The Cleveland Browns made several good selections this weekend at the recent NFL draft, but they passed on a few players that they will likely regret
When the Cleveland Browns slid back to pick No. 68 in the third round of the NFL Draft recently held in Las Vegas and then drafted a relatively unknown cornerback from Mississippi State with that pick most Browns fans were shaking their heads in somewhat disbelief.
While others that cheered for the team kept saying “trust the process” that Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry was taking in this draft, it still felt like we were missing out on selecting a mountain of more talented prospects and more importantly passing on players that could help our team more. Cornerback was not a position on the team that really needed much more depth, at least we thought that on Friday night when the initial pick for Martin Emerson at No. 68 took place.
We found out later, as Saturday unfolded, that veteran corner Troy Hill was being traded back to the Los Angeles Rams, the team he came from to the Browns last season. So, the addition of Emerson does make more sense now.
Berry then made a few more good picks Friday as he grabbed a work-in-progress defensive end, Alex Wright, from UAB and then got wide receiver David Bell from Purdue, who could be an outstanding possession receiver.
On Saturday the team made some nice moves again by drafting an exuberant defensive end Perrion Winfrey from Oklahoma. His local media conference call and the energy he brought to that have fans of the team wanting to buy his jersey already.
Oh, did I forget to mention the Browns actually drafted a kicker in Cade York from LSU? Maybe the team’s struggles in the kicking game will now be resolved.
But I digress, despite these good selections by Cleveland, they did pass on many talented players that could very well come back to haunt this team for years to come. Let’s look at a few of these players now.