Nate Burleson, WR, Browns
|WR - #90||305.88||CLE||Probable||12 years||32||6'0||198||@Nate13Burleson|
2014 Outlook: Deep-league OnlyLast updated on Jul-08-2014 by Rob Warner
Burleson signed a one-year contract with Cleveland after spending four mediocre years in Detroit. Burleson enters his 12th NFL season and has topped 1,000 yards just once (back in 2004 with Minnesota). The former 2003 third-round pick out of Nevada has 457 catches for 5,630 yards and 43 touchdowns over 135 career regular season games (Minnesota, Seattle and Detroit). He'll be 33 years old when the 2014 season begins and has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. Burleson fractured his left arm in early May (the same arm he broke in a car accident last season while trying to save a pizza from sliding off of his front seat). Despite the open competition for receptions in Cleveland, Hawkins and Austin are better fantasy options.
Everyone should agree that there is a lot of room for opportunity inside the Browns' receiving corps. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are expected to open the season atop the depth chart, but injuries have been a huge part of their NFL story in recent seasons. No. 3 wideout, Nate Burleson, will turn 33 next month.
Beyond tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns' passing offense is one big question mark. Perhaps youngster Charles Johnson can provide some answers. The 25-year-old wideout is the team's "most intriguing prospect," according to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com.
Johnson, a seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2013, stands at 6-foot-2 and blazed a 4.38 40-yard dash at his pro day. He was claimed by the Browns in October, but they found out soon afterward that Johnson had a torn ACL. He didn't participate in OTAs, but head coach Mike Pettine said "it looks pretty good" that Johnson will be healthy by the start of training camp later this week.
Put Johnson on dynasty notice. His pure measurables do make him an interesting talent; now we'll have to see if he is more athlete than football player. If he can come back strong from his knee surgery and handle the Browns' offense, he has a good chance to see playing time every week. If Austin and/or Hawkins suffer another injury, Johnson's fantasy stock could really take a leap.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/22 - Charles Johnson is 'most intriguing prospect' among Browns WRs
7/21 - Browns WR Josh Gordon unlikely to be cut
6/27 - WR Chandler Jones may be a 'diamond in the rough' for Browns
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|15.12||FFToolbox - Ian Ritchie|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|18.07||World Ranked Player #26 - #2 WR is pass happy offense so why not.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|20.02||World Fantasy Rankings #4 - The most obvious pick I could make in the 20th round. I actually started considering him a lot earlier than that but am starting to figure out, nobody thinks Nate B has any worth. Count me the opposite. Good offense matched with an opportunity creates late round value. People have anointed Broyles just like last year everyone anointed Titus Young as the Lions #2. Don't sleep on Nate! This is one veteran that can bounce back from injury.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|18.03||FootballDiehards - My "ace in the hole RBs" -- Marcel Reece and Roy Helu are gone so it's time to regroup and look for guys capable of producing in a flex role. Burleson will be healthy and have a role (albeit minor) in one of the league's most prolific passing attacks.|
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