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Catch the ball

March 25, 2010 - Mike McLain

So much focus has been put on the Browns' quarterback situation that one important thing has been forgotten -- to whom is Jake Delhomme going to throw the ball?

As of now you'd have to say that Mohammed Massaquoi is the number one receiver, but he had an average rookie season in catching 34 passess for 624 yards and three touchdowns. Fellow 2009 rookie Brian Robiskie was a flop. He was inactive several games and finished with just seven receptions for 106 yards.

Chansi Stuckey didn't provide much after arriving in a trade with the New York Jets. Mike Furrey ended up playing safety when injuries hit that area hard.

You could make an argument that picking a receiver tops the Browns' list of needs in the draft. The secondary looks weak, and there's a need for more depth at linebacker, but the need for a true number one receiver is more alarming.

That puts Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant in the spotlight. Most mock drafts have the Browns selecting Florida cornerback Joe Haden with the seventh overall pick, but Bryant could be on the radar.

Selecting a receiver high in the draft is risky, as the Browns witnessed in selecting Braylon Edwards third overall in 2005. It's difficult projecting how a receiver will project to the NFL, where defensive backs are faster and more physical than in college.

Another reason why some teams don't like to draft a receiver high is because they don't touch the ball enough. On a good day a receiver might have 10 receptions. On a bad day the number might be less than five receptions. Unless at least one of those catches is for a touchdown, not much of an impact is made.

Fantasy football enthusiasts know better than anyone else that running backs are more important. They touch the ball many more times a game than a receiver, which obciously means more chances of making something positive happen.

I doubt if the Browns will pick Bryant. For now I still think Haden will be the choice.

 

 
 

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