Top three free agent running backs for the Cleveland Browns

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The cover32 staff has come out with their top 10 free agent running backs and from that list I would like to give my top three that would be the best fit for the Cleveland Browns. Check out the top ten list HERE.

There are 32 teams in the NFL and they all have different needs and different likes and dislikes for each position. This obviously goes for the position of running back as well. A Position of GREAT need for the Cleveland Browns. It’s hard to say what style of offense Kyle Shanahan will bring to the team but after his last two seasons with RG3 and the Washington Redskins we can make a few guesses and go from there.

Robert Griffin’s greatest success in his rookie year came from running the read option and from that the play action pass. The team had one of the best rushing attacks with Griffin and Alfred Morris and the zone blocking scheme is likely to come to Cleveland. That said, it all depends on who the team gets at QB. If it’s a pocket passer like Brandon Weeden (just an example, he won’t be the QB) then they will have different needs than if it’s a scrambler like Johnny football.

Anyway, here’s my list of the top three guys they Browns should be after.:

 

3. Donald Brown

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Brown is never flashy, but always steady

 

Definitely not the sexiest of free agents on the market but I don’t think sexy is what the Browns should be going for. Brown was drafted late in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009 and he has been under the radar but productive. He has only broken over the 600 yard mark once in a season (2011) but his career yard per attempt average is an impressive 4.3 and in 2013 a very very good 5.3 .

Some may consider him a disappointment as a first round draft pick and with his less than impressive numbers that would be a good argument. He does, however, just seem to play the game the right way and I think he would be a good pickup for the Browns. He should be cheaper than some of the bigger names and he has proven that he can be productive, even behind a not so great offensive line.

The Browns would do well to select a running back in the second or third rounds of this year’s draft and have that player run and learn behind a veteran guy like Donald Brown. He may not get a lot of the headlines but he could be the best bang for your buck in the entire market.

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  • Browns4ever

    cant believe you don’t have MJD in here!!!!

    • Kevin Gillikin

      I think he’s too old and now too injury prone to be the guy they’re looking for. I’m also not a fan of the small back. They have their place but I’m a fan of the bruiser, Jim Brown type RB.