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Draft Grades – Cleveland Browns

Barkevious Mingo

I’m going to be looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’ll also be examining overall positional value and strategy. It goes without saying that there’s an informational gap between what the teams have at their disposal and what I have. On the other hand, the great thing about being an outsider is that the informational gap often runs the other direction as well.

No. 14 Cleveland Browns                                     Grade: B

Not a lot to report on from a fantasy perspective. This grade is based on drafting a premium position with their high pick – unlike many other top ten teams – and getting a potentially elite pass rusher. Unfortunately, Barkevious Mingo becomes something of a question mark in IDP leagues. Outside linebacker in a 3-4 isn’t nearly as valuable as a 4-3 defensive end.

Ignoring the offensive side of the ball is a big vote of confidence for a trio of Browns. Brandon Weeden suddenly represents intriguing value for late round QB adherents. Trent Richardson wasn’t going to lose many carries regardless, but failing to upgrade on Montario Hardesty suggests the Browns won’t be intimidated by the Curse, even if you put the threshold in the mid-400s. I’ve been critical of the way Alabama backs transition to the NFL, but from a scouting perspective there was a lot to like about the rookie campaign of the man I call Cerberus. The high total of receptions he corralled in his debut pushes his forward projection through the roof. (Check out the RB Similarity App to see how he compares to Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin.)

Finally, Jordan Cameron becomes this year’s trendy TE breakout candidate. If you don’t get Gronkowski or Graham, a good argument can be made for waiting into the teens to draft Cameron. While he probably won’t go nuclear like the two aforementioned stars, he’s a good bet to outperform Kyle Rudolph’s numbers from a year ago.

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