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How will the Cleveland Brown’s draft picks slot into the side?

Fresh off the back of an eighth losing season in a row, the Cleveland Browns went into yet another draft looking for the answer to their prayers. In Corey Coleman, the long-suffering supporters may well have found their superstar, someone who is expected to be able to make an instant impact. In fact, it was a fairly promising draft day all round for Cleveland, and a number of players have been tipped to make a significant contribution to the team in their rookie season.

With Cleveland’s sports fans currently feeling extremely good about themselves, after watching as Stipe Miocic was crowned UFC heavyweight champion just weeks before the Cavaliers wrapped up a stunning NBA Championship, the question is now whether or not the Browns can at least show they are a different team to the one that finished with a dismal 3-13 record. Currently as long as 20/1 with 32Red Canada and 888sport to top the AFC North next season, the Browns will be hoping to surprise a few people on their way to the playoffs.

While not all 14, yes 14, new recruits will be heading into preseason expecting to be handed a starting role in their first year in the NFL, there are definitely at least a handful of them that might yet make an immediate impact at the FirstEnergy Stadium. So, let’s take a look a closer look at this year’s draft picks and see whether or not they could have a role to play in 2016.

First Round

Cleveland knew what they wanted when it came to their first round draft pick this year and they made sure they got it. The Browns twice traded down in order to get wide receiver Corey Coleman, selecting him with the 15th pick. The franchise will be hoping the 21-year-old, one of four new wide receivers drafted by Cleaveland, will be able to create a partnership with new Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III. A stand-out receiver during his time with the Baylor Bears, as shown in this clip before, Coleman has shown himself to be a supreme athlete and possibly someone capable of being a big player in his rookie year.
 

Second Round

Selected 32nd overall, Nigerian-born Emmanuel Ogbah was one of the more overlooked defensive ends in this year’s draft. Having played a starring role during three successful years at Oklahoma State, the 22-year-old enters the league with a real chance of making a name for himself. The six-foot-four, 275-pound outside linebacker certainly has the athletic ability, the task is to now prove he has the skill and talent to make it against the best players in the NFL.

Third Round

The Browns picked up three very interesting options in the third round of this year’s draft. While it remains to be seen how much of a role Carl Nassib, Shon Coleman and Cody Kessler will play, there is an argument to suggest all three could find themselves handed a decent amount of game time this year. Nassib is joining a defensive end unit that struggled last season, while Coleman and Kessler join an offense that also came in for some stinging criticism.

Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Rounds

From the rest of the draft, the Browns placed particular emphasis on stockpiling their receiver corp, adding a further three players to their ranks following the arrival of Corey Coleman. All four will certainly have the chance to impress during preseason, and whoever is able to show signs of having a decent understanding with RG3 could well find themselves beginning the new campaign in the starting line-up.

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