Mock drafts are fun to read and speculate on but mean very little. With the knowledge of what a teams weaknesses are, an educated guess can be made but it’s still a guess. In the Cleveland Browns case, even an educated guess is very hard to make.
With Mike Holmgren now running the show in Cleveland, quarterback has become a higher priority than it was a year ago with Eric Mangini in charge. Even with that knowledge, it’s still hard to predict what the Browns will do with the seventh pick in the draft.
If we knew what Holmgren thinks of Brady Quinn it might make it a little easier. He has not made his feelings known about Quinn, a former first round pick just three years ago. If Holmgren sees something worth developing in Quinn, you can forget picking a QB in the first round. If he doesn’t like what he sees in the current Browns quarterbacks, which is entirely possible, would he prefer to trade for a veteran and draft his future QB in the later rounds?
Out of the six teams picking ahead of the Browns, three of them will definitely not be taking a QB. Both Tampa Bay and Detroit took quarterbacks in the first round last year and Kansas City invested a fortune in Matt Cassel. That leaves St.Louis, Washington and Seattle, all of which could be looking for a franchise signal caller.
With all of this uncertainty and lack of inside knowledge, I will attempt a few of my best educated guesses as to who Cleveland will target in the first round.
Guess #1. With the seventh selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Cleveland selects Eric Berry, safety, Tennessee. A true playmaker that is so desperately needed on the Browns defense. A lot of people may think Berry will be long gone when Cleveland’s turn comes up but maybe not. I look for QBs to be taken by Washington and Seattle and offensive tackles by Detroit and Kansas City. St.Louis will probably take Suh at #1 and Tampa Bay will take Gerald McCoy, DT at #3.
Guess #2. If Berry is gone, I look for Cleveland to select Joe Haden CB, Florida. Haden would give the Browns the best cornerback in the draft. Haden would be an instant starter and along with Eric Wright, give Cleveland an outstanding pair of corners.
Guess #3. OK so Berry is gone and Haden is gone but with the seventh pick, Cleveland selects Taylor Mays, S, USC. I know he didn’t have a great senior season but there’s no denying his talent. Mays will dazzle the scouts at the combine which will cause his stock to rise. I think Mangini and Ryan could draw the best out of Mays. That would be very scary for Browns opponents.
Guess #4. For some strange reason Sam Bradford falls to the Browns and Holmgren can’t resist picking him. After trading for a veteran QB and then setting their sights on a middle to late round signal caller in the draft, the plan gets changed.
Guess #5. Cleveland trades down with the Atlanta Falcons and selects safety Earl Thomas, Texas, with the 19th pick. Holmgren acquires some extra picks and still gets a much needed defensive playmaker.
I guess it’s not that hard to figure out what I think Cleveland’s most pressing needs are. I wish it was that easy to read Holmgren’s mind.Article originally posted on http://www.nfltouchdown.com/