With the 21st pick in the NFL Draft the Cleveland Browns have selected C Alex Mack.
Son of a bitch. I wanted Beanie Wells. Totally uninspired by this.
I’m not happy. I know he’s a good player and all, but there are other centers who probably would have been available at #36, like Max Unger perhaps. We had a chance to get a potentially great RB in Beanie Wells. Not happy. Not happy at all.
Okay, now that I’m settling down a bit, here is some info about Alex Mack:
- Alex Mack Player Profile — (Cal website)
- Alex Mack Prospect Profile — (ESPN Scouts Inc.)
- The Secret World of Alex Mack?
- Great Minds Think Alike — (Sharapova’s Thigh)
(And, for the record, Matt and I posted the Alex Mack Nickelodeon pictures independently, then realized it over email. Leave it to the Browns to draft someone who can be mocked with a Nickelodeon picture.)
I’m trying to get excited about this pick. I know the Browns need a physical presence up front, Mack seems like a very safe pick and a good football player, and I probably got my hopes up for Beanie Wells and am simply experiencing a let down. But won’t the centers be there at 36? If not, I’ll probably like this pick more. Especially if the Browns take LeSean McCoy later in the 2nd round.
Don’t misunderstand…I LOVE the trades and the Browns’ approach today. And I bet Alex Mack will be a good player (just having flashbacks to Jeff Faine from a few years back), but I really wanted Beanie Wells. I thought at 21, Wells offered great value. Oh well.
Onto the second round now for the Browns. Lots of picks. Hopefully we get some good players. I’m pulling for McCoy, Brian Robiskie, and/or Patrick Chung.
Update: I’m coming around on this pick the more I think about it.
The Browns traded back three times to get more picks, and then got the best player at his position in Alex Mack. There are three good centers in this draft, and none may be left by the time the Browns pick again at #36. However, there are still plenty of RBs and WRs on the board.
Value-wise, this was probably a very solid move by the Browns. Now that I’m finally on board with this, I will post an actual pic of Alex Mack…the center from Cal, not the Nickelodeon character.