Cleveland has two picks early in the sixth round, these can be used to add some depth to a team that is in need of added talent at several different positions.Â The hope this late in the draft is to find players that can play on special teams, or get lucky and find a player whose skill set did not mesh with his college system, and could make the scouting department look like geniuses.
Cleveland holds the 163rd and 165th overall selections in the 2011 NFL draft, and coach Pat Shurmur and GM Mike Holmgren hope that at least of these picks stick with the team, and can produce some positive results for the 2011-12 season.
WR Ryan Whalen Â– Stanford. Whalen was a walk-on at Stanford and all he did was become a three year starter and become the all-time yardage and reception leader in school history. Whalen had a dis-appointing senior season, otherwise your looking at a third or fourth round player. At 6'1Â” and 205 pounds, Whalen does need to work on getting off the line better, but is a good pick this late in the draft.
ILB Josh Bynes Â– Auburn. Bynes was the field general for the Auburn defense this past season. At 6'1Â” and 240 pounds, Bynes needs to play in a system where he is asked to fill the middle on running downs. Not the best in pass coverage, Bynes could help a defense against the run and on special teams.
QB Taylor Potts Â– Texas Tech. Potts impressed scouts this off-season at the NFLPA, showing a strong arm and leadership qualities needed at the next level. Potts has good size at 6'4Â” and 220 pounds, and has worked his way into the draft with this past season of play and his off-season workouts.