There are no sure things when it comes to the NFL draft. However, for the Cleveland Browns, they are in no position to be drafting busts. While in the middle of a major (or perpetual) rebuilding project, it is essential that the Browns select players that can be contributors, some right away and others within a few seasons.
Time will tell with the Browns’ 2012 draft class, but it looks like there is some serious potential. With running back Trent Richardson, quarterback Brandon Weeden and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, the team is already potentially looking at three immediate starters. Beyond that, the Browns are looking at plenty of projects, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few more players become contributors.
Calling them contributors doesn’t mean they have to be starters. Depth players are just as important, especially for the Browns. If a player is getting on the field with regularity, that’s a contributor.
Here’s a rundown of the Browns’ 2012 draft class:
Round 1: RB Trent Richardson
Round 1: QB Brandon Weeden
Round 2: OT Mitchell Schwartz
Round 3: DT John Hughes
Round 4: WR Travis Benjamin
Round 4: LB James-Michael Johnson
Round 5: OT Ryan Miller
Round 6: LB Emmanuel Acho
Round 6: DT Billy Winn
Round 7: CB Trevin Wade
Round 7: RB Brad Smelley