2010 NFL Draft: Is Kyle Wilson a Reach for the Cleveland Browns at No. 7?

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IMarch 13, 2010

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3: Defensive tackle Simi Toeaina #50 of the Oregon Ducks bumps fists with cornerback Kyle Wilson #1 of the Boise State Broncos before the game on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns are pretty much universally projected to pick Florida cornerback Joe Haden with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Haden is Scouts Inc.'s No. 1 ranked cornerback with Wilson coming in at No. 2, but there are many experts and scouts in the NFL that have a bad taste in their mouth based on Haden's slow 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine.

Haden will have a chance to redeem himself at Florida's Pro Day workout.

Wilson on the other hand, only managed to impress everyone and increase his draft stock at the combine.

He ran a very fast 40-yard dash and surprised many with his strength in the bench press.

Some will say that if the Browns really want Wilson, then the best thing to do is trade down into the late teens of the first round, where Wilson is projected to be a better value for his skill set.

What many are not talking about is how Haden has dropped in some mock drafts, and he has been seen as far as No. 17 in a few others.

Wilson has been projected as high as No. 13 in some mocks too.

Yes, mocks are all speculation, but if one player like Haden can drop, then it's not surprising to have another player rise higher in the draft because of Haden's fall.

We won't know whether Haden or Wilson will be wearing an orange helmet until draft day, but do not be surprised if the Browns switch it around and choose Wilson at No. 7.

Even though it may be called a reach, it's not a reach for the Browns who might be positioning themselves to pick the best player available at positions where they have the greatest needs.

Especially in their secondary, which needs both a starting cornerback and safety come opening day of the 2010 regular season, and many experts say that getting an impact cornerback is more important than getting an impact safety because you can leave that corner out on his own "island" every Sunday.


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