Grading The Cleveland Browns Draft Picks For 2010

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IApril 25, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5: Colt McCoy #12 of the Texas Longhorns lifts the trophy after winning the Big 12 Football Championship game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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With the 2010 NFL draft fading into the rearview mirror, it's time to look at the draft as a whole and see how the Browns did based on projections.

In the first round, the Browns took cornerback Joe Haden with the No. 7 pick. There was no bigger need on the Browns than the secondary, so this becomes a good value pick since safety Eric Berry had been taken by the Chiefs two picks earlier.

There were a few other options at this slot the Browns could have taken, but that just gets too argumentative over which player is better at what aspect of the game. So you just have to judge Haden on his own merits, and they're all pretty good.

The Browns get an "A" for their first-round pick.

Then there's the second round. The round that haunted the Browns last year and will be scrutinized to infinity this year should these players not perform well.

T.J. Ward was taken with the 38th pick and Montario Hardesty was traded up for at the 59th pick.

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Both players were reaches, especially Ward, and both have injury histories.

The Browns decided with the 38th pick they were going to fill a need at safety over taking best player available, which is fine, but when players like Sergio Kindle and other players who project well into a 3-4 defense still were on the board, the Ward pick has to be questioned.

Colt McCoy obviously was still on the board, but team president Mike Holmgren said they weren't taking a quarterback in the first two rounds, so it's a moot point.

A lot of people wondered why Ward was taken over Taylor Mays, but a few hours later, Mays melted down completely over Pete Carroll passing him over, so there obviously were some red flags over maturity issues in addition to Mays' on-the-field shortcomings.

In the press conference after the Hardesty pick, general manager Tom Heckert noted the team had become "concerned" Hardesty would not be available to them when their turn came up again in the third-round, so they traded up for him.

That's fine as well, but the price of two fifth-round picks may chart well on the draft value board, but the deal seemed a bit steep, especially to jump in front of the Seahawks, who took Golden Tate with their pick.

The other factor to consider is Jonathan Dwyer still was on the board, and although he fell all the way into the sixth-round, the reasons for that, relatively speaking, were weak, and that's not something anyone predicted, even at that point in the second round.

So the second-round gets a "B-" because the players look like they can have an impact, but they have injury histories and were reaches.

The third round featured the selection of Colt McCoy when he unexpectedly still was on the board at No. 85. There is no debating the value of this pick, McCoy is being compared to Brian Sipe in his size and attributes, and we can only hope he rises to at least that level of success.

The Browns other third-round pick was offensive lineman Shaun Lauvao out of ASU. I predicted Lauvao's pick here, so let me take a moment and pat myself on the back for that one.

But, the addition of a future franchise quarterback who was projected to go much higher, and the addition of a very solid offensive lineman put the third-round grade at an "A+"

The fifth round featured the addition of safety Larry Asante, who is described as a "tough" player, the buzzword of this year's draft.

The only thing to nitpick here is Myron Rolle was still on the board, and he was unjustly passed on until the end of the sixth round due to his Rhodes Scholarship.

The sixth round featured the addition of a wide receiver, Mitchell Carlton, and a defensive end, Geathers Clifton. These are all solid depth picks, which is what you want with your late round picks.

The grade for the fifth and sixth rounds is a very solid "B" because no tight ends were taken.

Overall grade for the 2010 Cleveland Browns NFL draft as it stands on April 25 is a "B".