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The Browns Draft
April 25, 2010 - Al Stephenson
I was going to entitle this blog, Analyzing the Browns Draft. Upon further consideration I left out the term analyzing. Why? Well actually there are three reasons.
First - I'm guessing that I won't be the only one that will analyze the draft. No, everyone does that, some with knowledge, others without. Adding my name to the list won't help a whole lot.
Second - I don't consider myself a football expert by any means. An armchair quarterback, you bet. A knowledgable football guru, not hardly. I don't know the 40 times or the number of reps bench pressing a certain weight or even how many off field issues a player has. So perhaps I should not analyze.
Third - No one can really analyze the draft (expert or not) until several years down the road. Players develop at different paces, injuries will undoubtably play a big role in the success (or not) of many players. You really can't tell what's going to happen until three or four years in the future.
So instead of pretending to analyze the draft, I will just talk about it. The opinions are solely those of this writer. Many are just gut feelings. I would not take anything I say too seriously. I am a fan and here are my thoughts on the Cleveland Browns draft of 2010.
Joe Haden, the first pick at #7 overall, is a cornerback from Florida. He should help and probably immediately. Choosing a cornerback first was a good move, even if the average fan in Cleveland wanted our quarterback situation addressed first.
T.J. Ward, a hard hitting free safety from Oregon went in round 2 with the 38th pick. With some highly touted QB's still available, Browns fans were wondering about this choice. Keep one term in mind you Browns Backers - hard hitting!!
When the Browns traded up to get the 59th pick in the second round, everyone was sure we would get that franchise QB. Not so fast my friends. Montario Hardesty, RB from Tennessee with a history of injury concerns, was not the QB we were looking for. Still, be patient, Hardesty may help.
In round 3 with the 85th pick and our QB still waiting, we brought cheers from the fans at last. Colt McCoy, the Texas QB with all those college wins, will become a Cleveland Brown. Let the cheering begin.
Perhaps the best pick may have been the Browns last. With the 186th pick overall we selected Clifton Geathers, a defensive end from South Carolina. He has a pedigree with a brother playing for the Bengals and an uncle with a great name. You recall Jumpy Geathers, do you not. He is like the Freak, Jevon Kearse. He is 6'8' tall, weighs around 300 pounds and has a 7' wingspan. He may be the steal of the draft.
There are some cautions to be thrown out here. We got excited when Brady Quinn was still available after we took Joe Thomas with the #3 pick. Quinn didn't exactly work out. McCoy may be that franchise QB we have been wanting for oh so long now. If he is it won't be right away. It will take time so be patient my brown and orange clad friends.
The view from my seat suggests that this draft may be considered a huge success. We won't know however for a few years. Sit tight and let's see how it plays out.
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