2010 NFL Draft: What if Eric Berry and Joe Haden Are Gone When Browns Pick?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 19, 2010

A well known fact about the Cleveland Browns is that they need major help in their defensive secondary.

So much help that both president Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert have agreed there are only three quality players currently on the roster in cornerback Eric Wright, safety Abram Elam, and utility defender Mike Adams.

As of right now, it seems that 95 percent of all mock drafts online say the Browns will select Florida cornerback Joe Haden with the No. 7 overall pick in April's draft.

Tennessee safety Eric Berry would be an ideal pick if he could drop to the Browns, but it seems highly unlikely to almost everyone but this journalist.

Some mock drafts even have Haden getting picked before the Browns pick.

Now the hypothetical question: What if both Berry and Haden are already off the board when the Browns have to pick at No. 7?

Some have shown support for the Browns selecting Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain, who paired with the Browns' current starting inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, would be a very scary duo in the middle.

Others have also shown some support for picking Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, who would easily be a starter opposite of Mohammed Massaquoi on opening day.

Another route could be to sure up the right side of the offensive line and pick Rutgers up-and-coming offensive tackle Anthony Davis.

Honestly, if both Berry and Haden are gone, going with McClain is a bit of a risk to invest No. 7 money, which would be a bit more than the $23 million in guaranteed cash that last year's No. 7 pick Darrius Heyward-Bey of the Raiders received.

Bryant may be worth the $23+ million in guaranteed money, but he is coming off of a suspension for most of the 2009 collegiate season and he may also carry a bit of diva in him, too.

Davis would totally be worth the guaranteed money, but at this point why not save a bit of that money?

That's where the Belichick way of working a draft comes into play and Browns fans saw that happen three times last year.

Trade down.

If the Browns could find a trade partner and move down into the teens, they could have a good chance of picking either Texas safety Earl Thomas, offensive tackle Bruce Campbell of Maryland, Idaho's offensive guard Mike Iupati, or McClain might even still be on the board in the teens and he would prove to be a better value then.

So many options and so many hypotheticals to contemplate, but that's what makes the weeks leading up the the NFL Draft so much fun.


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