Keep Filling Needs
After losing both Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz in free agency, only the left side (40%) of the offensive line is good. The rest of the line is inconsistent or are question marks. The need to upgrade the offensive line is even more important than I believe some people realize. With about half of a line, the Browns cannot do anything successful regularly.
Do you really believe in the Austin Pastzor‘s of the world, even on a short-term plan? I do not. Joe Haeg has plenty to work with but also a lot to work on. Coming from the FCS level and transitioning to the NFL is going to be the biggest hurdle, but Haeg’s skill set is very good and under-appreciated.
The Cleveland Browns need more players who can score the football, and make plays in the passing game. Charone Peake can do just that. Peake is not viewed as a number one wide receiver, but he can be a very good second wide receiver — either way he can and should start. In 2015, Peake had a much better season after two previously injury-riddled seasons.
Somehow Nick Martin continues to slide down the draft. Pick after pick and his name is still not announced until now. His value is too good to pass up here, which is why Cleveland actually trades up and selects him.
Martin’s older brother, Zach Martin, is one of the best interior linemen for the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL. It is hard to compare and expect the same level of play out the younger Martin.
Yet, if he can continue to make progress in his rookie season, the Cleveland Browns will be happy with this selection. With Cameron Erving the favorite to start at center, Martin’s selection gives Cleveland more depth at both center and guard, in addition to (at least) solid starting potential at any interior position.
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