I’m happy with our draft, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider it the best draft of the AFC. However, Pro Football Weekly does. Here’s the excerpt about the Browns they wrote:
Cleveland Browns — No team may have orchestrated trades and acquired more overall value better than the Browns, who traded back three times in the first round before landing their prize, Alex Mack, in front of a team (Vikings) that was considering selecting the draft’s first center. Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi both have starter potential at receiver and could allow for a Braylon Edwards trade. David Veikune is a projected outside linebacker who has a great motor and fits the scheme. Kaluka Maiava could fill a nickel linebacker role. CBs Don Carey and Coye Francies could make the roster. DE Kenyon Coleman and DB Abram Elam, acquired from the Jets for the fifth pick, along with QB Brett Ratliff, could both be starters. Overall, the Browns may come away with six starters from this draft, while also adding character to the locker room and potentially replacing a fifth of the 53-man roster through the draft. GM George Kokinis and head coach Eric Mangini have received a fair share of criticism in their short tenure together, but they may have had the best draft of any AFC team.
Here’s the link to the full article.
I believe that Mel Kiper gave us a B-. I’d have to say that my initial reaction to the draft was a result of built-up anticipation. Now I’m thinking that Mangini might actually know what he’s doing. We’ll see during the regular season.