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.