2011 NFL Draft: How Will Shurmur, Heckert and Holmgren Impact Cleveland Browns?

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2011 NFL Draft: How Will Shurmur, Heckert and Holmgren Impact Cleveland Browns?
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Mike Holmgren

The countdown to the 2011 NFL draft now stands at just 18 days.

We already saw what the dynamic duo of Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert could do in the 2010 draft, and most of us were pretty pleased with the outcome.

Here are some of the biggest questions on the table entering the 2011 draft: Can Holmgren and Heckert repeat or exceed the success they had in 2010? Just how much will the opinions of new head coach Pat Shurmur factor in?

It's always a bit difficult to determine how much say a head coach gets in his team's draft selections. Obviously Shurmur will be part of the decision-making process, especially for offensive players, but most coaches ultimately have to defer to their GMs (or in the Browns' case, both GM and team president).

Still, the head coach is a factor too. Holmgren, for example, has publicly admitted that most of the draft decisions made during his time in Green Bay were those of GM Ron Wolf, not him. But you better believe he had a say in it.

Here's a look at how Holmgren, Shurmur and Heckert may each impact the 2011 Browns draft choices.

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