Cleveland Browns No. 2 WR prospect to watch: Alec Pierce, University of Cincinnati
Alec Pierce is considered a day two pick-up in the draft. With the Browns having eight picks at this point, it wouldn’t surprise me if the team were to look at the University of Cincinnati receiver closely this week at the Senior Bowl. He is tall, standing at 6-3. He has good speed and can adjust on a dime depending on how his opponents play him defensively. He has excellent hands and can grab almost anything in his vicinity.
The Bearcat receiver had an outstanding senior year as his team made it to the college playoff semifinal game. He caught 52 passes for 884 yards and eight touchdowns for the season. He was also a long jumper in high school so his ability to jump is excellent. His ability to catch the ball and gain more yardage after the catch is good. His route running and ability to cut on the dime are all great as well.
He’s a player that may not have the name recognition of the players that will be drafted in the first round but he’s definitely a name that the Browns are evaluating as we speak.
Cleveland Browns No. 1 WR prospect to watch: Romeo Doubs, Nevada
Romeo Doubs had a stellar college career at Nevada. He collected over 3,322 yards over his four years with the Wolfpack. In the last two seasons, he had 1,002 yards and 9 touchdowns his junior season and 1,109 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior campaign.
He had four games of catching the football for more than 100 yards. That included a 19 catches effort and 203 yards against Fresno State. Against a good Kansas State team, and member of the Big 12, he collected seven receptions for 121 yards. And he finished his senior season catching two touchdowns in each of the last three games.
According to a story on The Draft Network by Bryan Perez, Doubs has been showcasing his skills at the Senior Bowl practices.
He’s a tall receiver at 6-2 with speed, both much needed for a Cleveland team searching for quality receivers. He’s considered to have good hands and is a solid route runner. Most draft projections have him going in the second or third round.
Cleveland has many options at the wide receiver position in this year’s draft as there are some 13 wide receivers projected to be taken in the first 100 picks. Even if the team were to pass on taking a wide receiver in the first round as many expect, there are many other quality draft hopefuls.
Keep an eye too on these wide receivers as well when they suit up Saturday at the Senior Bowl. Calvin Austin III out of Memphis, Khalil Shakir from Boise State, and Dontario Drummond, from Ole Miss. I imagine one of these players or the ones we just analyzed will be in Berea this next football season for the Browns.