Connecting the Dots: Why the Cleveland Browns Will Not Draft in the First Round

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Connecting the Dots: Why the Cleveland Browns Will Not Draft in the First Round
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Since the final second ticked off the Browns' 2009 season, Cleveland fans around the country have been waiting to hear the magical phrase:

"With the seventh pick in the 2010 draft, the Cleveland Browns select..."

What if that phrase is never spoken? And let's acknowledge it now, because in all likelihood, it won't be.

Let's think back to last offseason, the excitement surrounding the 2009 draft, the questions that flew in, and the failed mock drafts.

Sitting at number five, everyone expected Cleveland to take players like OLB Brian Orakpo, NT BJ Raji, or WR Michael Crabtree. What happened?

"With the 21st pick in the 2010 draft, the Cleveland Browns select Center Alex Mack."

Just because it happened last year, doesn't mean it will happen again though right?

No, it doesn't, but think about the front office Cleveland just brought in.

Mike Holmgren is known to be a quarterback builder, yet finds himself inheriting two quarterbacks that have posted some of league's worst statistics. Yet, he proclaims there will be no quarterback controversy this offseason.

Why?

In 1992, his first year as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Holmgren made a trade for a 2nd rounder. A No. 33 overall prospect from the Atlanta Falcons named Brett Favre.

In doing so, he gave up a first round pick (No. 19) for the potential of a franchise quarterback.

The situation seems all too familiar, here Mike Holmgren is taking over another franchise, and the rumors are swirling again. This time around it's another 2nd rounder, a No. 36 prospect from the Philadelphia Eagles named Kevin Kolb.

Brett Favre and Kevin Kolb, are both southern boys of almost identical height, weight, and build. Both early second round picks, and both not their head coaches favorite choice for their franchise signal caller.

Ironically, both even wear the number four on their jersey. Connecting the dots yet?

All great teams need a franchise quarterback for long-term success, will Cleveland turn to an unknown in Sam Bradford with nagging health issues? Or yet another Notre Dame quarterback with more questions than answers?

I doubt it.

The more likely scenario involves Cleveland once again trading down to the lower portion of the round, maybe No. 19 for example? Picking up a middle round pick, and dealing their first round pick to Philadelphia.

Tom Heckert, the Browns new general manager, is very high on Kolb. It seems incredibly coincidental that he drafted Kolb himself in the 2007 draft to be his teams' future quarterback, and now finds himself drafting for a new team's future in 2010.

Andy Reid has named Donovan McNabb the starter already for 2010, it's incredibly unlikely they'll keep Kolb on the bench yet another season, especially considering the man who most believed in him now manages a different team.

Is it purely coincidence that Kolb's name keeps coming up? Maybe not, maybe it's just reality knocking at the door. Forget the dreams of Eric Berry or Joe Haden, the Browns' first round pick is sitting on a cold bench in Philadelphia waiting.

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