Will The Browns Trade For Sam Bradford Or Select Jimmy Clausen?

J GatskieCorrespondent IApril 17, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners drops back to pass against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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During the past week the Browns have had Jimmy Clausen in for a visit and publicly acknowledged having discussions with the St. Louis Rams about trading up for the first pick in the NFL draft. Whats on the mind of the Big Show as he is affectionately known in northeastern Ohio? Does he have a clear favorite and will he truly tip his hand prior to April 22nd.

Mike Holmgren, Cleveland Browns Czar, had this to say about Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford: "He's a coveted young man, you would have to mortgage the ranch(for him)" and followed that up with "In the real world, we're probably going to go in a different direction." He also said "if you are going to do that you only do it for a 15 year quarterback."

Holmgren has been high on Bradford since the scouting combine where the Sooner quarterback had the best wonderlic score among position mates by far. He has consistently said he like Bradford "alot" and that he is the only "franchise" quarterback in this draft.

On March 29th the Browns Czar attended Bradford much anticipated pro-day and came away with these following comments “He did it all,” Holmgren said. “I could only remember a couple throws where a guy had to even bend funny to catch it. He made all the throws, and he was good.”

On March 21st Holmgren said regarding Clausen: "I wish I liked him more," he said. "You know how you have a type of player that you like? It's not scientific. People like him a lot. He'll go high. But it would be hard for me [to take him]."

 Just this past week Holmgren reversed field on Clausen and said "I would not read too much into that statement, prior to the draft, I'll say any number of things for any number of reasons. When Jimmy came in, we talked about that little statement. I'm not going to tell you why. I had my reasons and we'll leave it at that". Holmgren was also quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer stating about Clausen's visit "We had a good talk. He had a good visit here. I like him. He's a good football player. His interview time with us, I thought went very well.''

The scouting reports on the two are as follows:

Sam Bradford ("6'5" 243)

He has prototypical size and is still filling out.Very intelligent as evidenced by his wonderlic score. Extremely accurate with outstanding touch, he throws on time. He has a quick delivery and throws a consistent spiral. A decent athlete, he stands talll in the pocket and moves well within it. Sam is a calm composed leader who makes good decisions, has an excellent work ethic and is ultracompetitive. His arm strength is more than adequate for the NFL as shown in his private workout.

The biggest knocks on Bradford are his durability and his ability to play under center. There are also some concerns about his reads and his feel for pressure, along with consistently maintaining his mechanics.


Scouting Report on Jimmy Clausen ("6'3" 223)



Jimmy Clausen is a good sized quarterback with good arm strength, good mechanics and a quick delivery. He is very accurate, has good touch and timing. Clausen has been raised to play quarterback and therefore has an excellent football IQ. He has good mobility, can throw on the run and takes care of the ball. Most importantly, he knows how to play under center, something many college quarterbacks don't in this era of the spread offense. He played most of last season with a damaged toe that required surgery so he has some grit to him.

Clausen has a personality that rubs many the wrong way.He is not a great athlete and has to wind up to throw the deep ball. Cautious to a fault at times, he can be too quick to check down, throw the ball away or take a sack.

Basically, from a fan's standpoint it appears Clausen will be ready to step into the lineup quicker since he played under center at Notre Dame but Sam Bradford seems to have that Phillip Rivers like ability to hit a receiver in stride where only he can catch it. There seems to be some question as to whether Clausen's hand size would make him a liability during the Cleveland winters. Clausen also allegedly has a weaker arm than Bradford.

The cost for Bradford would be expensive. The Browns are probably looking at two first round draft picks along with a second and third rounder and maybe even Shaun Rogers. A deal like that could set the team back due to its inability to fix needs in the defensive secondary, defensive line and wide receiver through the draft.

The cost for Clausen could be the support of some of the fan base. Having just seen Brady Quinn, another Notre Dame product, crash and burn at the helm of our beloved team, there may be a public backlash from such a selection. Last season the Browns almost had two games blacked out due to non-sellouts and if the young man falters at all he will hear about it and the fans at home may miss games.

Will the Browns trade up for Bradford, draft Clausen or does Holmgren have a card up his sleeve such as Colt Mccoy or Mike Kafka? Stay tuned Browns fans, the Big Show will be sure to shock us with more confusing Czar speak before April 22nd.