Cleveland Browns Draft "Mistakes" Since 2004
I started this article prior to the announcement that Mike Holmgren would not return as the Cleveland Browns President.
New owner Jimmy Haslem made the announcement on Tuesday, in a less than surprising move. Haslem, the newest owner in the National Football League, wants to put his own imprint on his new franchise. That cannot be seen as a bad thing.
Whether it was Holmgren or any other official atop the Browns' front office, this organization has struggled for the better part of the last quarter-century.
Most of their issues have to do with player personnel decisions. Just take a gander at the photo embedded at the top. Cleveland has probably been one of the worst teams in terms of making draft day decisions.
While it is too early to draw a conclusion about Cleveland's 2012 draft class, most would conclude that it leaves a lot to be desired. Trent Richardson will most likely become a Pro Bowl running back in relatively short order, but Brandon Weeden is the primary issue here.
Cleveland made the decision to select a quarterback in the first round of April's draft that will turn 30 halfway through his sophomore season. That makes absolutely no sense to most experts outside of the Browns' organization. They could have just given Colt McCoy another season to prove he can be a franchise guy. If not, the 2013 NFL draft class is loaded with younger quarterbacks that could have given the Browns some hope moving forward.
While we have no idea what this front office shakeup means as it relates to Pat Shurmur, I can utilize pure conjecture to indicate that he will not return in 2013.
If so, that probably isn't the worst thing in the world. Cleveland, like it has done so many times in the past, just need to start over. At least, it has a new owner that seems committed to doing that.