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Team needs a little of everything

Team needs a little of everything
A look at the Cleveland Browns as the NFL draft approaches:

Picks: Five

Rounds: First (No. 5 overall), second (No. 36 and No. 50), fourth (No. 104) and sixth (No. 177).

What they need: A little bit of everything and, barring a Herschel Walker-type trade of receiver Braylon Edwards at the last minute, more than they possibly can collect from one draft. Anything helpful to a defense that ranked 26th in the league is desirable, but especially a pass rusher; team ranked 30th with 17 sacks.

Top five defensive players: Aaron Curry, LB (Wake Forest); B.J. Raji, DT (Boston College); Brian Orakpo, DE (Texas); Aaron Maybin, LB (Penn State); Everette Brown, DE (Florida State).

Possible surprise: New coach Eric Mangini might want to draft his own quarterback, and if USC's Mark Sanchez is still there at No. 5 and a new home can be found for Brady Quinn ... well, anything's possible.

After Round 1: Defense still might be the focus, but with Joe Jurevicius released and Donte Stallworth heading for a DUI-manslaughter trial, adding a receiver (North Carolina's Hakeem Nix?) makes sense even if Edwards isn't traded.

Best draft since 2000:

Not much to choose from here, but the 2007 draft seems to have produced four starters, counting Quinn. General Manager Phil Savage took offensive tackle Joe Thomas No. 3 overall, then made a couple of trades to land Quinn later in the first round and cornerback Eric Wright in the second. Brandon McDonald, a cornerback taken in the fifth round, became a starter last season as well.

Best pick after Round 3: In 1971, the Browns used a sixth-round pick on a tight end from Illinois named Doug Dieken. They turned him into a left tackle, where he flourished until 1984.

Worst draft since 2000:

In 2001, Butch Davis drafted a linebacker, Jeremiah Pharms, who never played in the NFL because he robbed a drug dealer at gunpoint. To make matters worse, the first-round pick that year, No. 3 overall, was underachieving defensive tackle Gerard Warren.

All-time worst pick in Round 1: Much to choose from, but the award goes to Duke linebacker Mike Junkin, the fifth overall selection by Marty Schottenheimer in 1987. The quot;mad dog in a meat market,quot; as he was famously dubbed by Browns scout Dom Anile, played two years with the Browns and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bottom line: Drafting has not been the Browns' strong suit since returning to the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999, but a fourth regime is in place now. Will it matter? Fans can only cross their fingers and hope Mangini and his hand-picked general manager, George Kokinis, know what they're doing and that good fortune might smile on the team for once. Having three picks in the top 50 should help.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 25, 2009

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