NFL Draft Preview: Steelers & Browns

2013 NFL Draft

Cleveland Browns
2012 Record: 5-11, 2-4 (4th in AFC North)
Head Coach: Rob Chudzinski, 1st season
Offensive Coordinator: Norv Turner
Defensive Coordinator: Ray Horton
Special Teams Coordinator: Chris Tabor

The Browns stumbled to their fifth losing season in a row and their ninth in the past ten years. Cleveland has now turned to their seventh head coach in the last fifteen years. The Browns have compiled a record of 73-152 (.324). Here’s a few more disturbing facts: Cleveland last qualified for the post-season in 2002 and last won their division in 1989. The team from Cuyahoga County has utilized top ten choices in five of their last nine drafts.

Rod Chudzinski has worked for a number of defensive-minded head coaches over the years (Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Ron Rivera). Now, it is the first-year offensive Coach Chud’s turn to establish his team. What will he address first with his opening round selection?

Draft Picks by Position
While Chudzinski was on Browns’ Staff (notable)
Quarterback: 2 (Brady Quinn, Charlie Frye)
Offensive Line: 2 (Joe Thomas)
Running Back: 0
Wide Receiver: 2 (Syndric Steptoe)
Tight End: 2 (Kellen Winslow, Jr)
Defensive Line: 5 (Ahtyba Rubin)
Linebacker: 3 (Beau Bell)
Defensive Back: 5 (Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, Sean Jones, Brodney Pool)
Kicker/Punter: 0

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 18.9 (24th)
Total Offense: 314.2 (25th)
Points Allowed: 23.0 (19th)
Total Defense: 363.8 (23rd)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Brandon Weeden – 3385 yards, 57.4% (297-517), 14 TDs, 17 INTs
Rushing: Trent Richardson – 950 yards, 3.6 avg, 11 TDs
Receiving: Josh Gordon – 50 rec, 805 yards, 5 TDs
Tackles: D’Qwell Jackson – 118
QB Sacks: Jabaal Sheard – 7.0
Interceptions: Joe Haden – 3

Free Agent Signings/Resignings
Kevin Barnes, DB (Detroit)
Gary Barnidge, TE (Carolina)
Brandon Bofotay, K
Desmond Bryant, DT (Oakland)
Jason Campbell, QB (Chicago)
Kellen Davis, TE (Chicago)
Shayne Graham, K (Houston)
Quentin Groves, LB (Arizona)
Paul Kruger, LB (Baltimore)
David Nelson, WE (Buffalo)
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB
Chris Owens, DB (Atlanta)
Ryan Rau, LB (Philadelphia)

Free Agent Losses
Phil Dawson, K (San Francisco)
Josh Johnson, QB (Cincinnati)
Kaluka Maiava, LB (Oakland)
Mohamed Massaquoi, WR (Jacksonville)
Frostee Rucker, DE (Arizona)
Alex Smith, TE (Cincinnati)
Seneca Wallace, QB (New Orleans)
Benjamin Watson, TE (New Orleans)
Usama Young, S (Oakland)

Recent First Round Choices
2012: 3rd Pick – Trent Richardson, RB (Alabama)
2012: 22nd Pick – Brandon Weeden, QB (Oklahoma State)
2011: 21st Pick – Phil Taylor, DT (Baylor)
2010: 7th Pick – Joe Haden, CB (Florida)
2009: 21st Pick – Alex Mack, C (California)
2007: 3rd Pick – Joe Thomas, T (Wisconson)
2006: 13th Pick – Kamerion Wimbley, DE (Florida State)
2005: 3rd Pick – Braylon Edwards, WR (Michigan)

Browns Pick at #6 Since 1950
2004: Kellen Winslow Jr., TE (Miami, FL)
1957: Jim Brown, FB (Syracuse)

Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Line, Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety

Mock Drafts
Charles Davis, NFL Network (4/15) – 6th Pick: Ziggy Ansah, DE (BYU)
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network (4/10) – 6th Pick: Dee Milliner, CB (Alabama)
Ryan Lester, Bleacher Report (4/17) – 6th Pick: Dion Jordan, DE/LB (Oregon)
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (4/10) – 6th Pick: Ziggy Ansah, DE (BYU)
Will Brinson, CBSSports (4/16) – 12th Pick (following trade with Miami): Xavier Rhodes, CB/Florida State

Draft Choices
1st Round, 6th Pick
3rd Round, 68th Pick
4th Round, 104th Pick
5th Round, 139th Pick
5th Round, 164th Pick (via SF)
6th Round, 175th Pick
7th Round, 227th Pick (via Cincinnati)

Pittsburgh Steelers
2012 Record: 8-8, 3-3 (3rd in AFC North)
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin, 7th Season (68-36)
Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley
Defensive Coordinator: Dick LeBeau
Special Teams Coordinator: Danny Smith

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been one of the gold standards in the National Football League in the 2000s. The Black and Gold have suffered through just one losing campaign since 2000 (2003: 6-10) and have advanced to week eighteen eight times during that stretch.

Coach Mike Tomlin is faced with a large collection of youthful players to go along with the established veterans (Plaxico Burress, Ryan Clark, Larry Foote, Brett Keisel, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller) , as well as, the departure of key pieces from years gone by (Casey Hampton, James Harrison, Max Starks, Mike Wallace) . Most of the draft experts expect the Steelers to go defense in the middle of round one.

Draft Picks by Position
While Tomlin has been the Steelers’ head coach (notable)
Quarterback: 1
Offensive Line: 11 (David DeCastro, Mike Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Maurkice Pouncey)
Running Back: 5 (Rashard Mendenhall)
Wide Receiver: 6 (Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace)
Tight End: 3 (Matt Spaeth)
Defensive Line: 10 (Cameron Heyward, Jason Worlds, Ziggy Hood, LaMarr Woodley)
Linebacker: 5 (Lawrence Timmons)
Defensive Back: 8 (Keenan Lewis, Ryan Mundy, William Gay)
Kicker/Punter: 1 (Daniel Sepulveda)

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 21.0 (22nd)
Total Offense: 332.8 (21st)
Points Allowed: 19.6 (6th)
Total Defense: 275.8 (1st)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Ben Roethlisberger – 3265 yards, 63.3% (284-449), 26 TDs, 8 INTs
Rushing: Jonathan Dwyer – 623 yards, 4.0 avg, 2 TDs
Receiving: Heath Miller – 71 rec, 816 yards, 8 TDs
Tackles: Larry Foote – 113
QB Sacks: Lawrence Timmons – 6.0
Interceptions: Lawrence Timmons – 3

Free Agent Signings/Resignings
Plaxico Burress, WR
Larry Foote, LB
William Gay, CB (Arizona)
Bruce Gradkowski, QB (Cincinnati)
Emmanuel Sanders, WR
Matt Spaeth, TE (Chicago)
Stevenson Sylvester, LB
Greg Warren, LS

Free Agent Losses
Will Allen, S (Dallas)
Willie Colon, G (NY Jets)
Keenan Lewis, CB (New Orleans)
Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Arizona)
Ryan Mundy, S (NY Giants)
Mike Wallace, WR (Miami)

Recent First Round Choices
2012: 24th Pick – David DeCastro, G (Stanford)
2011: 31st Pick – Cameron Heyward, DT (Ohio State)
2010: 18th Pick – Maurkice Pouncey, C (Florida)
2009: 32nd Pick – Ziggy Hood, DE (Missouri)
2008: 23rd Pick – Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Illinois)
2007: 15th Pick – Lawrence Timmons, LB (Florida State)
2006: 25th Pick – Santonio Holmes, WR (Ohio State)
2005: 30th Pick – Heath Miller, TE (Virginia)

Steelers Pick at #17 Since 1936
1994: Charles Johnson, WR (Colorado)
1981: Keith Gary, DE (Oklahoma)
1956: Joe Krupa, DT (Purdue)
1939: Billy Patterson, B (Baylor)

Needs: Running Back, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line, Linebacker, Cornerback, Safety

Mock Drafts
Charles Davis, NFL Network (4/15) – 17th Pick: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network (4/10) – 17th Pick: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)
Ryan Lester, Bleacher Report (4/17) – 17th Pick: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)
Don Banks, Sports Illustrated (4/10) – 17th Pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S (Texas)
Will Brinson, CBSSports (4/16) – 17th Pick: Jarvis Jones, LB (Georgia)

Draft Choices
1st Round, 17th Pick
2nd Round, 48th Pick
3rd Round, 79th Pick
4th Round, 115th Pick
5th Round, 150th Pick
6th Round, 186th Pick
6th Round, 206th Pick (Compensatory)
7th Round, 223rd Pick

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