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Three Rookies to start in 2010?


I would be surprised if this didn’t happen. All three rookies are tough and talented football players. Look for this secondary to be a strength of this football team for years to com.

The Cleveland Browns drafted cornerback Joe Haden seventh overall with the idea that he could start as a rookie. But Haden might not be the only rookie starting in the Browns’ secondary.

In fact, three-fourths of the Browns’ starting secondary could be rookies.

Browns coach Eric Mangini says he’s open to starting two rookie safeties in T.J. Ward and Larry Asante.

“If they’re the best guys, you may take some lumps early because they are rookies, but typically those guys continue to move up and excel,” Mangini said, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns surprised some people when they chose Ward with the sixth pick in the second round of the draft even though quarterbacks Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy (whom the Browns would end up taking in the third round) were still available. So Cleveland obviously thinks highly of him.

Asante, a strong safety from Nebraska, was chosen late in the fifth round and would seem to be a long shot to start as a rookie. But he was a three-year starter in college, and Mangini apparently likes what he’s seen from Asante so far.

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3 Responses to “Three Rookies to start in 2010?”

  1. Denolakes says:

    It is June. Nobody has seen these guys line up and play anywhere yet. We are looking at Division competition that has the likes of Boldin, Bryant, and Ochocinco with QBs like Palmer, Flacco and Rothelsberger. So, relax. Enjoy your daydream. But, right now, that is what it is. Three rookies starting in the DBs may be more a comment on the existing poor quality at that position than anything else. I hope that they are playing for the reason that they are starter caliber (I happen to think they are; could be wrong, though). All we are doing now is loading the guns. We have no idea what type of ammo we are packing.

  2. Chris says:

    Not sure that’s quite the analogy I would have gone for, Deno. Don’t you want to know what kind of ammo you’re loading a gun with? Seems like that’s a good way to knock yourself flat loading the wrong ammo into the wrong gun.

    But the essence of your point remains and that I agree with. Let’s not forget that last year at this time David Veikune was supposedly camping like a future champion only for the season to become and turn into a rumor. Maybe Brother Ward could let the temperatures start getting consistently reasonable again before starting the rookie starter talk.

    • Denolakes says:

      All we know is what we saw last year and what we hear about Mitchell from those who watched him play. So, we don’t know what we are loaded with . . . yet. I think the analogy fits. But, even if it doesn’t, I am not ashamed.

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