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Interview with Dawg Pound Daily’s Randy Gurzi

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns is congratulated by Jeff Driskel #6 of the Cincinnati Bengals after Clevelands 26-18 win at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 23: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns is congratulated by Jeff Driskel #6 of the Cincinnati Bengals after Clevelands 26-18 win at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 23, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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2.)   If you were John Dorsey, would you be drafting for overall talent or for positional need?

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 16: General Manager of the Cleveland Browns John Dorsey on the sidelines before the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 16, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 16: General Manager of the Cleveland Browns John Dorsey on the sidelines before the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 16, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

To me, it’s a myth to have it as an ‘either, or’ type of thing. If need isn’t considered, you could end up with a ton of players who won’t see the field. That’s why you have to find the perfect blend of BPA and need. For example, if the Browns are on the clock at No. 17 and the best players are at defensive end and wide receiver, they’re going wide receiver.

This was what led Dorsey to select Denzel Ward over Bradley Chubb. Yes, both were great prospects and he even said they were pretty similar on his board. However, looking at need, Ward won the tiebreaker. This isn’t to say picking Chubb would have been wrong, but Ward was a great player and filled a need. Perfect marriage.

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