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Big impact forecast from Little
Posted May. 02 at 10:35 PM
The Browns traded out of a chance to select the draft's consensus 2nd-best receiver in Julio Jones last week. Mike Holmgren, though, thinks people will be pleasantly surprised by the wideout they used one of the acquired picks on, second-rounder Greg Little.
"I think you're going to be pleasantly surprised if you don't know him very well," said Holmgren of Little. "He's a young man who has a tremendous upside."
Big and strong (6-3, 231), Little is a versatile athlete; he played both tailback and receiver at North Carolina. That was in 2009; he was suspended for the entire 2010 season for contact and accepting benefits from an agent. His taking full blame for that mistake speaks in his favor, though, and he'd likely have been selected higher but for that.
Little is a good fit for Cleveland's west coast offense -- and for a team that has very little at the position. (No pun intended.)
Cleveland's trade down included acquiring Atlanta's first- and fourth-round picks next year. Asked if he's worried about the possibility that a new CBA will do away with the draft, Holmgren scoffs.
"There will be a draft next year," he said. "I heard someone say, 'What if there's no draft?' Well, what if they take the air out of every football in the United States? Then we can all do something else."
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