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2011 NFL Draft - Cleveland Browns
Baylor DT Phil Taylor
Baylor DT Phil Taylor
Posted Apr 30, 2011

Cleveland Browns - AFC North, 2011 Draft Selections & Prospects

Cleveland Browns

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
1st Round (1-5) | 1st Round (6-10) | 1st Round (11-15) | 1st Round (16-20)
1st Round (21-25) | 1st Round (26-32) | 2nd Round | 3rd Round
4th Round | 5th Round | 6th Round | 7th Round | Top Free Agents

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay

- 2010 Cleveland Draft Breakdown

First Round 
DT Phil Taylor, Baylor
6-3, 334
Overall Pick No. 21 CFN Overall Ranking: 80

A bit of a reach, Taylor is a pure block of a nose tackle for the Dick Jauron defense. He’s not going to get into the backfield on a regular basis, but with the trade to move up, the Browns apparently thought Taylor was worth the move to find an anchor and a run stuffer to work the entire defense around. There might not be more pressure on any defensive player in the first round because of what he’ll be asked to do.

CFN Analysis: Forget about the quick interior pass rushers scattered about in the 2011 draft; Taylor is a massive rock who’ll sit there in the middle of the line and won’t be moved for until January. The Penn State transfer has the dream size for an NFL nose tackle with the strength to push people around to make things happen. While he has the bulk, he has to work on staying under 340 and he has to work even harder to keep the motor running. He might only be a two-down defender who’ll need to be a part of a rotation, and he’ll be maddening at times when the light isn’t on, but he’s the textbook definition of an anchor.
CFN Projection: Second Round

Second Round    
DE Jabaal Sheard, Pitt 6-3, 264
Overall Pick No. 37 CFN Overall Ranking: 47

Woe to the Browns if Da’Quan Bowers turns into a superstar. Sheard is the attempt to finally get the defensive end the franchise has been trying to get after whiffing on the Courtney Brown pick, and he has the motor and the pass rushing ability to be a star if Phil Taylor can be the rock he’s supposed to be in the middle. The Browns have their defensive building blocks.

CFN Analysis: Extremely quick off the ball and the type of player who can get into the backfield in a blink, he’s the type of pure pass rusher the draft seems to be missing. While he’s not going to be a rock against the run and he won’t see time in a 3-4, he has all the moves and all the athleticism to be a sack artist. Can he stay healthy? He always had a nagging bump or bruise of some sort, and there’s no room or ability to get any bigger, but he could be a great specialist who changes games on third downs.
CFN Projection: Second Round   

Second Round
WR Greg Little, North Carolina
6-2, 231
Overall Pick No. 59 CFN Overall Ranking: 52

Atlanta mortgaged the farm to move up to get Julio Jones; Cleveland got a freak of nature receiver of its own in the deal late in the second around. He’s a diva and he needs a shove, but he’s an elite athlete who could instantly become a No. 1 pick. He’s going to be Colt McCoy’s favorite target in a hurry, and he’s going to be a tough, physical player who could thrive … at a much cheaper price than Jones.

CFN Analysis: A high school superstar who could’ve gone anywhere and was a major coup for North Carolina, Little is a tremendous athlete, freakishly strong, and great at using his size to beat people up as a blocker. Smooth as glass, even though he doesn’t look like it body-wise, he runs well, isn’t afraid to take a shot across the middle in the name of another yard, and has all the skills to be a great slot receiver. He’s not all that tall, isn’t a blazer, and has an attitude for good and bad, but it’s all there to be a very productive, very good player for a long time.
CFN Projection:
Second Round  

Fourth Round   
TE Jordan Cameron, USC 6-5, 254
Overall Pick No. 102 CFN Overall Ranking: 249

CFN Analysis: The athleticism isn’t a question mark after coming up with a fantastic Combine, and now the former basketball player will be worth developing. He’s tall enough to pack on the pounds, but only if he’s able to keep his leaping ability and his tremendous speed. With only 16 career catches and just one start, he’s an athlete and not a football player. He’s got a lot to learn and forget about him blocking anyone for a power running game.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Fifth Round    
CB Buster Skrine, UT Chattanooga 5-9, 186
Overall Pick No. 137 CFN Overall Ranking: 157

CFN Analysis: While he wasn’t the fastest player at the Combine, he looked the part with a 4.43 and has been times around 4.3. Smooth and athletic, he also has the strength to go along with the speed coming up with 20 reps on the bench. Not all that big and not a strong tackler, he’s not going to do much in run support and he’s going to get shoved around. Extremely raw, he’ll need at least a year of hardcore NFL coaching to improve his technique. With his wheels and his athleticism, there’s a ton of upside and he’s just scratching the surface, but he’ll most likely make his biggest impact as a returner early on.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Seventh Round 
FS Eric Hagg, Nebraska
6-1, 209
Overall Pick No. 248   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

CFN Analysis: Very big and athletic enough to be considered a decent prospect at any safety spot, he has the ability to push people around, and he has the speed to be decent in pass coverage. What he doesn’t do is play up to his size, and while he managed to make plenty of things happen with teams were staying away from Prince Amukamara, he was also the weak link at times. With great fire to be a player and good character, he’s the type of player coaches love to have. Now he has to find the right fit for a free safety who’s better as a finesse run stopper than a pass defender.
CFN Projection: Sixth Round