NFL Draft Rumors: Browns heavily scouting running backs

The Browns basically have no idea what they’re going to do in the draft because they have no idea where they will pick and are constantly analyzing their own roster. Having said that, it’s reasonably to assume with their moves this year – most notably with the Trent Richardson trade – that they would be preparing for the chance to potentially draft a running back. Now, Lane Adkins from the OBR (premium post) indicates that they are scouting that position almost as highly as quarterback.

“The Browns have been scouting running backs, nearly as heavily as they have quarterbacks and offensive linemen and the likelihood of seeing a running back, lineman and quarterback coming to Cleveland via the draft remains high.”

Of course, this still doesn’t mean a lot for the Browns first two picks in the first round between their own and the Colts’ pick. If you believe the early projections at places like WalterFootball, there are only a couple runners who might (emphasis) go in the first round at all. Still, even with all the moving pieces, it’s nice to get a little insight into what the Browns’ scouting priorities are like.

The Browns will also presumably get a healthy Dion Lewis back to compete for carries.

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  • Kildawg

    Still think using a late 2nd/early 3rd to draft Carlos Hyde would be a solid pick. He knows how to run between the tackles. McGahee is more of a FB anymore.

  • RyInCBus

    I’d be willing to bet that WR and ILB (CJ Mosley, Alabama) would be more likely targets for the Browns in Round 1, if a QB they desire isn’t within reach. That would leave QB and RB for Day 2, where the value is likely greater for where they pick. With the way the T-Rich trade went down, and Dion Lewis figured heavily into the plans for 2014, I’d be very surprised if they took a Running Back early at all.

  • Bryan

    They should trade a 6th round pick to Indy for Trent Richardson.

  • stin4u

    Not a particularly dazzling draft at running back but I do like Ka’Deem Carey quite a bit. I’d guess they’re looking for a guy that can fit into the passing game and he fits that mold really well. Dyer/Seastrunk might be an option as well if they want to keep it between the tackles.

  • TSR3000

    I was under the impression we traded Richardson in order to get a QB. If we take a RB in the 1st round I will be very annoyed and confused. I am on board with getting our franchise QB.

  • Tron

    ^^^^can’t stop laughing

  • Natedawg86

    Draft isn’t won in the first round. Yes you need to pick well, but they have 5 picks in the top 70-80 that should significantly affect the team next year. That’s 4-5 out of 25ish

  • Natedawg86

    Have you seen Richardson lately?

  • saggy

    telling you now – if they don’t pick a QB with their first pick, either organically or by trade – they’ve failed at this draft.

  • saggy

    draft isn’t won in the first round? tell that to the Broncos, Colts, Packers, Falcons, Ravens, and all the other teams who picked future hall-of-famers that led their teams to a Super Bowl under center.

  • MikeBuckets

    You left Big Ben off your list. Remember that awesome Butch Davis draft where they traded up to get “a soldier” and just gave Pittsburgh a multi-super-bowl winning qb. Hooray.

  • RyInCBus

    I don’t get the sense the organization feels the same urgency that you do. I once did. I think Hoyer has really opened some eyes in Berea. They aren’t going to force something, I know that.

  • mgbode

    I think if they were relying on Dion Lewis as the main RB for ’13, then they were at fault. If they are relying on Dion Lewis as the main RB for ’14, then they are just being silly.

    And no, I don’t think they are doing so. The guy is tiny, which is fine as a change-of-pace 8-10 touch a game guy. But, he’s not the size to stand up to the grind in the NFL (at least you cannot rely on him doing so).

  • derek

    And if we have learned anything it is to not invest a high draft pick on a running back

  • derek

    And if we have learned anything it is to not invest a high draft pick on a running back

  • Jeremy Humbert

    Nah, like Banner said at the time, it was a play based on value. The Colts thought TRich was worth a first rounder, and we thought we could replicate his production with a veteran sitting on his couch waiting for a phone call. The FO has never said that they are urgently pursuing a QB with their first pick next year, in fact, Banner even coyly said that their QB of the future may already be on the roster. So who knows?!? I am willing to bet that the decision makers have charts and probabilities and stats and tendencies and all kinds of garbage on what they think everyother team will do, and what players may fall to them in a given range, and how our greatest needs fall into line with what is available. For once, I think that these guys have a plan that they will stick to, and they are not going to chisel something in stone after the 2nd, 3rd, or 9th game of the season… the draft is a long ways off..

  • BenRM

    I fully believe our first 5 picks will consist of a QB, RB, OT, ILB, and WILD CARD! in some order. It just makes sense.

    I normally would include FS there, but with Horton’s comments yesterday, I don’t think it’s as safe a bet.

  • BenRM

    I’m not sure why this got downvoted. Hyde is in beastmode right now, reminding me a little of Eddie Lacy. 3rd Rd Hyde would be a pretty solid selection (assuming he’d be there, which I don’t think he will).

  • mgbode

    division matters more, but here are the areas that I could see addressed in the first 3 rounds (expecting early impact):
    QB, RB, OL, WR, ILB, DB

    It’s alot of positions, but I think that’s just how open it is right now (could be any on OL as we might lose Mack. could be any in secondary as we need 3 at both spots and we haven’t seen McFadden’s value yet).

    In the development rounds, I would expect:
    TE, OLB, DB, OL

  • The Astute Linguist

    First five; QB, QB, QB, QB, QB and hope to hit

  • Natedawg86

    You should be able to get a stud in 1st rd. It is almost a given. I think, as evident with the Browns, you can really screw up a team by drafting poorly in the first round, but there is roughly a 60% chance that the person you draft in the first round, should become a good player, and about a 50% in the second round. You need to hit on a minimum of 2 players to have a solid draft, 3 to have a good draft, and 4 or more to have an amazing draft. Yes there are those diamonds in the rough, but the Browns draft picks for the most part have sucked. We sometimes get 1 impact player, but we haven’t been having consistently good drafts.

  • Natedawg86

    Or to listen to Jim Brown when he calls a RB you are about to draft “ordinary”.

  • Natedawg86

    I wouldn’t be mad if we got him in the 3rd rd.

  • Kelly Murphy

    after this season drafting two QB ‘s in the first two rounds might be something to consider