Yesterday, Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Daniel Wolf wrote in his story 2010 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns May Not Get Eric Berry According to New Reports , that the Kansas City Chiefs were looking for trade partners for the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft and were possibly using the potential availability of Tennessee safety Eric Berry as bait.
For much of the pre-draft period the primary player that the Browns appeared to be hoping to acquire was Berry. How much of this was media speculation and how much was actually the feeling in Berea will probably never be known, but now we are faced with the question.
What do we do if Eric Berry is gone when we pick at No. 7?
A quick review of the Browns needs reads: defensive secondary, offensive line, defensive line, wide receiver and quarterback.
Do we select Texas safety Earl Thomas? Or, the fanbase be damned, Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen?
Do we select one of the elite tackles that may have slid down the draft board, like Trent Williams of Oklahoma or Bryan Bulaga of Iowa to shore up the line with Alex Mack and Joe Thomas?
A defensive lineman is a possibility but defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Jason Pierre-Paul seem like reaches at seven and I refuse to believe the Browns will draft Jared Odrick from Penn State at seven. They have been linked heavily to Odrick in the media and I believe they can get him at a lower spot.
Do we look for trade partners, and who might they be?
Buffalo at No. 9 may be interested in Clausen and we could still probably get Thomas or Morgan.
San Francisco at No. 13 may be looking for offensive line help and cornerback Joe Haden may still be available for us there as might Morgan and Odrick.
The Houston Texans at No. 20 are looking for secondary help and may be interested in Thomas. We may be able to get cornerback Kyle Wilson from Boise State at this spot.
Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles, Browns GM Tom Heckert's alma mater, have a stockpile of picks and are looking for a safety like Earl Thomas. At pick number 24, cornerback Devin McCourty would be an excellent choice and the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the Browns may like him more than Haden.
These are just a small sample of the myriad of trade possibilities out there if that's the route the Browns elect to go. Personally, I hope they select Earl Thomas even if Eric Berry is available, but I know I am in the minority. I just can't wait until Thursday to see what happens.
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