Cleveland Browns: NFL Draft and War Room Vibes

Will GraysonContributor IApril 16, 2009

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Detail of the helmet of the Cleveland Browns before the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 15, 2002 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Browns won 20-7.  (Photo by Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)

Understand that the Braylon Edwards trade rumor doesn't have to materialize.

Then again if you're Cleveland, you almost have to go on with the trade.

This measure should merit no less than a No. 1 draft pick.  My belief is two first round picks with a player to be named.  Edwards is a "beast" when fully focused, but it's the "when" factor that makes him expendable.


No pressure to win?  Well there is just a bit, wouldn't you think? Fans are not going to sit on North Coast Harbor to digest mess.

The Draft Board

This is where individual philosophies come well into play.  I've always been a fan of this wish list notion. 

Top QBMatt Sanchez          Top LBAaron Curry

Top WRMichael Crabtree      Top DEBryan Orakpo

Top OLJason Smith             

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Top DLBJ. Raji

That just about takes care of all the positions the Browns need.

At second and third, their talent is the deepest in years, full of strong junior-year production on tape.

Percy Harvin, Artis Hicks, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jeremy Maclin, Brian Robiskie, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, and Larry English are just a few.

Trade Options

Due to the depth trading, some Cleveland Browns fans' hopeful draft picks are actually a great idea.  In the end, this is once again "a business."

In the NFL, it's a good idea to sell when a productive player is hot. The player in question is only either going to get hurt or get cut anyway.

In theory, this is mere war room vibe, and Cleveland is thinking the following:

Brady Quinn: no less than No. 1 future or present with a mandatory second round.

Braylon Edwards: two No. 1 picks, one present plus one future and a player.

Derek Anderson: two second round picks, one present plus one future (conditional first round if he makes the Pro Bowl or playoffs).

Wide open is an understatement.

The Pick

Whomever the player, he will have tremendous pressure to produce. Only my gut tells me that it will be at least three first round picks for Cleveland this year. Somewhere in the realm of Mark Sanchez-QB, Matthews-LB, and Kenny Britt-WR.

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