So we are 2-11 and that means it’s time to talk about draft position. Go ahead and read the article from No Logo Needed this morning about why we should be focusing more about winning. It doesn’t matter worth anything in the future since there is no way this team is going to be winning any playoff games as it stands right now. Turnover always occurs from year to year and with 11 draft picks this coming April along with a top ten selection, this could be the most important draft for the team since the selection Tim Couch back in 1999.
Over a month ago, I wrote an article talking mostly about Mike Holmgren coming over to Cleveland, but at the end mentioned some resourceful NFL Draft Web sites. Although Cleveland’s win over Pittsburgh coupled with the continued losses for 1-12 St. Louis and Tampa Bay hurt the team’s current draft status, it is intriguing to look at what players the team could get toward the top of the board. When looking at four of the blogs I mentioned in that story, the main theme for this franchise was whether or not they take a brand new franchise QB at the top of the draft.
Overall, I am highlighting 11 different players that probably encompasses all the possible selections for the Browns at the top end of the first round in the draft. The main theme that divides these players is whether or not they are a quarterback, as four such individuals play that particular position. The majority of these college football players are draft-eligible juniors that are likely to declare for the draft, and time will tell if all are available at our slot.
The QB candidates are simple and easy as Jake Locker, Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow will all be drafted in some order during the first round of the draft. There are multiple reports on all of these players, but none of them will be playing in this year’s BCS National Championship. In fact, only the lower-rated Tebow will actually be playing in a bowl game as Notre Dame elected not to play in a game while Bradford is hurt and Locker’s Washington team struggled all season. So the opportunities to watch these players are now limited, but the question holds ground for the franchise moving forward.
Is Brady Quinn the future? I am sure that all of us will hear this question hundreds of times between now and anytime before the start of next season, but that main question will dictate how this draft goes. The Browns and whoever is the GM or “Czar” will need to decide somehow if Quinn has taken advantage of his recent opportunities and proven he can be a legitimate NFL starting quarterback. If he has not shown enough yet, the team will also need to figure out some sort of plan for action in determining when the time is right to finally acquire a quarterback that can lead this team to a winning season.
Five other individuals that will assuredly go at the top end of the first round are Gerald McCoy, Ndamukong Suh, Joe Haden, Taylor Mays and Eric Berry. With Suh or McCoy, the Browns could possibly have the most dominant line in the NFL alongside Shaun Rogers and up-and-coming Ahtyba Rubin, but the secondary was definitely been the weak point all year. Mays and Berry both have play making skills as safeties that remind me of Ed Reed back when he played for The U, and could make a huge difference from game one as a Brown. The corner back Haden and line backer McClain on the other hand, were two of the biggest difference makers on the top two teams in the SEC all season.
The final two people that possibly could be mentioned for the Browns are C.J. Spiller out of Clemson and Dez Bryant, the ineligible receiver who used to play for Oklahoma State. Both would add fire power to the offense that respectfully uhh, has no real exciting option for the future. From this list of 11 players total now, I excluded all offensive lineman since the team will probably look in the second or third round for such players.
Here once again are the stats for those 11 players this season, their current schools and where they are current slotted in ESPN’s Scouts Inc. Big Board:
1. S Eric Berry, Tennessee, 83 tackles and two INT’s
2. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, 82 tackles, 12 sacks and one INT
3. DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, 29 tackles and five sacks
4. CB Joe Haden, Florida, 57 tackles, three sacks and four INT’s
7. LB Rolando McClain, Alabama, 101 tackles, four sacks and three INT’s
9. QB Jake Locker, Wash., 2,800 pass (58.2%) 21 TD/11 INT, 388 rush and 7 TD’s
10. RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson, 201 carries, 1,148 rush, 11 TD’s, 448 rec and 4 TD’s
11. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, 4,720 pass (67.9%) 50 TD/8 INT (from 2008)
13. WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma St., 87 catch, 1,480 rec and 19 TD’s (from 2008)
18. S Taylor Mays, Southern Cal, 88 tackles and one INT
28. QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame, 3,720 pass (68.0%) 28 TD/4 INT
XX. QB Tim Tebow, Florida, 2,413 pass (65.2%) 18 TD/5 INT, 859 rush and 13 TD’s
What all do you say out there? Is BQ the kid for sure the answer and/or will the final three games tell us something different about his future? Should we try to draft a safety or is it necessary for the team to bulk up the defensive line or look for a skill player on offense? Share your family-appropriate comments down below.