With the Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi getting a few words of wisdom from team President Mike Holmngren this week, the Orange and Brown will allegedly look to provide Colt McCoy with a young back-up.
While the team has greater needs at this stage, the majority of the early selections will likely be aimed at defensive line and wide receiver. Holmgren does intend on watching top top-tiered quarterbacks in the combine as the Browns are currently selecting sixth overall and will likely have the opportunity to be in a spot coveted by any team looking to fill their gap under center. Also, if Blane Gabbert (currently ranked 5th overall by Scout.com) or Cam Newton (19th) can both do well enough in the combine to place themselves soundly among the top-5, this opens up a few more players at the sixth spot for the Browns.
The quarterbacks continue to be among the biggest question marks at this stage of the draft, showing on on various spots among league draft boards. Without clear-cut top players like Sam Bradford or Matthew Stafford, many mock drafts have had multiple defensive linemen among the top five. With the recent release of Shaun Rogers alongside David Bowens and Kenyon Coleman, it is widely speculated that the Browns will use their first-round selection on defense.
Given the latest talks about wanting to re-sign free agent Seneca Wallace, the drafting of another quarterback will likely signal the end of the Jake Delhomme Era in Cleveland.