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Is James Davis of Clemson the Future Running Back for the Cleveland Browns?

BEREA, OH - MAY 02:  James Davis #28 of the Cleveland Browns tosses a ball to a coach during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Aaron ConklinContributor IMay 4, 2009

When I was watching the NFL Draft April 25 and 26, I was pondering if the Browns were going to ever draft a running back this year.

Of course—this happens in my life all the time—a few picks later the Browns were on the clock, and what do they do? They go and make me look like a fool because I was just telling a friend the Browns were not going to pick a back.

With the 195th overall pick, they selected James Davis out of Clemson.

Yes, he was relatively unknown to most football fans in Ohio. But I was well aware of who he was. I was excited because I watched a lot of Clemson games, and I know that he is the type of back the Browns can use to mold into a bruiser kind of running back.

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Davis earned a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee in 2007 after rushing for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns over his first three years at Clemson. But the two-time first-team All-ACC pick elected to return for his senior season, again showing a player's stock doesn't always increase by returning to school.

He rushed for only 751 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2008; still, Davis flashed the speed, power, and aggression to run over defenders in his limited chances behind a struggling quarterback and offensive line, showing he could be a fine NFL back.

In the right system, he could contribute immediately. He had an arm span of 30.5" and a hand span of 10" at the combine.

These are the reasons why I feel the Browns might have just found themselves a gem in what most gurus of the draft call rounds to just build depth.

Please, fans, let me know how you feel about this story.

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