Kamis, 12 April 2012

NFL Draft Preview: Why the Browns must draft Ryan Tannehill

A lot of scouts have been wondering if the Cleveland Browns should take QB Ryan Tannehill with the fourth pick or should they look for a quarterback later and go get RB Trent Richardson or WR Justin Blackmon with the fourth pick. Quarterback is the most important position in football as most teams that have recently won the Super Bowl have had an elite quarterback as well (exception: the 2000-2001 Baltimore Ravens). Adrian Peterson has not been able to take a team to the Super Bowl as the closest he ever got to going to the Super Bowl, Brett Favre was the quarterback and having another great season. The Browns need to get a true franchise quarterback and there is no reason why Tannehill should not be able to become that. So, how do the Browns build a good team around Tannehill and fill the needs at running back and wide receiver, and how good will Tannehill be.

Ryan Tannehill is just learning how to play quarterback but he is already good enough to potentially be a starter by the end of the season. Tannehill was very productive and only struggled against Oklahoma and Texas. Tannehill only threw 15 interceptions which was only two more than Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden and the same number as Oklahoma QB Landry Jones. Tannehill has an excellent arm and he is very mobile due to the fact that he used to play wide receiver. Tannehill has one thing that makes him a really good prospect and that is leadership. Tannehill is an excellent leader and no matter what happens, he stands by his teammates and never gives up. Another impressive thing with Tannehill is the fact that he is able to avoid being sacked. Last year, Tannehill was only sacked nine times which is very impressive and shows how good his mobility is. Tannehill has the potential to be a Donovan McNabb/Ben Roethlisberger type quarterback for Cleveland and that can help them make playoff runs and become contenders.

So what should Cleveland do if they draft Tannehill fourth? To fill the immediate need a trunning back, the Browns should go sign free agent running back Ryan Grant. Grant could be one of the steals of the offseason as he is still a NFL starting caliber running back. With their second first round pick in the draft, the Browns should go after a defensive end like Alabama's Courtney Upshaw or Syrause's Chandler Jones. The Browns could also go after Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill. In the second round, the Browns have two options. The first option that I would choose is to go get a wide receiver like South Carolina's Alshon Jeffrey or LSU's Reuben Randle. The second choice option for the Browns is to draft Miami RB Lamar Miller who has a lot of potential and has the potential to be as good as Matt Forte. In the third round, the Browns could go after Oregon RB LaMichael James if they draft a wide receiver in the second round or Illinois WR AJ Jenkins if they go get a running back in the second round. Another good target in the third round would be Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders as he could be the perfect compliment to current Browns' left tackle Joe Thomas. In the later rounds, the Browns could go after running backs like Temple's Bernard Pierce or Utah State's Robert Turbin in the fourth or fifth round. A real sleeper at running back is San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman. He has shown a very good combination of speed and power that you expect in an NFL running back. Hillman has the potential to be one of the biggest steals of this draft. Wisconsin's Nick Toon and Rutgers's Mohamed Sanu could be options in the fourth round at wide receiver. A sleeper at wide receiver is Arkansas's Greg Childs. Childs has the size that you expect in a future number one or two receiver that can be a deep threat in the passing game. Boise State's Nate Potter and Auburn's Brandon Mosley are offensive tackle options in the later rounds. If the Browns do what I reccomend, they can be back in the playoffs by 2014 or 2015.

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