Do the Browns Get Offensive with the Fifth Pick?


There are some recent rumblings about the Browns possibly selecting an offensive lineman with the fifth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft.  Hopefully, they stay as just that: rumors and rumblings.  This time of year is really just a lot of smoke and mirrors as players begin ascending and descending in stock with the Combine making teams extra loopy.  However, there is always the chance that, with the recent injuries to some highly-touted prospects, OL Andre Smith could fall to the Browns.

Yes, the right side of the offensive line must be fixed, but is it the most pressing matter?  Absolutely not.  I would never have been too keen on picking another offensive lineman so high in the first place, and I am especially reluctant to even consider Andre Smith as a potential draft pick.  The guy is a head case, and has managed to show it off at some of the most inopportune times.  He was suspended for Alabama’s Sugar Bowl loss to Utah and, most recently, went completely missing from the NFL Combine this past weekend.  Apparently, he did so to get a head start on working with his new trainer, but conveniently forgot to tell someone he was peacing out on the folks from the NFL looking to evaluate his talent.

One can assume that Mangini and Kokinis (ManKok) would never draft a player with a character such as this, but there is always time to make the first great blunder and go back on one of those pillars to success.  Now, another Smith – OL Jason Smith, of Baylor, that is – is also highly touted and expected to be gone early on Day One of the draft.  Despite his upside when it comes to the right side of the line in a 3-4, I would be very apprehensive about not going with defense first.  That is, unless a trade was made…

Tags: 2009 NFL Draft Andre Smith Cleveland Browns Offensive Lineman

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    Agreed.  This is connected to the Derrick Ward spin.  The logic goes that Ward showed with New York what a better O-line can do in racking up as many yards as Jamal with 100 fewer carries.  True.  But everything is a matter of priority.  Defense should be the primary focus – linebackers and a guy like Malcolm Jenkins in the secondary.

  • paulbip

    3 QB’s sent to the hospital and an NFL record for consec Q without a TD and you think that the OL is not a priority?

  • paulbip

    For all you Jenkins fans, he stunk up the combine and is now lister as a FS because he is slow.  This board has the Browns listed as taking him at 5. Not good.

  • stevedimatteo

    Paulbip, I know that three QBs went down this season, but, again, I don’t think the OL is THE top priority.  However, with the recent developments (i.e. Aaron Curry’s rise and Malcolm Jenkins fall, as you point out), I could see the Browns draft on the OL – someone like Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe.  It pains me to see no linebackers other than Curry or guys in the secondary worth taking at five.  More than ever the Browns should look at trading down.

  • jaymz77

    Jenkins runs to the ball a lot faster than he runs the 40.  I think he helps cliean up some of the coverage problems and is a big time hitter and fantastic on special teams.  But I may be a bit biased being a Buckeye fan.

  • stevedimatteo

    Good point, jaymz77.  I don’t put all of my eggs in one basket (i.e. the 40).  If the Browns do have to pick at five, I still think my choice has to be Jenkins.

  • draftguru

    The browns should try to land Derrick Ward. Jamaal needs some competition and the back up running backs that cleveland has are pathetic. Then do whatever it takes to get Curry.

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    I think Ward would be content playing in tandem with Lewis.  All he wants is more carries than last year in NY, and he would get that in Cleveland.  He’s not that young but his stats are very good.  I know that the O-line in NY had a lot to do with that, but with 100 less carries than Jamal last year he ran for about the same number of yards.  Not bad.

  • draftguru

    Ward and Lewis taking turns in the backfield would be pretty sweet, with Ward getting most of the carries or equal to Lewis. I want Curry on the Browns next year. Followed by Clay Matthews jr in the second round. Jenkins is over hyped I personally don’t think he is all that good.