2011 NFL Draft: Are the Cleveland Browns Really Going To Draft a Quarterback?

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IApril 8, 2011

BEREA, OH - AUGUST 04:  Jake Delhomme #17 and Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns stand next to each other during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on August 4, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest issues surrounding the NFL draft is making sense out of the rumors that come forth during the draft process, and indeed the "smoke screens" that some NFL teams tend to put out in the open.

The Cleveland Browns may have been guilty of sending out some of those false messages earlier this spring, when Mike Holmgren indicated that the team will be looking to draft another quarterback this year.

The Browns organization has been quick to defend Colt McCoy as the quarterback of the future and even went so far as to sign backup Seneca Wallace to a three-year deal before any sort of NFL lockout ensued.

The Browns also signed free agent Jarret Brown to a contract shortly after the 2010 season ended.

The Browns simply do not have the need for another quarterback at this point.

Not only do they have those three players on the roster, but 13-year veteran Jake Delhomme is also signed through the 2011 season.

Many fans seem to think that Holmgren's interest in this year's prospects is nothing more than a ploy to get other teams thinking about Cleveland's draft plans.

Teams that feel that their top-ranked quarterback might be about to go, will work to trade up and thus help a team like Cleveland, who have several holes to fill, by trading them extra picks.

Having said that, while the talk surrounding the Browns and their quarterback situation may be false, Cleveland did go out of their way to hold personal workouts with many quarterback prospects such as Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick.

The Browns are beginning to become a very big player in the NFL draft scene as the team did not give many indications as to what their plans were last season—taking some picks that weren't neccessarily approved by the experts.

However, Cleveland manged to have one of their best draft classes in the last decade as multiple rookies found their way into the starting lineup, including Colt McCoy, Joe Haden and T.J. Ward.

Only time will tell whether or not Holmgren and Heckert were simply making waves with their talk of taking another quarterback.

However, if the Browns do decide to take another signal caller, expect the team to trade or release at least one more before the 2011 season begins.

Brian Murtaugh is a Cleveland Browns featured columnist for Bleacher Report as well as the lead columnist for Browns Central. Brian is also the fan voice of the Cleveland Browns for NFL Touchdown.