Cleveland Browns: Where Are They, and What's Going to Happen Next?

Spencer CarlsonContributor IMarch 23, 2010

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 03:  Jerome Harrison #35 of the Cleveland Browns runs by Gerald Alexander #42 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Since the Cleveland Browns have come back into the NFL in 1999, they have amassed a losing record and gone through 20-something quarterbacks, five head coaches, and just one playoff appearance.

All Browns fans sit here today and say one thing: When are we going to get it right? I mean, come on, the Saints just won the Super Bowl and they used to be called the Aint's with bags over their heads.

Well, I am here to say that they have finally got it right: Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are playoff-experienced and very good at drafting potential starting and Pro Bowl Players.

Here a little "FUN FACT OF THE DAY" (Dane Cook voice), the Cleveland Browns have 12 Draft Picks in what is considered the Deepest Draft since 1993 NFL Draft. The big Browns fan already knew that, so let me get started and not bore you.

Mike Holmgren has brought in Scott Fujita, who will play inside linebacker with D'Qwell Jackson.

He has brought in OL Tony Pashos who, when healthy, can be big asset at right tackle on the best part of this team, which is the offensive line. Remember when it was the worst? (Yikes).

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Holmgren also got underrated 29-year-old TE Ben Watson, who can absolutely play and is smart. He is only active NFL Player to have scored 58 out of 60 on the Wonderlic Test.

He also got his guy Seneca Wallace, who is athletic enough to play other positions and will be good back-up quarterback.

He also brought in veteran Jake Delhomme, and Browns fans complain because of his bad year last year, but in his other seasons he was productive.

You're also the same fans that go "we can't get rid of Brady Quinn because he only had one bad season." Well don't be a hypocrite because "You say, no, we can't bring Delhomme in, he had a horrible year." 

We have give him a chance to show the old Jake Delhomme.

Because you know what, Delhomme has proven it before he can do it, Brady Quinn hasn't proven he can do it even when missing wide-open receivers. Also, people say, well he had 18 INTs, well, did you know 10 were because of tips or drops, that's crazy.

I'll let you Brady Quinn fans cool down a little bit.

To the Draft: what are the biggest needs?

Future Starting Quarterback

Possible : Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Tony Pike, Dan Lefevour

I could live with any of these projects in two or three years being our Quarterback of the Future. Colt McCoy might be short at 6'1", but he is athletic and accurate, which can work perfectly in the West Coast Offense but worries me with his arm strength. 

Tim Tebow is raw, but he works hard on fixing his mechanics and is a natural born leader. Tony Pike is just straight fit for West Coast along with same thing for Dan Lefevour.

Starting Right Guard

Possible: Mike Iupati, Vladimir Ducasse, Mitch Petrus

If Cleveland can add a Right Guard to this Offensive Line. it could be very dangerous and the best asset the Browns have, which would help the running backs like Jerome Harrison, James Davis, and Peyton Hillis.

All three of these draft picks are big mobile and fit in at RG. Also the only way the Browns get Mike Iupati is if they trade down in the first round.

Second Starting Cornerback

Possible: Joe Haden, Patrick Robinson, Kareem Jackson, Syd'Quan Thompson

We all know that Joe Haden would be best choice to put on other side of Eric Wright but Patrick Robinson and Kareem Jackson would be good second-round picks and Syd'Quan Thompson would be great sleeper from CAL in the fourth to fifth round.

Number 2 Wide Receiver

Possible: Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, Demaryius Thomas, Mardy Gilyard

Cleveland needs that No. 2 guy to go along with Mohammed Massaquoi. I love Golden Tate and his speed and also like Demaryius Thomas with his height and athleticism. Mardy Gilyard would be good a fourth-round pick who I think falls.


Possible: Eric Berry, Darrell Stuckey, Kurt Coleman, Myron Rolle

All these guys can come in and start along with Abram Elam at the other Safety Position. Berry is great, enough said there. Stuckey, Coleman and Rolle all could be good later round picks to play safety.


Possible: Jason Pierre-Paul, Ricky Sapp, Thaddeus Gibson, Greg Hardy

Jason Pierre-Paul is really athletic and perfect fit if we're out of options in the first round.

Also, I like Ricky Sapp's and Thaddeus Gibson's careers at their respective colleges. Also, when he gets his head out of his butt and turns on his motor, Greg Hardy will be a great mid-round pick.

Possible free agents and trades left before the draft:

OG Rob Sims

LB Chris Gocong

WR Laveranues Coles

CB Anthony Henry

TOP late round sleepers in draft

1. Danario Alexander WR

2. C.J. Wilson DE

3. George Selvie DE

4. Devin Ross CB

5. Stafon Johnson, RB

My Projected Roster

Quarterback: Jake Delhomme, Seneca Wallace, (McCoy, Tebow, Pike)

Running Back: Jerome Harrison, James Davis, Peyton Hillis

Fullback: Lawrence Vickers

Wide Receiver: Mohammed Massaquoi, Lavernaues Coles, Golden Tate, Brian Robiskie Chansi Stuckey, Danario Alexander

Tight End: Ben Watson, Evan Moore, Robert Royal

Offensive line : Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Alex Mack, Mitch Petrus, Tony Pashos

DT/NT Shaun Rogers, Ahtyba Rubin

DE Kenyon Coleman, Robaire Smith, Greg Hardy, C.J. Wilson, C.J Mosley

OLB: Matt Roth, Jason Trusnik, Marcus Benard, Perry Riley, Alex Hall

ILB: D'Qwell Jackson, Scott Fujita, David Bowens, Eric Barton

CB: Eric Wright, Joe Haden, Brandon McDonald, Syd'Quan Thompson, Hank Poteat

S: Abram Elam, Darrell Stuckey, Kurt Coleman, Mike Adams

K: Phil Dawson

P: Dave Zastudil

Long Snapper: Ryan Pontbriand

Wildcat, QB, RB, WR, KR: Josh Cribbs, Trindon Holliday

Special teams: Ray Ventrone, Mike Adams, Blake Constanza, Gerald Lawson, Coye Francies, Nick Sorensen, Kaluka Maiava

Practice: Squad Chris Jennings, Brett Ratliff, Syndric Steptoe, Greg Estandia, David Veikune, Brian Schaefering

I do not care you agree or disagree but when I look at this roster that is very possible, I really like it we have Veteran QB along with a Athletic QB, and young Future QB.

Also love the running game with Harrison, Hillis, and Davis. WR corps consist of young but talented wideouts and a Veteran in Coles.

Offensive line is great along with Joe Thomas, also with Blocking Tight End Robert Royal and the Blocking Fullback Lawrence Vickers (who still thinks he's the best fullback in the league).

They have two young catching Tight Ends in Ben Watson, and Evan Moore. This Offense is young but get them some games under their belt and it could work real well balanced running-passing attack.

Now to Defense I love the linebackers we have; they are just hard nosed, tough working, go at you linebackers which is great for Rob Ryan Intense Defense.

The D-line, led by Shaun Rogers, can be decent as long as staying healthy same goes for the young talented secondary.

JOSH CRIBBS (Enough Said)

I cant wait for next year to see who will run wildcat with Josh Cribbs, it will be either the very athletic Seneca Wallace, or go the draft route With Dexter McCluster or Trindon Holliday.

When its all said and done, Mike Holmgren will not just make this team good but fun to watch!!!!!

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