The Browns’ 2007 Draft is the draft I never thought would happen in
- (3) Joe Thomas, OT,
Thomas is the safest pick in the draft besides Calvin Johnson, and, although I had doubts about using the number 3 pick on a lineman, I was on board as soon as his name was called. There’s just something comforting about knowing that this beast is lining up for the Browns. The selection of Thomas also made every player on offense better, especially the demon seed quarterback hybrid known as Charlie Frye/Derek Anderson.
- (22) Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
I wanted him at 3, but getting him at 22 is better, for more than just the obvious monetary reasons:
· Quinn will be motivated by the snub. While I never really doubted his drive to be great (you don’t appear on every single sports outlet in the
· The drop will also help tone down Quinn’s confidence. Granted, you want your franchise QB to be confident, but Quinn comes off as borderline cocky, which may be what turned him off to a lot of fans. The humiliation of sitting for hours waiting for his name to be called may erase that edge from his personality.
· There won’t be as much pressure on him, nor will he need to be thrown to the wolves due to a high cap number. With the more modest 22nd pick salary, the Browns won’t feel like Quinn is dead cap weight while he sits on the bench and learns for a while, possibly even an entire season.
The trade to get Quinn doesn’t really appear as if it will hurt long-term, either. After the three trades Dallas and Cleveland made during the draft, this is what was actually exchanged:
So for this upcoming season, the Browns netted a franchise quarterback, a possible shutdown cornerback, a situational pass-rusher project, and a return specialist (presumably to handle punts, since Josh Cribbs struggles in that department) while giving up a developmental offensive lineman without a position, a quarterback who by all indications will be a wide receiver, a kicker, and parts of a package for a DE/OLB hybrid. I’ll take that any day. As for next year’s number one, I hope that it won’t be that high. Even if it is, though, I don’t really see it affecting the Browns all that much. Let’s say, for example, that the Browns are at number 3 again, and that the top 3 prospects are Brian Brohm, Darren McFadden, RB,
(One more reason to like this pick: it may just push Charlie Frye into becoming a productive quarterback, ala Drew Brees after
- (53) Eric Wright, CB, UNLV
I am shaky on this pick. On the one hand, Wright is said to be the most talented corner in the draft, and projects to be a shutdown-type player if he fulfills his potential. On the other hand, he was involved in a rape case, which is always a little hard to swallow. I like it more than I don’t like it, I guess because Savage seems to know what he’s doing as far as character judgment goes. I’d almost rather have kept the third- and fourth-rounders we gave up, especially since Antonio Pittman would have been available. This is the biggest risk Savage took.
- (140) Brandon McDonald, CB,
A converted receiver who has average speed and below-average size, McDonald projects as a dime back, which is about the only position left to fill in the Browns secondary following Wright’s selection. Assuming Gary Baxter continues to progress in his comeback from dual-torn patellas, the Browns should field a fearsome secondary:
CB Leigh Bodden
CB Eric Wright
FS Sean Jones
SS Brodney Pool
NB Gary Baxter
DB Devin Holley/Brandon McDonald
Besides, the Browns proved last year that you can never have enough depth in the secondary.
Melila Purcell, DE, Hawaii
A solid athlete who apparently has been known to give up on plays; hopefully being a 6th round pick will instill a little effort into him, because the Browns need someone to step up at end.
- (213) Chase Pittman, DE, LSU
Looks like Pittman is a run-stuffer. I for some reason think he’ll be solid because he played end for LSU. Hopefully I’m right.
- (234) Syndric Steptoe, RS,
Brought in strictly to handle punts as far as I can tell, as he doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a receiver in the NFL.
All in all, I love what the Browns did. The only thing that keeps this from being a perfect draft is the team’s failure to get another running back to complement Jamal Lewis. Pittman would have been ideal, but I suppose a possible shutdown corner is harder to find than a complementary halfback.