Welcome to my final seven-round Cleveland Browns mock draft. After quickly reviewing the Browns' offseason moves including their first round selection in the NFL Draft, I will give you my updated picks for the rest of the Cleveland Browns 2010 draft.
Comings and Goings
Well, Florida cornerback Joe Haden is now a Brown. After reportedly offering most of his draft to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the rights to Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Holmgren and the Browns stood pat at pick number seven and selected Haden.
It's certainly not the sexiest pick in the world and it sure invites questions I asked in another post, NFL Draft 2010: Cleveland Browns:Say It Ain't Joe(Haden That Is!) but I digress.
From quality signings like tight end Ben Watson and linebacker Scott Fujita to the questionable two-year gift to ex-Panther Jake Delhomme, who was coming off a woeful two-year stretch, they have consistently made news.
They completely blew up the quarterback position by cutting Derek Anderson and trading Brady Quinn and acquiring promising Seneca Wallace from Seattle and signing Delhomme. Brett Ratliff returns, presumably as the third QB.
Quinn was traded almost immediately after the Delhomme signing to the Denver Broncos for a promising running back, Peyton Hillis, and two draft picks.
Linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, considered by many the second-best player on the defense was traded to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick. Corey Williams was traded to the Lions for a fifth-round pick. Reliable offensive lineman Hank Fraley was released, as was veteran tight end Steve Heiden.
Tony Pashos, an offensive lineman only known by immediate members of his family, was signed to a three-year, $10 million contract to shore up the right side of the line after playing in three games last year. Eric Ghiachiuc, a former starter from the Bengals, and Billy Yates, a backup tackle, were signed for offensive-line depth.
They took a calculated gamble with safety Brodney Pool and did not tender him, therefore making him an unrestricted free agent. The gamble backfired when he signed with the New York Jets.
The Browns put second-round tenders on six players: Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers, Abe Elam, Matt Roth, Jason Trusnik, and D'Qwell Jackson.
Trusnik signed his tender, and the rights to the other five reverted to the Browns when no one signed them by April 15.
Defensive tackle Shaun "Six Gun" Rogers was arrested for gun possession and running back Chris Jennings for assault. Both will likely face punishment from the league which may include suspensions further weakening the club.
Finally, the Browns obtained pro bowl cornerback Sheldon Brown and linebacker Chris Gocong for two draft picks and linebacker Alex Hall.
When all was said and done, the Browns have the following needs going into Friday's portion of the draft: defensive secondary, offensive line, defensive line, wide receiver, and quarterback. With quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy both in play I have to account for potential trades.
I will display the Browns first pick and then introduce a dramatically different draft based on Thursday's events.
My Selection No. 7: Earl Thomas (5'10", 197), Safety, University of Texas
Actual Selection No. 7: Joe Haden (5.10" 193), Cornerback, Florida
Considered the best cornerback in the draft until a poor 40 time at the combine. Rectified that with a 4.43 clocking at his pro-day. Can play man or zone coverage and was a lock down corner in college. Excellent in run support and has great recovery burst. Currently projects as the nickel back for the Browns.
Start of Mock
Article update: As of 6:00 P.M. Michael Smith of ESPN reports that Browns will not move up and quarterback is no longer a priority. I will leave my draft as 2000 people saw it!
Article Update:McCoy goes at 85 and Lauvao goes at 91, I am satisified despite Ward. With picks 134 and 146 traded for Hardesty, now we wait.
Trade into: Selection nos. 33-37: Either Quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen or Colt McCoy
The Browns pull the trigger and draft their quarterback of the future.
Clausen has good size, an above average arm, experience under tackle and in the west coast, a quick release and is probably the most lineup ready quarterback in the draft. He is somewhat abrasive and not as athletic as McCoy but has a stronger arm.
McCoy is pinpoint accurate, extremely athletic, confident, and inspires those around him. His accuracy and mobility make him a good fit for the west coast. He will need to work under center before he is ready for primetime.
Selection No. 38: Brian Price (6'2", 305), Defensive Tackle, UCLA
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. One of the quickest lineman in the draft.
Excellent athlete, chases plays down from behind. A true pocket collapser. Played fullback in goal line situations. Excellent insurance for an aging line with a legal question mark. Tends to overpursue at times. Price provides insurance behind Rogers.
Selection No. 71: Taylor Price (6'0", 204), Wide Receiver, Ohio
Good height and solidly built. Ran a 4.41 40. Excellent acceleration and burst. Terrific leaper and durable. Mature and not afraid to go over the middle. Good field awareness and has upside. Needs work on his hands. Not very shifty.
Price had 56 catches and five touchdowns in a run-oriented offense last year. Price is the speed receiver Holmgren has been looking for.
Selection No. 85: Nate Allen (6'0", 205), Safety, USF
Excellent centerfielder and athlete with good height. Allen has range and covers well. He is a solid tackler and has nine career interceptions. He is not a knockout hitter and has pedestrian speed.
Holmgren adds the much anticipated safety to his revamped secondary.
Selection No. 92: Traded with Next Year's No. 2 To Move Up Into Round Two
Selection No. 134: Sam Young (6'8" 316), Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Sam Young is a beast of a tackle with long arms, a huge frame and great natural strength. Excellent in run game and is a smart, hard working kid. First Irish offensive lineman to start every game. Projected at right tackle which fills the Browns need.
Not overly agile and will need time to adjust to the speed at the NFL level but scouts think he can make the grade. A good pick that fills a need at this point.
Selection No. 146: Jason Worilds (6'2", 254), Defensive End, Virginia Tech
Worilds is a super athletic defensive end who projects as an outside rush linebacker in the 3-4. He is explosive with good speed and a burst off the line. Decent dropping into coverage and is a reliable tackler. Had 15 sacks in his career.
Is a medical risk with multiple surgeries on his shoulder. The Browns take a chance on a pass rusher with a lot of potential to fill Kam Wimbley's shoes.
Selection No. 160: Joe Webb (6'3", 223), Wide Receiver, UAB
Webb was a two-year starter at quarterback, but played wide receiver for UAB in 2007. At his pro day, he ran a 4.44 40, had a vertical of 42.5 inches, and an 11'5" broad jump.
For reference, Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson, who had one of the best pro days in recent memory, had a vertical of 42.5 inches and a broad jump of 11'7."
As a quarterback, Webb rushed for over a 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons and looked smooth catching the ball at his pro day.
At this point of the draft, and with the success of slash type players like Josh Cribbs and Percy Harvin, Webb is definitely worth a gamble. Could be a huge find.
Selection No. 177: Mike Neal (6'3", 294), Defensive Tackle/End, Purdue
Neal is a terrific athlete with good size and excellent strength. He is quick and agile and maintains good balance and leverage. Can penetrate and make plays in the backfield. Is an above average pass rusher from the tackle position. Is projected to have the agility to play end in the 3-4 and provide pass rush.
Doesn't always get off blocks. Tends to take plays off and has durability concerns.
Had 11.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 2009. More depth behind Robaire Smith and Kenyon Coleman.
Selection No. 186: Shawn Lauvao (6'3", 315), Offensive Guard, Arizona State
Played left tackle but is projected as a powerful road mauler of a guard. Long arms, strong upper body and uses good technique with his hands. Lauvao has good initial quickness off the line and is known as a smart player who picks up stunts well.
He needs work on his feet and lower torso. Could slip to this spot because teams undervalue him at left tackle. Would be an excellent late round prospect for the interior of the line.
The selection of Joe Haden surprised me but I guess it shouldn't have. From the moment the first draft publication was printed he was linked to the Browns and that early sentiment proved prescient.
I really thought Earl Thomas' versatility would make him the pick if Eric Berry was gone but other, wiser souls predicted that Kyle Wilson from Boise State would be in the mix also.
On virtually every selection, I had to delete at least two names before I decided upon my final choice.
The Browns need so much help at so many positions, and this draft is so critical to them returning to national prominence that I was terrified of making the wrong call even in the later rounds.
And this is only a mock draft! I can't begin to imagine what Heckert, Holmgren, Mangini, and crew are going through right now.
In the end, the Browns drafted one safety, two defensive linemen, one projected linebacker, two wide receivers, one quarterback, one cornerback, and two offensive linemen.
It is unbelievable that both Clausen and McCoy fall into the Browns lap while the Broncos spend a first rounder on Tim Tebow after trading for Brady Quinn. Go figure.
I can't wait to see what the Browns do on Friday and Saturday. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of the draft!