The Browns have splurged this off-season bringing in key components, Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby, to an intimidating defense already including, Joe Haden, Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, and a stout defensive line. It appears that our offensive needs will be handled through the draft. With the fourth pick in this year’s draft, I hope the Cleveland Browns select, Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Clemson University.

In addition to new recruits, Ben Tate and Andrew Hawkins, Sammy Watkins would be another piece to the puzzle. Lining up outside across from Josh Gordon with Jordan Cameron in the middle too. Cleveland’s offense would look intimidating, terrifying, and dare I say top ten in the league. Adding Watkins as another weapon would make any quarterback look good, whether it be Brian Hoyer or a rookie that the Browns will draft.

Not to mention, pairing up Watkins with Gordon would give us an unbelievable dynamic duo. Pressure would be alleviated from Gordon as well as the quarterback position, by adding another legitimate option to throw the ball to. With another threatening wide out, defenses won’t be able to afford to focus on Josh Gordon completely.

Not to mention, with the suspension looming, if Josh Gordon dares to acquire a third strike, Sammy Watkins could more than likely fill his shoes. Think of the 20 year old as an insurance policy in case of an emergency.

Furthermore, the explosive receiver is a natural playmaker demonstrating constant speed and quickness. At six foot one, 211 pounds, his 4.43 40 yard dash is impressive. Watkins is a great route runner and displays aggressiveness. Witness the wide out fight for the ball, attacking it in midair, not sitting back waiting for the ball to arrive. The former Clemson star exhibits amazing run after the catch ability that most teams admire.

Needless to say, get the ball in Watkins’ hands and something will happen. The playmaker needs to be drafted with the fourth pick. This will still allow the quarterback of the future to arrive with the 26th pick, possibly Derek Carr or even Teddy Bridgewater. Regardless of our beloved Browns plans, they need to have a plan B in case things go awry.

Sitting comfortably with possession of the second overall pick are the St. Louis Rams, who are weighing multiple scenarios. They could upgrade their offensive line to protect Sam Bradford and improve their run game. St. Louis needs a wide receiver but with a deep draft and interest in their draft position, the Rams can opt to trade down to the thirteenth spot.

With this in mind, Detroit owns that pick as well as increasing interest in attaining Sammy Watkins. They want to stockpile weapons by accompanying the speedster with the likes of Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Reggie Bush. The Lions moving up the draft board would shake things up and screw up my plans.

Cleveland has various options with their first pick and it is unknown what they will do or who they will choose. Josh Gordon thinks it will be a quarterback but nothing is written in stone. The draft arrives in May and only then will all the questions be answered.

– Max Gold

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