NFL Draft: Cleveland's Best Options With the 7th Pick

gary wertmanCorrespondent IApril 1, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Safety Eric Berry #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers takes a breather during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Hokies beat the Volunteers 37-14.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns can do many things with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. When you are a team coming off a 5-11 season, you have many needs. I’m sure Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert will have done their homework and  have a good plan, but just in case they need some help, I have one too.

Option one - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee.  If Berry falls to the number seven spot, Cleveland has to take him. On a defense that is lacking in play makers, Berry would fill a huge void.  The secondary is a position of need on the Browns and they desperately need both a safety and a cornerback that can come in and start right away. Berry has the ability to play cornerback as well as safety and is the most talented defensive player in the draft.

Option two - Trade down, then take Earl Thomas, S, Texas. If Berry is gone by the time Cleveland picks and Jimmy Clausen is still on the board, the Browns should have some trade partners. Buffalo, Jacksonville, Seattle and possibly Minnesota could be interested in Clausen. A trade would allow Cleveland to move down and still get Thomas. Plus, the Browns should be able to get an extra second round pick in the trade, which would allow them to get both Colt McCoy, QB, Texas, and a cornerback in the second round.

Thomas is a very athletic safety who would be an instant starter with the Browns. Like Berry, he has the speed to play some cornerback if needed. McCoy is a quarterback that is rising and it may take a high 2nd round pick to get him.

Option three - Joe Haden, CB, Florida. If Berry is not there and a trade can’t be made, Joe Haden is the choice. He would fill a large hole at cornerback and give the Browns a dynamic pair of corners with Eric Wright on the other side. Having to settle for Haden as a third option would not be a bad thing.

With twelve picks in this years draft, Cleveland has enough ammunition to come away with a few difference makers, players who will make an immediate impact on this years Cleveland Browns.

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