In the 1999 draft the Cleveland Browns select…. Tim Couch. Ten years later and with the fifth pick in the draft the Cleveland Browns select …… Who is going to be the next Cleveland Brown draft pick? We don’t know who it is going to be today but that player is going to make a lot of money.
Couch received a seven year, forty eight million dollar contract with a twelve million dollar signing bonus. Courtney Brown received a six year forty five million dollar contract and Gerard Warren receiving a six year thirty six million dollar contract.
That my friends is the reason why the Browns are drafting again in the top five. 132 million dollars on two players who are out of the league,and Gerard Warren is wearing out his welcome in Oakland. You mess up three major draft picks it is going to set you back ten years.
Hopefully with this new regime we can get it right which worries me about drafting in the top five and tying a lot of money in one guy again. If the opportunity arises the Browns should no question trade down and pick up extra draft picks in the first day.
It might not be the sexy move on Draft day but Joe Thomas wasn’t either, and he is are best draft pick in the past ten years. If the Browns do not find any takers to trade down what do they do with that fifth pick to make sure the past doesn’t repeat itself?
The Browns need multiple players to fill multiple needs on both sides of ball. If you are drafting a defensive player in the top five you better make sure he is a Game changer. What changed the Tampa Bay Buccaneer franchise around was drafting Warren Sapp in the first round and then hitting on Derrick Brooks in the second round.
Two defensive guys that eventually turned the franchise around on that side of the ball and won a Super Bowl. Pittsburgh and it irks me to say it hit on drafting a MAC Quarterback in the first round and that longed haired freak in Troy Polamalu with the sixteenth pick in 2003.
The Browns need that in this years draft selecting a players that are going to make an impact early and stay around for a long time. Could those players be from USC in Ray Mauluga and or Clay Matthews Jr. Wouldn’t it be nice having are own long haired defensive player making plays all over the field against those hated Squeelers.
Clay Matthews Jr. sacking Big Ben Roethlisberger in front of the Dawg pound seeing seventy seven thousand barking dogs. I feel drafting either one by moving down or receiving another first day draft pick would be a safe pick for the Browns.
How about Chris Wells and Jamal Lewis both in the backfield together pounding the Baltimore Ravens defense. Chris Wells might be a gamble on staying healthy but wasn’t Adrian Peterson? Chris Wells could make Jamal Lewis fresher and Lewis could mentor Wells and we wouldn’t have to worry about are Running Back situation for years to come.
The draft is less then a month a way and the Browns are almost on the clock. So I ask you with the fifth pick in the 2009 draft the Cleveland Browns select…..