April 26, 2009

Browns busy on Day One

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Browns busy on Day One

By Zac Jackson

The Browns may have been the busiest team on the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Now that it’s over, they feel like they’re a better team.

The Browns made three first-round trades before selecting Cal center Alex Mack, a three-year starter who can also play guard, with the 21st overall pick.

By the time the day ended, the team now coached by a former Browns ball boy had another former Browns ball boy — Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie — and two more second-round selections, Georgia wide receiver Mohamed Masaquoi and Hawaii outside linebacker David Veikune.

The first trade, with the Jets, netted the Browns the second-round pick used on Veikune and three former Jets: safety Abram Elam, defensive end Kenyon Coleman and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

The Browns added sixth-round draft picks in trades with the Buccaneers and Eagles. They traded the 17th overall pick to Tampa Bay, moving down to 19, then moved to 21 and selected Mack.

Mack won the 2008 Draddy Trophy — often called “The Academic Heisman” — as the top scholar-athlete in college football. Robiskie was a finalist for the award.

Robiskie literally grew up with the Browns when his father, Terry, was coaching for the team from 2001-06. He starred at Chagrin Falls High School before going on to Ohio State, where he was a four-year contributor and twice an All-Big Ten selection.

Massaquoi was a three-year starter who had his best statistical year (58 catches, 920 yards, 8 touchdowns) as a senior. He also earned first-team All-SEC honors last fall.

Veikune had 16 sacks in his final two college seasons, 7 for Hawaii’s Sugar Bowl team in 2007 and 9 as a senior last fall. He probably will play outside linebacker in the Browns’ 3-4 defense.

Stay tuned to ClevelandBrowns.com for more throughout the evening and weekend for reaction from the Browns, press conferences and full coverage.

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