With conflicting reports about the health of potential pick Da’Quan Bowers’ knee, it seems like the path might be paved for the Cleveland Browns to select a wide receiver – either Julio Jones of Alabama or A.J. Green of Georgia – with the sixth overall pick in this month’s NFL Draft.
While reports that Bowers might need microfracture surgery on his right knee have been disputed, he already needed surgery in January to repair a torn meniscus and was unable to work out at the combine in February. That being said, the Browns aren’t exactly in a position to take a big risk on a player with prior health issues.
The same goes for defensive end Robert Quinn out of North Carolina. Quinn would be another potential option for the Browns, but he comes with a whole set of his own problems, ranging from having to sit out last season for accepting illegal benefits and having a poor Pro Day to having medical concerns of his own.
That leaves both Jones and Green, two wide receivers that would be a good fit for the Browns because, well, the Browns could use just about anyone at the position these days.
The predictions on what Cleveland will do with the sixth pick seem to change on a daily basis, but these questions surrounding both defensive ends might start to clear the way for a wide receiver to come to the Browns. It’s likely that at least one will be available when the Browns make the sixth pick, and it’s starting to become more evident that the team should go in that direction.