The Cleveland Browns could be considering a running back like Melvin Gordon with the 19th overall pick in th NFL Draft on Thursday night.
The NFL Draft is upon us and teams will make their first-round selections later today. That means a final wave of rumors as teams prepare to make their picks.
NFL guru Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and the Monday morning quarterback is weighing in with some final thoughts, and had a particularly interesting observations about the Cleveland Browns and the No. 19th overall pick.
King thinks that there is no way the Browns don’t select Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon with that pick, which originally belonged to Buffalo and is one of two first-round picks the Browns possess.
The best is King’s reasoning.
"The Browns are desperate for offense and are unsure whether they’ll be able to get much of a passing game going early in 2015. Gordon, particularly with his experience running in lousy Midwestern weather, would be the kind of chains-mover Mike Pettine would be drawn."
Not exactly hard-hitting source reporting, but King does say it is a rumor that he buys and doesn’t try to portray it as such.
There might be some legs to the Browns reports that they’re considering a running back with the second of their first-round picks. ESPN Cleveland reports that the Browns interest in Georgia running back Todd Gurley – the other top pick at his position – is real.
"Yes, the interest in the Georgia running back coming back from ACL surgery is real.Coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo are convinced the Browns may have to do the “ground-and-pound” thing if a quarterback doesn’t magically materialize."
Given the ACL surgery and the unkown surrounding that, you could see the Browns leaning towards Gordon over Gurley in this situation.
Either way, the Browns seem to be thinking about a running back early in the draft.