I know that a lot of Browns fans were upset when the team passed up on a few running backs of choice this past weekend. The second day of the draft is typically full of players that are relatively unknown, so the lack of sexiness that ultimately leads to second-guessing is understandable.
Alas, I’m hoping that Scout.com’s recent 2009 NFL Draft Superlatives make you feel at least a little bit better about our sixth-round selection.
Best Sixth Round Pick
James Davis, RB, Clemson (Cleveland Browns)
This was an outstanding pick by the Browns. Grabbing James Davis was smart and it gives Cleveland a solid running back that they can eventually turn their running game over to, especially since Jamal Lewis is getting a little older and his production dipped last season. The misconception is that Davis has a lot of tread on his wheels, because he’s a big back. But the fact that he never had over 214 carries in a season and shared time with C.J. Spiller over the last few seasons makes Davis fresh, and he could have an instant impact.
We mentioned that we liked Davis yesterday, and this should only add to the attention that he’ll receive as we head into camp. He attended the same high school as Jamal Lewis, and was slated to go anywhere between the third and sixth rounds. Leaving Clemson with the second-highest rushing total in school history isn’t exactly a bad thing.
It’s looking like he’ll have to battle Noah Herron for the third running back slot. Given his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, don’t count him out as that change-of-pace guy as the season progresses.
2009 NFL Draft Superlatives [Chris Steubner/Scout.com]