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Stay The Course


From a fans perspective, the April draft comes with a great deal of excitement and numerous expectations. Many are looking at the stock pile of picks the team possesses and hope that in one fell swoop the organization can turn this thing around. Especially considering the depth of this year’s pool of players.

With an average of two picks per round, the Browns can upgrade numerous areas on offense, defense and special teams as long as everyone within the organization from Holmgren down to the scouting staff understand what the goals are with each pick and where this team wants to be at drafts end.

It is no big secret though that Cleveland needs a safety and a right tackle that can quickly start playing and be productive members of this organization for the next ten years. A linebacker with the same potential would be nice too. From how this draft is shaping up, finding players to fit those molds shouldn’t be a stretch. The question is with the late round picks. Can we find value when the 5th and 6th rounds come calling?

What really intrigues me though, is the question surrounding the quarterback position. Holmgren seems to like Bradford, although I hope he wouldn’t mortgage our chance at quality depth for a chance to pick him by moving up in the draft. What I would be more excited about is the prospect of taking Tim Tebow with a 2nd round pick. I think he has too much upside to leave him on the board if he was available. Especially with Jack now in Cleveland as a mentor and legitimate starter going into 2010.

The impressive thing about Tebow is his drive to win. He wants to be the best he can be and he wants to be part of a team. There is no doubt he is an emotional and inspirational leader. There is no doubt that he has an incredible work ethic. His recent work with a new throwing motion is a testament to that. Overall, he may never live up to the legend he created in Florida, but the pick would never be a waste.

The important thing though is to stay the course. Running down rabbit trails hoping to find the next big thing is not the way to go. Eric Mangini had it right last year. Pick intelligent, hard working football players who are equipped to develop into consistent playmakers. It is imperative with this draft that we find players like that. Another botched draft would put this team so far back in terms of competing, that by the time they could right the ship, there might not be any fans left to care.


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6 Responses to “Stay The Course”

  1. Denolakes says:

    While I agree for the most part, this team needs playmakers on both sides of the ball. That’s why I think Rogers does not get traded (and why Cribbs’ contract was renegotiated). It is also why Eric Berry with their first pick makes sense. Killer defenses have killer free safeties. That is Berry from everything I have read about him. Cleveland’s safety play has been marginal since their return. Pool was OK, but nothing to get excited about. And, he was too unreliable for my taste. They should be able to secure playmakers with their first 2 picks, to be sure — maybe trading into the first round to get yet another.

  2. Michael Ball says:

    If the Browns are to stay with a 3-4 defensive scheme, trading Rogers may make the most sense. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Browns trade Rogers to either move up and get the guy they want (Berry? Suh?) or to add another second round pick, preferably early in the round.

    As much as I like Rogers, he’s not the future of this franchise. Rubin can hold his own in the middle better in a 3-4 scheme. I wouldn’t use the trade to take a QB unless it’s in the second round. If we’re going to trade a defensive player, you replace him with a defensive player. Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul.

    Just a thought…

  3. Eddie Rodriguez says:

    I just want to know who this Jack QB is in the article? LOL, I know he meant Jake. Rookie mistake!LOL

  4. Chris says:

    I would certainly endorse the Berry move. From everything I’ve been able to gather secondhand (not following the college game leads to a lot of catch-up this time of year), Berry has Polamalu/Reed potential and Lord knows we needs that kind of leader force in our defensive unit.

    Not sure I’d get a brand name QB though. All the shoulder talk around Bradford and attitude talk about Claussen scare me. And while I root for Tebow because of all the naysaying he gets, I’m inclined to think he should be behind a more stable QB situation than ours. That way he has pretty of prep time before he is finally called upon.

    Besides, let’s consider who we have at the lead of the organization here. Holmgren took an afterthought backup from Atlanta, plugged him in up in Green Bay and groomed him into a guy who’s a surefire Hall of Famer. If Mr. Surefire Hall Of Famer will ever quit playing “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” that is. He took that guy’s backup with him to Seattle and made him such a solid NFL quarterback the Seahawks are only just now looking to replace him. And the organization Holmgren laid the groundwork for in Green Bay has done a quality job of bringing Aaron Rodgers along.

    Now that he’s brought Seneca Wallace over with him from Seattle, why can’t Wallace be the answer? Wallace has done more in Seattle than Favre had in Atlanta or Hasselback had in Green Bay. I have no problem with a mid-level prospect like a Pike or LaFever (sp?) as insurance in case Wallace can’t follow the pattern. But the glory boys can kiss my glack.

    We’ve had those guys in Couch and Quinn. We’ve gotten overheated for short term answers like Holcomb and Anderson. Wallace is the latest pick from a QB tree that’s borne fruit several times over. Why muck that up by being greedy? Especially when we have enough picks and a deep enough pool that we have the luxury of letting our picks come to us than chasing after them breathlessly.

  5. ButchGavlen says:

    you make a lot if good points. I tend to agree with your general way of thinking. I’d even be inclined to encourage them to trade down again. Hell, if they do as well as Mangini did last year and with Holmy making the picks, we could almost field a new team; let’s hear it for the new North Coast Offense. It’s coming.

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