If he’s still on the board, Eric Berry should be the Browns pick at number seven overall. After the first round it gets a little tricky as to who Cleveland will target. They should probably go with the best player available. Just about any position could use a little help.
A backup quarterback is not a huge need but one that Mike Holmgren won’t be able to pass on for very long. Colt McCoy is a player the Browns have their eye on but so do a lot of other teams. After Cleveland makes their first selection of the draft, and barring any trades, McCoy would have to pass by Buffalo, Jacksonville, Seattle twice and Minnesota as teams that are probably in the market for a quarterback. You can add the St.Louis Rams if they do not take Sam Bradford with the first pick. Washington will also be looking for a QB if they don’t take one with the fourth pick. McCoy is probably one of the top three QBs coming out.
If I’m Mike Holmgren, I don’t like the odds of McCoy being there when the Browns pick in the second round. Will Cleveland try to trade back into the first or at least the top of the second? If they have their sights set on McCoy, they might have to. McCoy is a very accurate QB that has the tools and leadership to fit the west coast offense that Cleveland will run.
If the Browns miss out on McCoy, I look for them to set their sights on Mike Kafka from Northwestern. He could be had in the later rounds while allowing the Browns to concentrate on filling more pressing needs. They could get a pretty good cornerback, defensive lineman or offensive guard with that second round pick.
Cleveland has ten picks and should be able to get a few players who can be the core of the team for years to come. They don’t need to reach for a QB that isn’t going to be a starter this year. If they can get McCoy if he falls to them, fine. If not, they need to take a long look at Kafka. He could be a diamond in the fifth or sixth round.
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