The Cleveland Browns need help at many positions (they were a 4-12 team after all). But there are a couple of position groups where an addition would just be gravy. This is the case with the tight end corps. In Jordan Cameron, the Browns have a rising star and a Pro-Bowler. Getting another TE would not be a bad idea though – at the very least Cleveland could have some depth should Cameron get injured. Or better yet, do what the New England Patriots did in 2011 – utilize two dominant tight ends and tear up the middle of the field. At any rate, if a tight-end is desired by the Browns’ brass, here is my top-10 ranking for who they should be looking at:
10. Colt Lyerla – Oregon. This is the pick the Browns should make if they want drama and off-the-field issues. But he also is one of the top TE talents this draft. He has fantastic speed, great size and toughness, and is extremely athletic. And he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine in December, which raises some red flags (along with reminders of the Aaron Hernandez debacle). IF he can clean up his act, some brave team will get him for a steal. But he may not, and is likely not worth the risk for the Browns. (Draft Projection: 7th Round).
9. Eric Ebron – North Carolina. An all-around terrific tight end who is almost universally projected to be the first TE taken in 2014. With all of his attributes combined, it’s only a matter of a year or two before he is mentioned in the same breath as Jimmy Graham. But the Browns would have to draft him within the first 15 picks overall…and for a position that is not in much need of help, that would just be plain dumb. (Draft Projection: 1st Round).
8. A.C. Leonard – Tennessee State. A bit smaller than most of the other guys on this list (6’ 3”, 245 pounds), Leonard is a receiver/TE hybrid. But don’t let that fool you – he’s been known to throw some physical blocks while playing at Tennessee State. I’m not sure he’s necessarily a good fit for Cleveland since we already have large receivers and a pass-first TE on the roster. (Draft Projection: 6th Round).