2010 NFL Draft: Mike Holmgren's Hints Reveal Only Three Choices Tonight

Samuel IngroAnalyst IApril 22, 2010

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Eric Berry #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball after intercepting a pass during the SEC game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In just six short hours, all the waiting and guessing games will come to an end.

Will Cleveland get a new face of their franchise?

Eric Berry, the safety out of Tennessee, has been the popular choice. The latest mock drafts however have the Chiefs ignoring their needs, and passing on an offensive tackle, instead, taking Berry with the No. 5 pick.

Could Cleveland package the No. 7 and a third round pick to move up for Berry?

Numerically speaking, yes, the values would match up. It's unknown if Browns' president Mike Holmgren is sold enough on Berry to start trading away picks. Since some scouts have Earl Thomas even ranked above Eric Berry.

Will Cleveland stay put, and reach for Texas safety Earl Thomas at No. 7?

It's a strong possibility. After Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, and Eric Berry are all off the board, Cleveland could go a multitude of directions. They've shown some early interest in Earl Thomas, Jared Odrick, Derrick Morgan, and Rolando McClain, but in all likelihood Cleveland will be looking for trading partners.

Is Cleveland more likely to address offense or defense with their first pick?

Holmgren has hinted that the team has more needs than quarterback, and it would be very difficult for him to select one in the first or second rounds. With Sam Bradford going at one, that eliminates both him and Jimmy Clausen. Dez Bryant is considered a reach at No. 7, so he is also likely out. CJ Spiller could be an option, but by all accounts, it's looking like it'll be a defenseman.

Tom Heckert, the Browns general manager, has been known to draft a strong secondary as well as defensive line. With a huge gaping hole at free safety, and a line featuring three 30+ year old linemen, the obvious picks should be Free Safety or Defensive End.

Rolando McClain has been falling down draft boards, and Derrick Morgan would be a DE to OLB conversion project. The last time Cleveland tried converting a player to OLB, it was Kamerion Wimbley, who is now playing for the Raiders. At No. 7 it's a risky proposition, and unlikely to happen this draft.

Which leaves only three choices barring trading down:

Tennessee FS Eric Berry, Texas FS Earl Thomas, or Penn State DE Jared Odrick.