You likely haven’t heard of Da’Shawn Hand, and if you have, perhaps you’ve forgotten about him. He is the former No. 5 recruit in the nation, and Thursday we watched a few of his peers walk across the stage and hug the commissioner.
Leonard Fournette, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, and Hand’s former teammate Cam Robinson were Nos. 1-4 respectively in the 2014 rankings. Robinson was taken in the second round, while the other three were taken in the first. Look further down the drafted players list, and you’ll find names like Adoree’ Jackson, Dalvin Cook, and Teez Tabor. But you won’t find Hand.
Get some secondary help. The Browns ranked 21st in the league last year against the pass, but Pro Football Focus ranked Cleveland’s secondary 28th in the league for 2016. It’s a deep class for cornerbacks and safeties. Improved pass coverage should help the front seven get pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
Find offensive playmakers. After letting Terrelle Pryor go in free agency, the Browns lack dynamic playmakers who are dangerous with the ball in their hands. They could go with someone like tight end O.J. Howard, who is a versatile playmaker, with the 12th overall pick. If they want to wait until later in the draft, someone like wide receiver ArDarius Stewart out of Alabama may be a good choice in the third round.
Add a lineman, but not until Day 3. Right tackle is really Cheap Jerseys In Canada the only question after bolstering their line during the offseason. The Browns could still bring back Austin Pasztor, and they have Cam Erving and Shon Coleman on the roster to compete for the job. This Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball isn’t the best draft class for tackles, but Cleveland should consider a developmental prospect, like Florida’s David Sharpe, who should be available in the fourth round.
But the most important thing the Browns have to do is use each pick wisely.