With the signing of Jake Delhomme and the trade for Seneca Wallace, the Cleveland Browns may not draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft. At least not as high as most Browns fans would like. They have more pressing needs and any QB drafted by the Browns probably wouldn’t play this year anyways.
Cleveland needs players that can contribute right away if they are going to improve over last year’s 5-11 record. Mike Holmgren is all about winning and giving the long suffering Browns fans a reason for hope. Getting a safety, offensive guard, defensive lineman, cornerback and possibly a wide receiver that can all get on the field and help the team win now, out weighs a QB who would probably sit for a couple of years. Unless someone unexpectedly falls down the charts, I have a feeling Cleveland will not select a QB. At least not with their top seven picks.
While looking at where the top quarterbacks will probably go in the draft, Cleveland would have to make a trade to move up to get one they covet. Trading draft picks is not sound when you have many needs.
Here are my thoughts on why Cleveland will not be taking a QB, at least not one of the bigger names.
Sam Bradford - Will go to the Rams. Getting Bradford would cost Cleveland way too much.
Jimmy Clausen - I don’t think Holmgren likes Clausen enough to take him at number seven so Clausen will probably go to either Buffalo or San Fransisco in the first round.
Colt McCoy - I really think Holmgren would like to get McCoy with the 38th pick but he will be long gone by then. I doubt he gets past Minnesota at 31 but if he does, look for some team to trade ahead of the Browns to get him.
Tim Tebow - I think the Browns would take Tebow if he’s still there in the third round but he won’t be. I look for Jacksonville to grab him up in the second.
Tony Pike - Cleveland has shown some interest in Pike but I look for him to be drafted in the fourth round. Cleveland does not have a pick in the 4th and may be hoping he slides to the 5th. That won’t happen.
I am not ruling out the Browns taking a quarterback late in the draft. Mike Kafka or Tim Hiller may be the first QB that Holmgren drafts as a member of the Cleveland Browns. A selection in the late rounds makes sense and may have been the plan all along.