Winners, questions and Cleveland
Mel Kiper looks at teams that did well, those who didn't, and those Browns
It didn't take long for this NFL draft to get interesting. The Jacksonville Jaguars did a good job of concealing their affection for Blake Bortles, and shook things up early. The Cleveland Browns were active, adding picks that will help, but perhaps not adding the player early many of their fans wanted them to take. The Buffalo Bills made a huge move -- and gave up a significant amount -- to slide up five picks and get Sammy Watkins, a wide receiver they clearly believe can help them become a playoff team next season.
And then there was Johnny Football ...
Let's take a look.
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The picks: OT Greg Robinson at No. 2, DT Aaron Donald at No. 13
Summary: I had wide receiver as a need for the Rams, but it's also the deepest position in the draft, and they added two potential Pro Bowl players with their two picks. Robinson needs work as a pass protector, because he's far more dominating as a run-blocker and, as colleague Jon Gruden noted, can grab too often, but he's a freak athlete with a sharp learning curve. He can be very good, and helps Sam Bradford potentially as much as a very good wide receiver. Donald helps make that D-line scary. I mean, think about how dominating Robert Quinn was last year, then factor in Chris Long, and the emerging Michael Brockers. Yikes. I think the secondary could have used a little help, but it actually gets help in the form of more pressure. Donald is bordering on a steal at No. 13.
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