Monday, 10 September 2012

Two Needs, Two Prospects

This is obviously massively effected by overreaction to the week one games so far. Really, this is just an attempt to pair two teams that struggled on Sunday with interesting prospects from College Football.

Cleveland Browns, Robert Woods, WR, USC

Junior, 6-1/190

The Browns might as well just phone in Brandon Weeden's development at this point and move on to the next Quarterback on the carousel- they'll have to anyway in 5 years when he gets too old and retires. However, if they're serious about making Weeden the franchise in Cleveland, they've got to get him some weapons. The Browns have recently spent picks on the raw but athletic Travis Benjamin and Josh Gordon. If they're lucky, one of these guys will cut it and develop into a good number two option. By spending a high pick on Woods, they can get a genuine numer one receiver and safety blanket for their washed up minor league pitcher/ talented "young" quarterback. Woods put up about 1292 yards and 15 Touchdowns last year, and he was playing hurt. His catching radius is excellent, he can beat you short and deep, and he is incredibly dangerous with the ball in his hands. He has a very genuine chance to cement a reputation as the top receiver in the draft, and lock himself into the top 5 selections. Highly rated receivers should get a bump from the success of AJ Green(4th Overall) and Julio Jones(6th overall), and maybe also Blackmon(5th Overall) in Jacksonville.

Miami Dolphins, Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois

Senior, 6-6/240

Joe Philbin needs to go out and bolster his defense so that they can protect his job, and Stephen Ireland's, while Tannehill works through his growing pains.

Buchanan will be a great bookend for Cameron Wake. Having performed well opposite Mercilus for the fighting Illini last season, he's now stepping up to replace him. He's experienced, having played for two years already, and should break out for double digit sacks this year. We saw last year how the Seahawks (and reportedly a number of other teams) fell in love with Bruce Irvin's burst off the line of scrimmage, and ignored other attributes because you just can't teach first step that good. I love Buchanan's first step, and his array of moves. He plays the run and pass well, and should be able to justify a top 10 pick by the end of the season.

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