ATENEARS Posted April 29, 2010 Report Share Posted April 29, 2010 Tony Grossi's blog: Cleveland Browns 2010 depth chart still lacking at some positions By Tony Grossi, The Plain Dealer April 28, 2010, 3:52PM CLEVELAND -- The first official 2010 Browns depth chart won't be released by coach Eric Mangini until a few days before the first preseason game Aug. 14 against Green Bay. Here's a calculated guess at what it would look like right now after the completion of last weekend's draft and heading into the minicamp season: Offense WR -- Josh Cribbs, Chansi Stuckey, Jake Allen LT -- Joe Thomas LG -- Eric Steinbach, Billy Yates, Pat Murray C -- Alex Mack, Eric Ghiaciuc RG -- Floyd Womack, Shawn Lauvao RT -- Tony Pashos, John St. Clair WR -- Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Robiskie, Carlton Mitchell TE -- Ben Watson, Robert Royal, Evan Moore, Greg Estandia QB -- Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, Brett Ratliff, Colt McCoy FB -- Lawrence Vickers, Peyton Hillis RB -- Jerome Harrison, Montario Hardesty, James Davis, Chris Jennings, Thomas Brown Defense LE -- Kenyon Coleman, C.J. Mosley, Derreck Robinson NT -- Shaun Rogers, Ahtyba Rubin, Brian Schaefering RE -- Robaire Smith, Clifton Geathers, Titus Adams LOLB -- Matt Roth, David Veikune LILB -- David Bowens, Eric Barton, Jason Trusnik, Titus Brown RILB -- Scott Fujita, D'Qwell Jackson, Kaluka Maiava, Blake Costanzo ROLB -- Chris Gocong, Marcus Benard LCB -- Eric Wright, Joe Haden, Gerard Lawson, Ramzee Robinson RCB -- Sheldon Brown, Brandon McDonald, Coye Francies FS -- Abram Elam, Mike Adams, Ray Ventrone SS -- T.J. Ward, Larry Asante, Nick Sorensen Now for a few points about this depth chart. • There is an obvious need for a solid third offensive tackle. Lauvao started 12 games at left tackle and four at right tackle his last two seasons at Arizona State, but is not considered a tackle candidate in the NFL because of his size (6-3) and shorter arm length. This position is virtually non-existent in free agency at this point. • The Browns have expressed confidence in their receiving corps, but a veteran pickup seems inevitable. The free agent pool is shallow with Terrell Owens and Lavernues Coles at the top. Others include Kelley Washington, Joey Galloway and Greg Lewis. GM Tom Heckert was with Philadelphia when Lewis entered the league as an undrafted free agent with Philadelphia in 2003. There is some speculation in Dallas the Cowboys might trade Patrick Crayton, but it's not likely to happen until they make sure Dez Bryant gets through training camp healthy. • Maybe the Browns feel they have enough receiving threats at the other positions when you consider the abilities of Watson, Moore and Harrison in the passing game. There are also the WildDawg options involving Cribbs and Wallace. • Key restricted free agents Vickers, Harrison, Roth, Jackson and Elam still have not signed their one-year contract tenders and have remained absent from the offseason conditioning program. • It's possible the Browns could move Rogers to right end and make Rubin the starting nose tackle. Rogers could eventually receive an NFL suspension for his gun-related arrest at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport last month. • Theoretically, the linebackers could line up anywhere. The only ones pretty much tied to one position are Barton and Jackson. • Mangini likes to use his safeties interchangeably. Both starters have to be adept at playing close to the line and playing deep. But Ward's coverage skills at Oregon were suspect, so he may be kept "in the box" or in intermediate coverage areas to ease him into his rookie season and take advantage of his hard hitting style. • Would the Browns shift the 31-year-old Brown to free safety to fill the dual purpose of putting more experience at safety and getting Haden on the field immediately? Over the draft weekend, Mangini said, "That's not the thought process going into this." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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