2010 NFL Draft: Is Joe Haden a Better Pick Than Eric Berry for the Browns?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IFebruary 25, 2010

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 7: Cornerback Joe Haden #5 of the Florida Gators sets on defense against the Vanderbilt Commodores  on November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns fans can only dream of the chance to land Tennessee safety Eric Berry at this point in time before the NFL Draft in April.

Most of them are content with the option of choosing Florida cornerback Joe Haden if Berry is no longer on the board at No. 7.

Now another "draft expert" has published an updated mock saying that when the Browns pick, both Berry and Haden will be available for them to choose between, but the Browns will select Haden over Berry.

Both NFL.com's Bucky Brooks and now SI.com's Don Banks are in agreement with their respective mocks that the Browns would prefer Haden to Berry. You can view both their mocks here and here .

Is this possible?

Would the Browns pass on a very rare impact safety to settle with a possible shutdown cornerback?

That will be determined by both President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert to pick the better of the two if they are both served to the Browns on a silver platter at No. 7.

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Looking at this situation logically, picking either of the two would be a win-win for the Browns, who have big holes to fill in their secondary this offseason, but the decision will not be easy.

In the NFL, it is a more rare occurrence to land a top-tier safety the likes of the Steelers' Troy Polamalu, the Ravens' Ed Reed, the Colts' Bob Sanders (when healthy), and the Saints' Darren Sharper, to name just a few.

As far as cornerbacks go, there are many more talented corners entering this draft, and the Browns can easily get a solid starter quality corner in either the second or third rounds. But to have a chance at Berry only to pass him up and watch him become the next superstar safety is almost too big a chance to take.

The Browns really need an impact player in their secondary more than anything right now since Brodney Pool has had too many concussions in his career and Brandon McDonald's play has been lackluster for the past two seasons.

Unless there is a way that they can get Florida State's Myron Rolle, can they pass up on Berry?

Of course, this is all just speculation, and the Browns could pass on both of them, but it seems unlikely since both Holmgren and Heckert have expressed their concern over the defensive secondary, and it is a major priority of theirs to fill.