Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Draft '12 must have offensive tint to it

This just in - the Browns offense is unwatchable.

OK, so maybe that's not some sort of brilliant epiphany.

But this spring, the Browns can do something about the fact that their offense is so horrific. And when the 2012 draft gets here, let's hope President Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckart do something about it.

No more trading down. No more missed opportunities. No more excuses.

It's time for the Browns to get some play-makers on this team.

In each of the past two drafts, the Browns have traded down to the latter portions of the first round. It has worked out pretty well for them, as they have netted a standout center in Alex Mack and a defensive centerpiece for years to come in tackle Phil Taylor.

But this offense the Browns put on the field every Sunday is nauseating. Now is the time to fix it.

The Browns have two first-round picks this year, their own and the one they received from Atlanta in last year's draft-day deal that netted the Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. Holmgren and Heckart can't afford to miss on them.

If that means taking Arkansas RB Trent Richardson or WR Justin Blackmon with what looks to be a top-five pick, then so be it.

If that means going wide receiver in the early 20s with the pick gained from Atlanta (Notre Dame's Michael Floyd or South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery), then do it.

Even though I'm not as big of a fan of it, packaging both picks to move up to maybe No. 3 (where Minnesota looks to be) and taking Heisman Trophy-winning Robert Griffin III to run this offense, then go for it.

In the second round and beyond, capable, game-changing defenders can be found. But the defense isn't the big problem on the Browns' roster. It's the unwatchable offense.

It's time for Holmgren and Heckart to fix that, either by getting Colt McCoy some weapons to work with (i.e. Richardson, Blackmon, Floyd or Jeffery) or bringing some electricity to the QB position with RG3.

The fans have suffered long enough with trade-downs and offensive inadequacy.

- John Kampf

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