Greg Little

Winners from Rounds 1-3: Cleveland Browns

If the season started on Thursday morning the Cleveland Browns wouldn’t have had a defensive line. Two days later the have added two quality starters and may have done more to upgrade their defense than any team in the league.

Phil Taylor will be the anchor of the Browns defensive line

Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard may not be sexy picks, but they’re exactly what the Browns needed. Both will start from day one, and they compliment each other well. Taylor is a space eater, much like Shaun Rogers. Sheard is a pure pass rusher, who will team with Marcus Benard to give the Browns a nice pass rush duo.

And of course the best move of the draft was the pick they didn’t use.

The Browns got a king’s ransom from the Falcons in exchange for the 6th overall selection. One of those picks was used on North Carolina receiver Greg Little, who will be given an opportunity to start and could eventually develop into a true No. 1 receiver. And most importantly, they added a 2012 1st rounder.

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Greg Little scouting report

Greg Little WR North Carolina
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 230

Strengths:
Elite size for the position, both in terms of height and build. Rare athleticism/size combination. A tough runner after the catch; a converted running back.
Weaknesses:
Suspended for entire 2010 season for improper contact with an agent. Very raw. Lacks the basic fundamentals necessary to excel in the NFL. Route running is sloppy. Looks very choppy when making cuts; won’t shake any defenders at the next level with his current routes. Doesn’t have great hands; tends to trap the ball against his body.
Comments:
Few players have ever hurt their draft stock more than Greg Little when he got suspended for the 2010 season. He has the potential to be an elite receiver, but his suspension robbed him of valuable experience that he needed to become ready for the NFL. He has legitimate No. 1 receiver potential, but he isn’t close to being ready for that role. It will probably take at least three years before he shows what he’s truly capable of at the next level, but with hard work and good coaching he could be an absolute steal. That said, he’s unlikely to contribute early and could just as easily wind up being a complete bust.
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Do UNC suspensions hurt players’ draft stock?

Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn all had their season – and likely their careers – officially come to a close with the ruling that they had been “permanently suspended” from the North Carolina football program.

All three have a future in the NFL, so the only question now is: how does this ruling effect their draft stock?

Simply put, it only hurts their stock if they it.

NFL teams don’t care about eligibility concerns. These players aren’t in trouble with the law and they haven’t done anything that would violate the league’s personal conduct policy.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 7: Marvin Austin #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Austin lost an opportunity to improve his draft stock this season

That said, the players need to be prepared to speak openly about their suspensions and be honest about everything they did to violate NCAA rules. Just because teams aren’t concerned with what happened doesn’t mean they won’t ask questions about it. The teams will view it as a chance to see how these guys hold up under pressure. If they conduct themselves in a professional manor, it could actually work in their favor if teams come away impressed with their maturity.

While the suspensions don’t hurt them, they did miss out on an opportunity to improve their stock. Quinn already looks like a top-10 pick, and should be considered a 1st-round lock. However, Austin and Little had a lot more to prove this season.

Austin probably had the most to gain by playing in 2010. He returned for his senior year in hopes of having a Ndamukong Suh-like season, which undoubtedly would have shot him up draft boards. Instead, teams are left with game footage of him from his junior year where he looks good, but somewhat inconsistent. He definitely has the potential of a top-10 pick, but he has never shown that ability on the field over the course of a full season. His suspension means he misses out on that opportunity.

One other aspect of this that teams will be interested in is how the players spent their year away from football. The NFL combine now has increased importance for these three, as they must prove that they maintained their peak physical condition on their own. Once again, this could work in their favor. If a player is self-motivated enough to stay in shape while in college and away from the football field, teams will come away impressed.

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