Dark Horses the Browns Can Ride To Victory In the 2010 Draft

Mark GoodmanContributor IMarch 19, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Running back Legarrette Blount of Oregon runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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It seems like the "easy" projections for draft picks are the first round choices.  Minus a couple Top-10s falling in recent years (Brady Quinn), you can go to almost any mock draft website and get a feel for which teams will be taking over the first 32 picks.

The real beauty of the 2010 NFL Draft will come on days two and three.

The Browns have eleven picks from rounds two through seven. Here is a walkthrough of a few candidates that have the ability to turn heads as under-estimated or over-analyzed "troublemakers". 

The following are later round dark horses:

LeGarrette Blount

This guy was treated unfairly after what was deemed a "sucker-punch" against a trash talking Boise State player. 

The fact of the matter is that Blount showed more heart and devotion to maintaining respect than anyone I have seen in a long time. 

He took his season-long suspension humbly and has showed a growing maturity. 

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If he wants a place where he can turn his career around, look no further than Cleveland

A city and team that takes pride on recovering from tough times and lives every day with a blue-collar attitude would be perfect for this guy. 

Blount can pound the ball up the gut, and would be an excellent steal (considering he was a Top-five projection before "the incident").

Joe McKnight

If Mangini decides to shy away from the "character risks" of Blount, McKnight would also be an excellent choice. 

McKnight is a speedster that can split out and act as a receiver. 

He has been clocked with a 4.4 40-Yard Dash, something that could come in handy as the Browns look for something...anything to give their offense more life or a spark outside of Cribbs.

Thaddeus Gibson

The OLB from Ohio State impressed many at his Pro Day and might have worked his way into the second or third round.

Dan LeFevour

The last QB to come out of the MAC with any hype like this is now under investigation in Georgia. 

Granted, LeFevour isn't going to be a Top-10 pick but he could be one of the more over-looked players that falls into the lap of a lucky team. 

Cleveland has a need at QB, even if Delhomme is going to be the starter for a season or two. I severely doubt Seneca Wallace is "the future" at the most important position on the Browns. 

Conversely, if the Browns find a way to get Sam Bradford, this is a moot point. 

Tim Tebow

One of the most decorated college football players of all-time.  As much of a "hater" as I am of the ex-Gator, I can admit that he is a winner with a winning attitude. 

The guy refuses to let his team lose if there is anything he can do about it.  That is the type of player I want on my team, whether it is football or in life, Tebow is a leader that could prove to be one of the best second round picks in NFL History. 

On the other hand, he could also go the way of Danny Wuerffel. 

Myron Rolle

He is projected to be a fifth round pick. With a year out of football and the bragging rights of being a Rhodes Scholar, this guy is the type of intelligent presence any defense would love to have calling some of the shots. 

He is a longshot to be anything more than a fifth round piece of football cannon-fodder, but he was impressive in his time at Florida State.

That is my list for now.  More to come in the next few days.


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