Will today be the day that Cleveland gets their franchise quarterback, or is it just another smokescreen in this game we call the NFL Draft?
In a tweet today, NFL analyst Adam Schefter stated "Filed to ESPN: Bills and Browns have contacted the Rams about trading for the No. 33 pick. Jimmy Clausen, Colt McCoy in play."
In all likelihood, it seems like the Bills would be after Clausen and Cleveland would be after McCoy.
With all the "first round" talent still available, though, they could very well be going after Sergio Kindle, Taylor Mays, Brian Price, Nate Allen, Golden Tate, Charles Brown and Everson Griffen.
Tom Heckert has made it no secret that he'd like to add a pass rushing piece to the defensive line early on, making Griffen a strong candidate.
They also brought in Sergio Kindle to Cleveland for a long visit. Kindle is an absolute nightmare for quarterbacks and was projected to be a No. 20 pick.
Kindle could be the dark horse pick here.
If Cleveland selects Kindle they would walk away with two first round talents in the first two rounds. The best way to bolster a secondary is to get a pass rush. Tom Heckert has said it many times.
I wouldn't assume it's guaranteed to be McCoy, considering Holmgren has said many times he doesn't plan to take a quarterback in the first two rounds.
Cleveland privately visited with other late-round quarterbacks as well, including Cincinatti's Tony Pike, Northwestern's Mike Kafka and Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour.
With Mike Holmgren's track record of taking late round passers, it's not too hard to foresee them passing on McCoy.
A reminder that in the first round Mike Holmgren made a lot of media members talk when he allegedly offered nearly their entire draft to the Rams at the top of the first round. There's no reason St. Louis wouldn't have taken that deal, so it seems likely it was yet another smokescreen.
Just like today could be. Just because Cleveland fans are sold on drafting McCoy doesn't mean the front office sees it the same way. Jake Delhomme was paid and signed to start in 2010.
That leaves nothing but questions regarding an early round quarterback being signed.
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