In 2007, the Cleveland Browns had a great first round of the draft. Joe Thomas has been everything that a top five pick should be and the icing on the cake was that they traded their way back into the first round to take Brady Quinn.
The Browns were able to tell their fans that they brought the best two players on their board to Cleveland.
Joe Thomas had a great rookie year but due to Brady Quinn's holdout, he was protecting Derek Anderson. Cleveland had a dynamic offense as Braylon Edwards could catch the ball and Cleveland had a 10 win season.
Romeo Crennel saved his job and the Browns were a trendy pick to be a contender in the tough AFC in 2008.
There is something about drafting a quarterback in the NFL that brings the refreshing feeling of hope to a franchise. That 2007 draft followed by that 2007 season had all of us Browns fans forgetting what a wretched history we have endured.
2008 and 2009 reminded us all that we are Browns fans.
What looked like a great QB situation in 2007 proved the adage true that when you have two QB's you have no QB's. Neither Anderson nor Quinn took control of the starting job in Cleveland due to injuries and ineffectiveness.
Now they are both gone and Jake Delhomme was brought in along with Seneca Wallace. So Browns fans looked to the draft for a refreshing feeling of hope once again.
The seventh pick was Joe Haden out of Florida. Cornerback is a need for Cleveland and Haden does fill that need. The thing about taking a cornerback in the first round is that we all saw Deion Sanders dominate the league from the island. Sanders was a once in a generation talent and it is not fair to compare other first round cornerbacks to him.
We do though because we all love our teams and we all want them to draft players like Deion Sanders to fill positions of need for the team we love.
There was a lot of talk about taking Colt McCoy with the 38th pick so it was a letdown when the Browns took T. J. Ward out of Oregon. Ward is a safety so suddenly the defensive secondary looks a lot better than it did at this time two days ago.
It is just that cornerbacks and safeties don't give fans that refreshing feeling of hope. It is even worse when there is a guy on the board like Colt McCoy.
The Browns went on the offensive side with the 59th pick but it still wasn't a quarterback. It was running back Montario Hardesty out of Tennessee. This does bolster the offensive backfield but now there would be no chance for that refreshing feeling of hope.
Surely Colt McCoy would not be there when next the Browns picked.
Like Leslie Neilson said in Airplane, don't call me Shirley...
Because, with the 85th pick, that refreshing feeling of hope returned to Cleveland fans for the first time since draft day 2007.
We have a new quarterback in town. He has the most wins of any college quarterback ever. He is the quarterback that I wanted.
Colt McCoy is a Cleveland Brown.
He is a third round pick so he will not hold out. He will be at all of the off-season workouts. He will push Jake Delhomme in training camp. He will have Mike Holmgren as a mentor.
The Browns will have a stud quarterback and a plan in place to give him the best chance to succeed.
The Browns even drafted Shawn Lauvaro out of Arizona State with the 92nd pick to bolster their offensive line.
Five picks into the 2010 draft, Cleveland has shown a plan that their fans can plainly see and get behind. They added depth and talent to their defensive backfield. They have added to their running back corps.
They now have Colt McCoy and I can't stop smiling.
Then they added depth to their offensive line to continue on a re-building process that looks like it is heading somewhere.
Organizations need to have leadership at the top and we are so lucky to have a football man like Mike Holmgren running the show.
And we have a winner that will be taking the snaps in the foreseeable future.
It is not often that the 85th pick can save your draft but it can happen.
I give the Browns an A for their 2010 draft. Going into day three, the Browns have momentum on their side and that is such a refreshing feeling of hope.
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