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2010 NFL Draft: Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow for the Cleveland Browns?

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IMarch 23, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  McCoy left the game in the first quarter due to injury.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns Team President Mike Holmgren is planning to draft a quarterback next month, and Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow would appear to be the leading candidates.

Appearances can be deceiving, but in this case, if a team wants a closer look, as they do with McCoy and Tebow, they don’t do it lightly.

Holmgren has been very candid about the Browns’ search for a new franchise quarterback, unusual for a front office executive but very refreshing from a fans’ standpoint.

It could be Holmgren has decided it takes more energy to dissemble than to just throw his cards out on the table, and he’s probably right.

The Browns current quarterback situation consists of an aging veteran who showed a serious breakdown last year, a career backup, and a very raw third string quarterback.

When you look at it that way, trying to pretend your team isn’t going to draft a quarterback seems pretty silly (Eric Mangini, take note of this).

Going through the list of top-rated quarterbacks available in this year’s draft, Sam Bradford has become the consensus first pick, whether he goes to the St. Louis Rams or Washington Redskins, Bradford won’t be on the board when the Browns pick at No. 7.

Holmgren also has said he’s not really interested in trading up for Bradford, and very few scenarios are out there that would drop Bradford into the Browns’ lap, although Bleacher Report’s Featured Columnists have declined to take Bradford through 26 picks of our first round mock.

Moving to Jimmy Clausen, Holmgren stated he wished he liked Clausen better. While the statement conceivably could be a smokescreen, I doubt it given Holmgren’s penchant for brutal honesty.

It's safe to say, at this point, Clausen’s chances of being a Cleveland Brown range somewhere between slim and none.

The next two quarterbacks to consider are McCoy and Tebow.

McCoy is projected to go in the second round in some mocks, and as low as the fourth round in others. Tebow is a lightning rod of debate, but few expect him to last into the third round.

I talked about McCoy here, and my stance on McCoy hasn’t changed. He has a lot of talent and if anyone can turn McCoy into a Pro Bowl quarterback, it’s Mike Holmgren.

McCoy threw 112 touchdowns and 45 interceptions in his four years as a starter at Texas, with a 70.3 percent completion rate.

Those are good numbers, especially the accuracy, something that is critical with Cleveland’s wide receivers, who tend to drop a lot of passes in the last few years.

Tebow has all the “intangibles,” if you ask the scouts, but his mechanics, long delivery style, and lack of experience taking snaps from center have raised huge red flags.

But one of Tebow’s intangibles is his drive to succeed. Tebow has been successful at every level so far, and he’s got the personality to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Tebow has thrown for more than 9,000 yards and 88 touchdowns in his four years as a Florida Gator. His completion percentage last year was 67.8.

Tebow is slightly larger than McCoy, though, giving him the advantage there.

There are a handful of other quarterbacks to consider, Jarrett Brown, Dan LeFevour, Jevan Snead, John Skelton, and Tony Pike, but McCoy and Tebow are the only two quarterbacks the Browns would consider trading back up into the second round for.

With the amount of third and fourth round picks the Browns have at this time, trading up into the second round makes the most sense.

So the question is, who do the Browns want, and what will they do to get their guy?

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