Colt McCoy Not the "Winning" Answer for the Cleveland Browns

Geremy GrahamCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

BEREA, OH - MAY 01:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns gets ready to throw a pass during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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When Colt McCoy fell to the Cleveland Browns at pick No. 85 in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, it appeared he had been put in the right situation.

There are many aspects of the Browns that favor Colt McCoy, especially now that he has a chip on his shoulder after having to wait until the second day in the draft to find his team.

McCoy has a long history of winning at Texas University, which he will try to bring it to his new home in Cleveland, a city which is begging for a winning team now that LeBron James has departed for Miami.

Not only was McCoy a winner in Texas, but he is playing with something to prove, and usually quarterbacks with that mentality are dangerous.

McCoy is also competing with Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace for the starting quarterback position. I guess you can call that his competition ?

Eric Mangini has gone on record to say, "It's Jake Delhomme's job to lose."

How sad it must be in Cleveland, if they are going to now rely on Jake Delhomme to run their offense.

But back to Colt McCoy.

Despite what Mangini proclaimed, McCoy will win over the starting job at some point this year, once Delhomme decides to play for the other team like he did last year with the Carolina Panthers.

This being said, there are considerable doubts about the young gunner out of Texas.

It's hard to say this, because McCoy's such a classy guy, but he just doesn't have what it takes to win in the city of Cleveland.

That is too much to ask of even Peyton Manning, let alone Colt McCoy.

Colt McCoy was a fantastic college quarterback, there is no arguing that, but he played under a system which wasn't a pro-style offense like the West Coast offense he will face in Cleveland.

That is a tough transition for any college quarterback to make, even a great on like Colt McCoy.

His arm strength is average at best, which means he is going to have lots of trouble completing passes at the highest level where athletes are faster and stronger than they have ever been.

Another knock to McCoy is his fragility.

In the 2009 BCS title game, he looked to continue his winning ways holding the reins in Texas, but the sheer physicality for the Alabama defense proved to be too much for McCoy.

They bullied McCoy from the starting whistle, knocking him out of the game on just the fifth play from scrimmage.

This is just a taste of what he will face when he plays with the big boys in the NFL. The athletes are bigger, meaner, and more ferocious.

Could you imagine what is going to happen to Colt McCoy when he plays against the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and other powerhouse defenses?

Don't forget, the Cleveland Browns are in one of the toughest defensive divisions in the NFL, and for a fragile quarterback with a weak arm, that is his worst nightmare.

McCoy's lack of physical toughness will make it next to impossible for him to succeed against strong defenses in the NFL.

However, in the end, It's always tough to read quarterbacks who succeed at the college level.

The debate can go both ways when a quarterback like Colt McCoy has done so well with the Texas Longhorns.

But, I don't see McCoy becoming anything special in the NFL.

All the signs point toward bust: a weak throwing arm (which almost erases big play opportunities), lack of experience in a pro style offense, and a fragile body.

On the other hand, Colt McCoy has the determination and the drive to want to do well, and I hate to see young talent wasted in the NFL.

For Colt's sake, and for the sake of all of Cleveland, I hope I am proven wrong.