The Cleveland Browns have signed four of its eight draft picks. Under contract as of yesterday are linebacker Kaluka Maiava (4th round), cornerbacks Don Carey and Coye Francies and running back James Davis (the latter three players from the 6th round).
The Team will now be working hard to get the other four draft picks signed before the July 24 reporting date: Alex Mack (our first pick in the Draft) and second rounders David Veikune (linebacker), Brian Robiskie (receiver) and Mohamed Massoquoi (receiver).
Of the four draftees under contract thus far, we are attracted most to Davis. This guy could very well have went earlier in the Draft. The Clemson Tiger is not a huge package at 5 foot eleven and 210 pounds, but he can provide a real contrast to the running style of Jamal Lewis. In fact, Lewis, Harrison and Davis, with some help from Vickers’ blocking and some runs of his own in short yardage situations, the Browns are positioned to have a good running game this season. The revamped and better balanced offensive line will of course contribute to that.
There is no question that Davis has the raw talent to make an immediate impact this year. In his last four seasons, he ran for more than 1000 yards twice. For three seasons, his average yards per carry was 5 or better. For three seasons, he scored 9 or more TDs. And he is very careful with the football – 0 fumbles in four seasons.
We think that Mangini and Daboll will find ways to utilize Harrison and Vickers more this season. That will take some pressure off Jamal. With the advent of Davis, our arsenal in the backfield will keep the opposing defense on its heels.