" ... selects Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns"
Posted Apr. 28 at 09:30 AM
I was aware that Cleveland won its final four games last year. And I was aware that Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards in the win at Kansas City, the 3rd-most by a back in NFL history.
I still find myself surprised, however, to see that Cleveland averaged 172 rushing yards in its final seven games – 2nd-most in the league. Part of that is playing an easy schedule (Harrison also went over 125 yards late in the year against Oakland and Jacksonville teams that were mailing it in). And no arguing that putting up 300-plus yards at Kansas City helps a team’s average, particularly in a seven-game sample.
But 172 is still a surprisingly large number. Cleveland didn’t have much at quarterback, so it went with an ultra conservative offense. Only the Jets and Panthers called a higher percentage of running plays last year.
I’m not saying Cleveland is going to escape the AFC North basement, but I think you have to consider the possibility that they’ll post average, maybe even above-average, rushing numbers this year.
RUSHING PRODUCTION IN WEEKS 11-17
175.0 NY Jets
148.0 Kansas City
127.7 New England
114.3 Green Bay
106.7 San Diego
106.6 New Orleans
105.3 Tampa Bay
103.1 St. Louis
97.0 San Francisco
83.9 NY Giants
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