With the 2010 NFL draft rapidly approaching, there’s speculation from everyone, everywhere regarding what Cleveland is going to do in this draft.
Some are proponents of offensive help, while others are proponents of defensive help.
Some want Colt McCoy as the future QB, while others prefer Jevan Snead, Dan LeFevour, or Jimmy Clausen. Some want Earl Thomas at the safety spot, while some are adamant about Eric Berry.
The bottom line here is, Browns Nation can sense the importance of this draft, and they can feel the winds of change starting to blow on the Lake Erie shores—which, as all of you know, is a welcome feeling.
At no point since the reinstatement to the NFL in 1999 has there been this much optimism surrounding a perennially underachieving team. The additions of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert and the reformation of head coach Eric Mangini have made this an offseason for the ages and have sparked interest and optimism.
There were many questions prior to the free agency period about how the Browns would address their needs, and the proverbial “wish list” has changed numerous times—either because of Cleveland acquisitions or other moves that had a direct impact on the Browns.
Some of those questions have been answered, while others remain unanswered. So, in this installment, I’d like to look at the draft and give you all what I feel is a very realistic view of the Cleveland Browns' needs and how they address them.
One caveat here: This is NOT figuring any trades, but let me just say this...if Berry is gone by No. 7, the Browns will most likely move down and try to acquire more selections to bolster the D. If the move down happens, it’ll likely be to the mid teens.
The reality is that it’ll probably take a couple of moves to get there, possibly with multiple teams, but I believe they settle in somewhere around 13-17 if the move happens.
On with the mock-ing...