The Cleveland Browns were improved team on offense last season at times. Peyton Hillis emerged has a nice surprise in the backfield but did wear down as the season went on. Cleveland lacks however any true weapon in the passing game for Colt McCoy. The strength of their offense is the offensive line at this point and they really need to add some playmakers in order to show consistency. Hillis is a nice physical back but they really need someone that can be a home run hitter at running back. I will breakdown the Cleveland Browns in this edition of the 2011 NFL Draft fantasy recap.
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Round 2 (59th Overall) - Greg Little - WR
Little is a converted running back who missed his entire senior season at North Carolina due to NCAA violations. He is extremely explosive and is a much needed weapon to the passing game. Little could use some polish in his route running but if McCoy continues to improve Little should play right away and be a fantasy contributor. Little was a great value pick late in the second round.
Round 4 (102nd Overall) - Jordan Cameron - TE
Cameron shot up draft boards after his career concluded at USC. He is extremely raw converted basketball player who has great athleticism and size. With a run first philosophy on offense, Cameron will not likely play much as he is not a very good blocker so he should only be used in passing situations. Ben Watson had a real nice season last year for the Browns will likely be back so not much value for Cameron right now.
Round 5 (150th Overall) - Jason Pinkston- OL
Pinkston is smart lineman who understands his job duties. Some question whether he has that nasty streak to be a real good right tackle in the NFL and he will serve has a back-up at this point in his career.
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The Browns did not add a true second option at the running back position. Hillis is not an every down back as he does not have the stamina to hold up the whole season. They should look to another back via free agency as Mike Bell should not be counted on to share the load. Little was a great pick late in the second round and is a much needed playmaker. Cleveland did not add enough weapons though to improve their offense and will battle to be just middle of the road next season.
Grade = C