There are 56 6’4″ and better WRs today. Five years ago there were 31.
News item: Huge cornerback Tharold Simon drafted by Seahawks two days after arrest for “public intimidation, resisting an officer and unnecessary noise.”
Lessons: Big cornerbacks are valuable; the best defense in the NFL knows this; the Browns do not.
After much ballyhoo about our team hiring an MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference stalwart as CEO, it’s apparent that Mr. Banner does not let the CEO in the draft war room.
Wasn’t there a whole lot of happy talk about advanced analytics helping the Browns?
Didn’t we all assume these principles would be applied to talent acquisition?
Maybe someone should have taken a harder look… because from here it looks like Scheiner’s contribution will be bigger scoreboards.
And by ignoring even the simplest set of data as shown at the top, the numbers on the scoreboard are likely to look the same as they have for decades.
What was the #1 need of the 2012 Browns?
But I’ll repeat: our defensive backfield was bad. Usama Young was horrible. Sheldon Brown got injured. Buster Skrine played hard but was exploited by tall receivers. Say again: Skrine was always in position; Skrine cannot cover NFL WRs because he’s too short.
There was no need to improve the strongest part of the team, but fine: we have a one-year Defensive Coordinator who wants to run his special system and needs to acquire three free-agents and use the #6 pick to re-do the perfectly good front line.
But fine… we’re fans and you can tell us anything and we’ll believe it because we HAVE TO. So… ok:
CAN’T HAVE ENOUGH PASS RUSHERS.
Fine fine fine.
So. After ignoring at least ten free-agent CBs who were over 6’0″ tall… and we reviewed this in the Smaug’s Cave post:
Here’s a list of random 6’0″ and above CBs:
- Derek Cox, Chargers: 4yrs/20MM/10.2 guaranteed // average: 5MM
- Cary Williams, Eagles: 3/17/5.75g // 2013, 2.4MM; 2014, 6.4MM; 2015, 8.2MM.
- Keenan Lewis, Saints: 5/26 // 2013, 2.2MM (unknown full terms, hometown discount because Lewis is from New Orleans.)
- Aqib Talib, Pats: 1 year/ 5MM.
- Sean Smith, Chiefs: 3/16.5/7.5 guaranteed // 2013, 7.4; 2014, 7.95; 2015, 2.25.
- Antoine Cason, Cardinals: 1/1.5.
And keeping in mind that the Browns have the most cap space of any team in the NFL…
We waited patiently. We expected a plan to unfold in the draft.
Needless to say, we’re horrified by the selection of 5′ 9″ cornerback Leon McFadden.
I’m not going to do a huge dissection of McFadden. But Skrine beats him in EVERY measure-able. Not just the 40. In all ‘fluid hip’ agility measurements, Skrine was a top performer and blows McFadden away.
That’ll do for this morning. I’ll likely circle back to this, but let me leave you with this: Seattle is the top defense in the NFL and they have a big defensive backfield. It’s been suggested that it takes time to change the make-up of your defensive backfield.
Take a look at Tampa: Banks 6-2 (draft), Barron 6-1 (draft), Goldson 6-2 (FA), Revis 6-0 (trade).
It can be done. And Tampa will tell us if Seattle is a fluke or if ‘Cant Have Too Many Passrushers’ is simply the 2013 version of Pat Shumur’s WCO.
Some good tweets were flying last night, catch them here: “McFadden reaction” on Storify.