Browns: 20 potential targets on day 3 of the NFL Draft
By Peter Smith
October 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (1) runs the ball to score a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
As the NFL Draft goes to Day 3, the Cleveland Browns have two picks left, but it is important to remember that players will go undrafted that can help this team and there will be a free for all for those players. The Browns might make a move for more picks, but regardless, there are a number of players that I would love to see the Browns take. Obviously, wide receiver is going to continue to get a ton of attention, but there are players at other positions that could really this team.
In no real order:
- Shaq Evans, WR UCLA – Underrated receiver that can contribute now.
- Michael Campanaro, WR Wake Forest – The best pure slot in the draft (if they want another one)
- Martavis Brant, WR Clemson – Pretty good combination of height, weight, speed. Project.
- Bruce Ellington, WR South Carolina – Impressive athlete and overachiever that is still ironing out details of the position
- Jared Abbrederis, WR Wisconsin – Impressive route runner with athleticism after the catch.
- Alden Darby, S Arizona State – Converted corner that is my top strong safety in the class. He can contribute as depth and on special teams.
- Avery Patterson, S Oregon – Short, but pound for pound one of the better hitters in the draft that can also play in coverage and works hard. He can also contribute on special teams.
- Wesley Johnson, OT Vanderbilt – Grinder of an offensive lineman with a ton of experience in the SEC. Can play all 5 spots.
- Brett Smith, QB Wyoming – Similar quarterback to Johnny Manziel in terms of style. Not convinced he is not better. Could be a nice backup for him that can develop in his own right.
- Arthur Lynch, TE Georgia – Nice combo tight end that can block, catch passes and can make plays after the catch. Ready to contribute now.
- Avery Williamson, ILB Kentucky – Player that can do a little bit of everything but still developing. Could backup Karlos Dansby.
- Jordan Tripp, ILB Montana – Can do a little bit of everything but needs to get stronger and just get more experience. Can also long snap. Would compete with Craig Robertson to likely backup Chris Kirksey.
- Derrell Johnson, DE/OLB East Carolina – I’d move him to ILB and just have him be a thumper.
- Pierre Desir, CB Lindenwood – Long corner with press ability and strength.
- Bashaud Breeland, CB Clemson – Big, strong corner that will play the run and can contribute in man and zone.
- Dion Baily, S USC – Would play more like a nickel linebacker and an underneath safety.
- Trevor Reilly, OLB Utah – Tall, athletic linebacker that can rush or drop into coverage
- Jonathan Newsome, OLB Ball State – Athletic, fast pass rusher
- Bryan Stork, C Florida – Nasty run blocker.
- Brandon Coleman, WR Rutgers – 6’6″ 230lb wide receiver.