Mr. T Posted February 13, 2009 Report Share Posted February 13, 2009 It doesn’t take a professional draft analyst to know what the Browns need most in the draft, but all the same, fans might get a warm feeling knowing Mel Kiper is thinking the way most of them are thinking. “Front and center, the Browns need speed at linebacker and they need pass rushers,” Kiper said Wednesday during a two-hour conference call hosted by ESPN. Kiper has been one of the most recognized draft analysts in the country for three decades. He has published an annual Draft Report for more than 30 years. He is at center stage of the ESPN two-day telecast of the draft every year. He was on a nationwide phone hook-up Wednesday as a preview to the NFL Scouting Combine next week in Indianapolis. The Browns pick fifth in the first round of the draft on April 25. Kiper said they can trade down into the late teens or early 20s of the first round, acquire more picks, and still get their pass rushing linebacker, possibly USC linebacker Clay Matthews, the son of Clay Matthews who was a first-round pick by the Browns from USC in 1978. Matthews played for the Browns for 16 years and still holds the franchise record with 76.5 sacks. Kiper has the Browns taking Wake Forrest outside linebacker Aaron Curry with the fifth pick, but when he was asked to name the top pass rushing linebacker in the draft he did not name Curry. WOW!!!Sounds like Curry takes a hit as being a speed rusher, they can include that he has a tough time taking on TE's and shedding blocks from them. The smart money says trade down and get Matthews then. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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