|Cleveland Browns 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor (6-3, 334);
2 - Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh (6-3, 264);
2 - Greg Little, WR, North Carolina (6-2, 231);
4 - Jordan Cameron, TE, USC (6-5, 254);
4 - Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford (6-0, 248);
5 - Buster Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chattanooga (5-9, 186);
5 - Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh (6-3, 317);
7 - Eric Hagg, S, Nebraska (6-1, 209)
Top Picks Analysis: The decision-making tandem of president Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert quickly addressed the Browns' two greatest needs through this draft. A defensive line that was devoid of starting-caliber talent added two likely Day One regulars in the beefy Taylor, who perfectly fits the profile new coordinator Dick Jauron wants in a tackle, and Sheard, a skilled pass rusher and high-energy player who went a bit overlooked due to the outstanding depth of this year's end class. Little will need some coaching up after sitting out the entire 2010 season for his involvement in North Carolina's well-publicized agent scandal, but he's a physical specimen with strong hands and the potential to eventually emerge as the No. 1 receiver Cleveland is seeking for its West Coast offense. The best move the Browns made, however, was trading down from the No. 6 overall spot and collecting four high picks from Atlanta that included the Falcons' first-round choice in 2012.
Best Value Pick: Sheard would have been a first-rounder in most drafts but was a victim of a well-stocked assortment of talent at his position. His teammate at Pittsburgh, Pinkston, was a two-time All-Big East honoree at left tackle, but the Browns believe he can eventually become a starter at guard.
We Question Why: The Browns used a fourth-round pick on Marecic, a blocking specialist and possible special-teams ace who probably won't have much of a role in the offense.
Summary: By filling glaring voids on the defensive line and wide receiver with worthwhile prospects and picking up an extra No. 1 pick for next year, the Browns come out as one of the big winners in this draft.
FINAL GRADE: A