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October 21, 2009 - Mike McLain
Reporters that cover the Browns just finished a conference call with Green Bay rookie linebacker Clay Matthews III, and it made me think about something that might give you an upset stomach.
Think about this -- the Browns could have used their first-round draft choice on Matthews, which would have turned on the fan base because of his dad's long and successful tenure with the team. They then could have used the first of three second-round choices on Rey Maualuga, another USC linebacker.
You think fans would have been happy with those picks?
If that would have happened, odds are good that receiver Brian Robiskie would have slipped a few more picks in the second round, which would have allowed the Browns to select him. They then could have picked receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with their final second-round pick instead of linebacker David Veikune.
Matthews ... Maualuga .... Robiskie ... Massaquoi. Talk about the makings of a great draft.
The Browns' biggest need entering the draft was linebacker. Instead of going for the obvious choices, they came out of the first two rounds (four picks) wiht one linebacker (Veikune). And he was a defensive end at Hawaii.
I hate bringing this up because it might make depressed fans even more depressed. Nothing ever seems to work right for the Browns.
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