2010 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns Final Five-Round Mock
Okay! The big night's tonight, so I decided to do a final mock.
I'm assuming, once again, that Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, and Eric Berry are all going to be gone by the time the Browns pick at No. 7.
Of course, Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert have confirmed that they've talked with the Rams about the No. 1 pick, and that could change everything.
With that in mind...here are my picks.
Round One: Safety Earl Thomas, Texas
Earl Thomas is a guy that everyone has a different opinion about.
The biggest knock on him is that he's too small. Yet he's almost the same size as "The Hair" in Pittsburgh...I think he'll be fine.
With Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright manning the corner spots and Abe Elam on his other side, Thomas could flourish in the Browns' defensive schemes.
Round Two: Quarterback Colt McCoy, Texas
It seems like this is the guy that everyone thinks goes here. Personally, I feel the Browns could pick up a guy later in the draft.
With the talent level after Bradford being pretty even, I think that McCoy would be ready to start sooner than Tim Tebow, John Skelton, Tony Pike, or Dan LeFevour, and with Jake Delhomme starting at QB right now...well, who knows how long they can trust him?
On a side note: As long as they don't take Jimmy Clausen in the first, I'm happy as hell. But if the Jags, Bills, or the Vikings don't take him in the first and he falls to this pick, the Browns will take him.
There's just something about Jimmy's face...makes me wanna punch it.
Round Three: Defensive End Corey Wootton, Northwestern
This guy would be an amazing fit in the Browns' 3-4 defense. He has the frame to add on 10 to 15 pounds and would give the defensive line some much-needed youth.
With Shaun Rogers most likely out for a little while, Wootton could step in and start right away.
Round Three: Tight End Jimmy Graham, Miami
This guy has a ton of potential at tight end in the NFL.
A basketball player for most of his career at Miami, he doesn't have the huge stats that Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen had. But he is a tremendous athlete along the lines of a Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates.
Yes, the Browns signed Ben Watson, but this guy can sit back and learn and be a great target in the red zone. In three years, this guy will be a Pro Bowler.
Round Three: Offensive Tackle/Guard Zane Beadles, Utah
Beadles is a big, athletic O-lineman that could step in at right guard right away and could develop into Tony Pashos' replacement at right tackle.
This may be a bit of a reach, but without a fourth round pick, he's the best fit at this spot.
Round Five: Center/Guard J.D. Walton, Baylor
Okay...here's what I'm thinking here. I don't really trust Tony Pashos. Is he solid? Yes. But I think he is much more prone to fail than he is to soar.
With Beadles taken in the third round, the Browns could take Walton or Marshall Newhouse (I went with Walton because he could step into the C if Alex Mack gets injured) to develop for the future.
The future could come as soon as the middle of the season if Pashos plays poorly or is injured. Then the starting O-line would be: Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Mack, Walton, and Beadles.
If it happens that way, then in the next couple of years the Browns could have a VERY talented, athletic, young offensive line to build upon.
Games are won and lost in the trenches—just ask the Jets.
Round Five: NT Jeff Owens, Georgia
At 6'1", 304, he's a bit undersized for a nose tackle, but he makes up for it with effort.
He tore his ACL in the Bulldogs' 2008 opener and battled back to start the 2009 season, where he had a "down" year (32 tackles, 3.5 TFL, one sack). He could also move over to end as well.
He's big, quick, and can bench-press 525 pounds...I'll take him in the fifth. He reminds a little of Jay Ratliff.
Round Five: Safety Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
A very underrated safety in this draft, Kurt Coleman is a sure tackler and, just like Earl Thomas, can also play corner.
Coleman would have the luxury of sitting behind Abe Elam and learning the game before taking over for him a couple years down the road.
If Elam still hasn't signed his tender by the time the season starts, Coleman could start as well (that's if Holmgren hasn't found a vet to fill in).