For the first time in years, I missed the draft. (This is what happens when you start planning for a trip to the other side of the planet.) Yahoo has some draft grades. Here’s a good summary of some other people’s thoughts.
In addition to the draft itself, the Browns also worked a trade for Davone Bess. The Browns also stockpiled picks for next year, trading a 4th for a 3rd (to Pittsburgh) and a 5th for a 4th (to Indy).
The actual draft was entirely defense, apart from the OT in the seventh. No. 6 pick Barkevious Mingo is very much a boom/bust type — he’s 100% pure pass rusher, ala DeMarcus Ware. His record in college seems pretty solid, and he’ll make an impact his first year. That’s all to the good.
Leon McFadden is another huge pick up with a few question marks — yes, he’s short (5’10”, which can be a problem in the NFL), but he’s an athletic DB, a position we haven’t had much luck with since Joe Haden. The Browns were desperately thin at safety, and Jamoris Slaughter should help there. The other two players are projects, both with some character or injury concerns.
Overall? I approve of not drafting a QB. I approve of addressing some needs on defense. I approve of stockpiling picks in the next draft, since this draft was light anyway (thanks to losing the 2nd rounder for Josh Gordon). I very much approve of having a player named Barkevious Mingo, whether he is good or not. I also like picking up Bess. My one complaint was not trading down — is DeMarcus Ware or Jevon Kearse 2.0 a good value for #6 overall? — but given what they had to work with, I’d give the Browns a solid B.