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.
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.