2010 NFL Draft: In Holmgren We Trust? Time Will Tell with Cleveland Browns Draft

Benjamin FlackSenior Analyst IApril 26, 2010

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 20: T.J. Ward #2 of the Oregon Ducks moves on the field before the game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on October 20, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 55-34. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft is over, and with its departure come a slew of opinions on how it went for the Cleveland Browns.

I don't need to recap the Browns' picks for you, so I'm not going to.

But I do have a few thoughts...

The Browns no doubt would have liked to trade down out of No. 7 after Eric Berry was taken fifth. Obviously that did not happen, most likely because no one wanted to move up due to the lack of overwhelming talent that was there.

Joe Haden was a much-needed player and a good choice. He should be able to start or play significant time in his rookie season.

Probably the most controversial pick of the whole draft for the Browns was the selection of T.J. Ward 38th overall.

Whether Ward was the "best player available" on the Browns' board at that point we will never know.

What we do know is that they had him rated much higher than most of the "experts," who had him at a fourth or fifth round talent.

The key name that Browns fans (including myself) have been throwing out in that place is Taylor Mays. Mays fell pretty far, finally going 49th to San Francisco. Mays did get passed over by his former coach Pete Carroll, who chose Earl Thomas instead. That is a fairly large red flag.

I do not know who will have a better NFL career.

What I do know is that when Ohio State played USC the past two seasons, they could not seem to get away from Mays. He was all over the field, stuffing runs at the line and knocking heads in the secondary. It was impossible to not know Taylor Mays' name by the end of the game.

Ohio State also played Oregon in the Rose Bowl this past January. I confess that I do not even remember seeing T.J. Ward in that game.

Writer's note: I still have the Rose Bowl on my DVR and plan on going back and watching all the OSU offensive plays to see if Ward really did make some plays and I just missed them.

Montario Hardesty was also a hot-button choice due to what was given up for him. Forget that he went 59th overall. The Browns gave up a third rounder and two fifth rounders to move up to get him.

Hardesty is a good player and certainly has talent. The main knock on him is his history of injuries. The Browns' team doctors evidently determined that that was not an issue.

The most talked about pick for the Browns, however, is No. 85.

Call it luck, fate, good fortune, providence—whatever—Colt McCoy was still on the board, and Mike Holmgren made the call to draft him. No one in the Browns' front office thought that he would still be there and were obviously excited that he was.

The rest of the Browns' picks were for depth and seemed to be good value for where the "experts" had them ranked.

The question: Was this a great, good, decent, or crappy draft?

We all have opinions, including me.

But here's a news flash...it does NOT matter.

What does matter is that the men in charge of the Cleveland Browns believe it puts this team in the best possible position going forward.

In Holmgren We Trust?

I was skeptical at first. But that is why I have no say in the matter...thank God, right?

My faith wavered...but I am trusting in HHM (Holmgren, Tom Heckert, and Eric Mangini) to bring this town a championship!