2010 NFL Draft Grades: Cleveland Browns
Cleveland went after a stud corner, despite having Sheldon Brown and Eric Wright as their starters. However, by nabbing the best corner in the draft, Joe Haden, they could either go into 2010 with an elite secondary, or try Brown out at safety.
They also took Oregon’s T.J. Ward as a sound addition to their defensive backfield, giving them another versatile option to work with.
Cleveland waited until the third round to get possibly one of the best deals of the draft, as they snagged Texas quarterback Colt McCoy after passing on him in the second round on two occasions.
McCoy is an athletic, intelligent passer who has great experience and production, winning 45 games and losing just seven times at the college level. The Browns actually should lose points for waiting so long to bite on him, but they got him in the end, giving them someone to work with as their quarterback of the future.
The Browns addressed some needs the rest of the way, but didn’t land anyone that is likely to make a significant impact in 2010 with their final four picks.
The fact that they were even considering pulling a Mike Ditka and trading half of their picks to get Sam Bradford is extremely disturbing. And while landing running back Montario Hardesty in the second round was a solid pick, it was a disappointment that Cleveland didn’t do more to improve its offense.
1 (7) Joe Haden, CB, Florida *****
2 (38) T.J. Ward, DB, Oregon ****
2 (59) Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee ****
3 (85) Colt McCoy, QB, Texas *****
3 (92) Shawn Lauvao, G, Arizona State ****
5 (160) Larry Asante, S, Nebraska ****
6 (177) Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida ***
6 (186) Clifton Geathers, DE, South Carolina **