On to Day Two

I don’t know if Day One could’ve gone any better for the Browns and their fans. While I would’ve loved to see them trade down to stockpile a couple extra picks, the Braylon Edwards selection is huge. This guy is a player, he’s humble, intelligent and hard-working. You can’t ask for more out of your first-round pick, and with Edwards and Kellen Winslow paired together, this offense could actually be fun to watch.

Admittedly, I wasn’t a big fan of the Brodney Pool pick in the second round but that was more due to who else was on the board at the time than anything else. The more I read about this guy, though, the more I like him. He’s big (6-1, 207), fast and athletic, and while the Browns seem to have a glut of talent at safety, the newly acquired Brian Russell won’t be around in a couple years. Pool will be, either at safety or maybe at corner. Mel Kiper said Pool could’ve been a top-10 pick next year had he stayed in school for his senior season. Sounds like a winner to me.

I’ve already gushed about the Charlie Frye pick, and what makes it even better is that the Browns got a projected second-round talent in the third. He’s got all the things you’d want in a quarterback — size, accuracy, intelligence, toughness and athleticism — and they have the time and patience to groom him behind Trent Dilfer. In a couple years, Frye’s going to be putting up huge numbers throwing downfield to Edwards and Winslow.

But as well as the first day of the draft went, there are still plenty of holes to fill on this roster. I’d love to see Savage get a young tackle somewhere along the way, though I’m willing to bet most of today’s picks are defense-oriented considering two of their first three choices were on the offensive side of the ball. A defensive end and a linebacker or two are no doubt at or near the top of Savage and Crennel’s list, but they may also implement the “best available player” strategy throughout the second day. Either way, judging by yesterday’s picks, I’m sure day two will be a success as well.

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