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Building for Tomorrow, Today

Mike Holmgren’s first draft class broke my heart. At least it did while I watched it unfold. Never before had I hoped for the team to make certain strategic picks only to watch names announced that left me reeling. For days I argued that we missed the boat. I said to anyone who would listen that the team could pay me a lot less to make picks that are just as ludicrous. In my mind we had set ourselves back another decade; one I did not have time to sit through rooting for a team with no chance to compete.

Today I feel much more convinced that this team is on the right track. I see that the players taken are smart and hardworking. They were chosen because at the college level they made plays and they helped make their teams competitive. These picks are the players that fill some pretty sizeable holes in our lineup and they were brought on board because in most cases they can make an immediate impact.

That isn’t to say that the ship has been turned and we headed for a season full of wins. Unfortunately, that might be too much to ask for. Oddly enough, we might not see any real advantage until these guys are paired with the Holmgren picks of 2011. At that point we might finally see our bare cupboards filled with some talent and depth. It is still a long road ahead.

Some areas should be solidified though. I think our secondary is now taken care of. For the next five years we shouldn’t have to touch that group. Our running backs, trusting Hardesty is past any injury problems, is now strength. They are young, fast and strong. A real base for success was laid there. Offensive and Defensive lines have been bolstered. This will certainly provide dividends early. We only need to hope our Linebackers stay healthy and that unit too can be considered a formidable one.

What needs to be addressed than is the QB and WR positions. This is a work in progress as we might not be as far behind as we think. But, no doubt this team needs a true flagship field general at the quarterback position and a game breaker at wide receiver. I believe we have the coaching to groom our receivers into a successful unit. However, I think our first pick next year will have to be spent on the franchise QB. This in the grand scheme may be just how we want it as there are some talented quarterbacks that will be available.

So, I haven’t turned in my Browns Fan Card yet. My initial reaction was overrun by my own expectations. I am thankful that time provides perspective. Hopefully any other fans that felt the same way have come around too. This is our team and we need to support them. Let’s just hope the guy they are paying to make these decisions knows what he’s doing, and we’ll see the results on the field! Go Browns.

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2 Responses to “Building for Tomorrow, Today”

  1. Kory says:

    Other than your initial reaction, I felt pretty much the same way. It was a solid, if unspectacular draft class. I have no quips with Haden or Ward. We now have three, young, solid players in our secondary. Asante should be a solid special teamer but asking a 5th rounder to step on right away is foolish. Hopefully with the editions, Brown included, Elam can step it up a little. We still need a FS and a nickle back. Brown is 31 and McDonald leaves much to be desired. Still scratching my head as to why Kindle is not on this team…

    I liked the Hardesty pick when we made it. I was telling people he would look good in our orange, just not in the 2nd. Just stay healthy young man. (draft flashback, wait we passed on Kindle, Spikes is still sitting there… man that would have been a linebacking corps, just a thought.)

    I’m not going to touch the QB, I hope he is the answer, I think he is the answer, I also think Locker is a stud and hope we are not in the position to draft him next year. C’mon Colt.

    Living in Tampa I will tell you that Carlton Mitchell has me 90% sure he is going to make lots of teams say damn. The best new WR in the AFC North resides in Cleveland, not Baltimore. He may have some growing pains, but he is big, fast, can catch, and most importantly, plays like he belongs on the field.

    AS for Solidify the line, not so much, Lauvao could turn out to be a great gaurd, he will start on the right side at some point. You can never have too many OL. Now if this kid from Canada comes through…

    Geathers should be very good, came out early, had some legal issues, who knew young men fought? Big deal, he is non stop and driven, a large angry talanted man on our DL, fine by me…

  2. Denolakes says:

    Cleveland was a laugher on any good team’s schedule . . . almost like a scheduled bye week. Everything I have read or seen about Hardesty and Ward is good stuff. No question they have past injuries. Adrian Petersen, anyone? remember, he was a stand up runner who would always get hurt? At least, so said the experts. And, let’s face it, draft experts are like soap opera critics. Who really gives a fat hairy rats *** what any of them think about anything. Even the best among them have abysmal accuracy percentages. They are not done yet. We have several unsigned tenders still out there. Roth, Vickers will stay, to be sure. In fact, the fact that no other team jumped on any of these guys indicates that the team’s front office pegged this about right. Will this version compete for the Division? Probably not — but Cleveland will be far less of a laughing matter this season.

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