Listening To and Reading Between the Lines

By Kenny Roda

The biggest thing I took out of today’s press conference was this; Tom Heckert loves pass rushers and corner backs.  Early in the presser he ranked the positions of importance in the NFL as such, most important – Quarterback. Then he followed that with left tackle, defensive end and cornerback.  Then late in the presser Heckert again mentioned that, “regardless of 3-4 or 4-3 defense, you need pass rushers.”  Heckert also talked about how 60% of the time “you have 3 cornerbacks on the field and the more cover guys you have, the better you are.”  “You can’t have enough corners, pass rushers and offensive lineman.”

So while he said good things about both wide receivers A.J. Green and Julio Jones, he raved more about defensive positions like defensive end and cornerback.  Either this is the greatest smoke screen ever, so the wide receiver they like best will fall to them at 6, or you can expect Dick Jauron’s 4-3 defense to get an impact player at pick #6.

Heckert praised LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, saying, “He’s a rare guy with size and speed. He’s a very good football player.”   He also said that Da’Quan Bowers knee checked out fine with their doctors.  That not every team has Robert Quinn rated ahead of Nick Fairly. That he wants a defensive end who, “played with his hand in the dirt, not a stand up only guy.” Heckert mentioned that the defensive ends that played in Philadelphia weighed in at around 250 pounds.  He mentioned that Von Miller will probably be a linebacker in the NFL, but “he can rush the passer, that’s what he does best.” Also on Miller, “a 4-3 or a 3-4 defense won’t be an issue for him.”  I’ve got to believe that Marcell Dareus is high on their list as well.

So lets look at the probable top 6 defensive players in this draft. In no particular order, CB-Patrick Peterson, LB-Von Miller, DE-Da’Quan Bowers, DT-Nick Fairley, DE-Robert Quinn and DT-Marcell Dareus.  In listening closely, and reading between the lines during Tom Heckert’s press conference today, I’ve got to believe that one of those 6 players will be lining up as part of the Browns new 4-3 defense in 2011. If not, and the guy I want, wide receiver A.J. Green ends up in C’Town, then Tom Heckert is not only a crafty G.M., but also, one hell of a poker player!



  1. K…I really think they need to invest their pick in Patrick Peterson…Kid is the best player in the draft, if he falls to us at 6 we need to take him. Why not solidify our defensive backfield for the next 5-10 years. I understand most say we need to take a pass rusher, but if the receivers are covered our dline/Lb would have more time to get to the QB.

    Throwing this out here we draft Peterson and whenever this Lockout ends go after Nnamdi. move peterson next to Tj “drama” Ward. and then have one of the best defensive backfields in the entire NFL. I know this is a long shot and probably unrealistic but its wishful thinking.

    I prefer Aj over Julio. I know people are raving that Julio ran a sub 4.4 40 on a fractured foot, thats GREAT! but he did have an injury! DO NOT TAKE SOMEONE WHO HAS INJURY HISTORY PLEASE!!!

    Streaming live right now and here the guys talking about if Cam is there that is a possibility. WIth Heckert having McNabb in Philly I believe this might be an option maybe not a popular option but it is in his history.

    In conclusion I do not want them to trade down. Use this pick to get the best player in the draft at #6. If Peterson is gone oh well, but if he is there you have to take a shot and solidify our d-backfield.

    Hope all is well K, miss being in the office up there. Hope to see you down here in Cbus during the buckeyes games!

  2. Do not want an undersized rush specialist which is Quinn. Not good at point of attack when people run at him. Agree on the cover guys ! Get Peterson !

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