. He's been playing in our 4-3 scheme, but he's much better suited to plug as the nose in a 3-4 line. We also have big John Hughes to rotate in or to use alongside Taylor in obvious run situations. We needed some help at defensive end so we picked up Desmond Bryant in free agency. He had four sacks in eight games last year when playing for Oakland and if we can get six to eight sacks from a defensive end in the 3-4, we'll be very happy with the decision to sign him. At the other DE spot, we have a few guys that will compete for the starting position, but depth is needed and we could use a rookie to give these guys competition.
Our linebackers are looking good. Jabaal Sheard has the physical talent to excel in this scheme at one of the outside linebackers spots. We brought in Paul Kruger from our division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens to man the other side. His experience will help him be an immediate team leader and it never hurts to bring in players with a Super Bowl ring to inspire the others. Our inside linebackers are a bit of a question. I think we'll move D'Qwell Jackson to the weak-side spot, but we really need to find out who's playing next to him. Chris Gocong is decent, but he's more of an all-purpose backup guy. We'll give last year's draft choices, James-Michael Johnson and Tank Carder fight it out in training camp for the starting position.
In the secondary, we have one of the top young corners with Joe Haden, but upgrades could be had opposite him and for our slot corner. Sheldon Brown is no longer with the team in the tooth and Buster Skrine seems to draw more flags than any corner in the league. In the middle of the secondary, we like having T.J. Ward at strong safety, but we could stand a top-flight guy next to him.
On to the draft...
Looking over the prospects, I see a couple guys that we really need to consider. A guy I like a lot in this draft is defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. He's right around 300 pounds and if he can play defensive end in the 3-4, he'd be at least another pressure playing opposite of Bryant. We could also seriously consider Geno Smith. I really don't like how old Weeden is and being a new regime, we have no loyalty to him. A third guy I'm strongly considering is OLB/DE Dion Jordan. I love this player! I really believe he has a chance to be named Defensive Rookie of the Year. After tossing the names and going over the positives and negatives, with the sixth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select, Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida. Our scouts have told me this guy could be the next Warren Sapp as far as the pressure he put on opposing quarterbacks. I didn't go with Geno Smith because Weeden was only a rookie last year. We need to give him time to develop chemistry with Josh Gordon and we need to give him other quality weapons before we decide he can't play. As for Dion Jordan, well, we brought in Kruger so Jordan would have been somewhat of a luxury pick.
With no second round pick, we look to round three. There, we'll consider the players at corner, safety and tight end. We see a controversial corner with big upside is still on the board and we scoop him up. We'll gamble our third round pick on The Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu. A lot of people are down on him, but he simply has too much talent at a position of need for us not to take a shot on him. When you're a franchise that's been down this long, you have to take chances to compete. In rounds 4-7, we'll concentrate on corner, safety, tight end, inside linebacker, wide receiver, and guard: taking the best combo of players we can as the draft moves along.