Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; A Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of New England

NFL Rumors: Cleveland Browns looking to draft impacts players, may pass on Greg Robinson


Sometimes an impact player in the draft fills a position of need on a roster and satisfies everyone. That’s not the case with the Cleveland Browns though, as while they’re not saying they’re in a ‘best player available’ mood, they are looking to draft impact players over positions of need in the draft.

According to ESPN.com’s Pat McManamon, the Browns won’t rule out drafting someone like top offensive tackle Greg Robinson, but the likes of players such as Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins will attract their attention much more.

Per ESPN.com:

The Browns need impact players, guys who can step in and make their presence felt. That could be a quarterback, but I don’t think the top three do that in this year’s draft. Not in the short-term at least. Which leaves two players in my mind who would make a larger impact than Greg Robinson. They would be Watkins at receiver and Jadeveon Clowney at linebacker. Robinson is good, but I don’t use the fourth pick for a replacement two years down the line.

This doesn’t mean that Robinson won’t be an option for the Browns, it just means they’re truing to put together the flashiest roster possible. They’ve drafted offensive lineman high before but it barely helped their team. The reverse strategy seems to be getting explosive players first, then worrying about protecting them later.

Tags: Cleveland Browns NFL Draft 2014

  • Craig Barker

    I would not view Robinson as a replacement. I think they need impact players and need one of the top 3 players listed. There is not a QB in that spot worth taking. We need to get better at every position, that’s all there is to it. I would not be upset with Robinson. We would have two great tackles and would be able to run the ball on anyone, especially if we drafted a tough guard who could come in and start. Every team needs a strength, an o-line is a good one to have and build a great foundation for the future.

    • John Duquette

      Well said , no good lineman results in no running game or QB protection