Friday, April 29, 2016

Browns trade down again,select Corey Coleman in Round One

The Cleveland Browns weren't finished trading down in the first round of the NFL Draft,but eventually settled in at 15th overall and selected Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
Before I comment on Coleman,let us discuss the trade with the Tennessee Titans that brought more picks to the Browns.

Cleveland traded their first rounder (8) and a sixth round pick to the Titans for their first rounder (15),third rounder (76) and the Titans second round pick in the 2017 draft.
The lovely Cherie commented "I know these are good picks,but don't you get tired waiting until next year-every year?"
She's right of course,but the Browns now have 2 picks in each of the first two rounds of next years draft and put themselves in position to control that draft.
However,don't forget about this one where the Browns hold the first pick in the second round and possess three third rounders (65,76 and 77) to play with to fill holes or even trade up into the second round,if a special player is worth making a move for.

After the trade to the 15th slot,Cleveland did take a badly needed receiver in Baylor's Corey Coleman.
Coleman was not my top rated receiver (My top was Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell),but along with TCU's Josh Doctson was considered very close to the top of my WR list.
Coleman is looked at as the top deep threat in the draft as his speed is superior to Treadwell and Doctson,although at 5'11,he isn't as tall as that pair and might not as be as large of a red zone target either.
Coleman is more of a game breaker and lord knows that the Browns need as many of those as they can get,but there will be a bit of a learning curve as Coleman accumulated huge receiving numbers playing in the Baylor spread offense,which is much different than the pro style offense that NFL teams use.

What I really like from Coleman was his 20 touchdown season with the Bears that saw him win the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in college football.
Coleman caught 74 passes for over 1,300 yards for an average of 18.4 yards per reception,but keep in mind that teams that play in the Big 12 often have inflated offensive numbers due to the spread offense and poor defenses in that league.
The Browns (other than Josh Gordon in his one year of Comet Kohoutek like play) haven't not had big play deep threat since the one solid year that Braylon Edwards had in 2007 and Coleman brings the capability of being able to do so.

On the overall,I'm fine with Coleman.
Treadwell,Coleman and Doctson all seem to be rated roughly the same with different observers with different orders of the three with most rating Treadwell as more NFL ready and Coleman with more of the "upside" that we all talk about.
Corey Coleman will hopefully be the first step in revitalizing an offense that gives dreary its name.....

I plan on a post on the Browns second rounder tomorrow night and then a followup on the third round selections..

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