The second day of Cleveland Browns 2010 NFL Draft will forever be remembered by one pick. Whether this is a good or bad thing has yet to be determined.
The Cleveland Browns started day two of the 2010 NFL Draft by acquiring safety T.J. Ward from Oregon with the 38 overall pick. The 5-10, 211 pound safety has a reputation for being a “run and hit” defender. At the 2010 NFL Combine, Ward ran the 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.54 seconds. He is also a very solid run stopper. Ward’s size and athleticism has many NFL scouts believing that he can double as a safety and cornerback. Size is also a concern, however, as some believe Ward cannot hang with the NFL’s bigger wide receivers. Ward has also had two knee surgeries. A solid but not team-changing NFL Draft pick for the Browns.
The Browns then moved up in the second round in order to acquire running back Montario Hardesty with the 59 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Hardesty’s draft stock went up quite a bit in the last month, and many NFL experts believed Hardesty to be the best running back on the board when the Browns drafted him. Hardesty is fast for a 225-pound running back but lacks both the size and speed to make him an elite running back (as of right now). Much like Ward, Hardesty has a history of knee injuries. That’s never good news when talking about a running back.
Then came time for the 85 overall pick. The big story of day two of the 2010 NFL Draft was the free fall of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. The Browns, rumored to be very interested in McCoy, had passed on the quarterback on three occasions. This turned out to be a brilliant strategy as Cleveland picked up McCoy with the 21 pick in the third round of the NFL Draft. Most NFL Mock Drafts had McCoy getting drafted late in the first round or early in the second. Acquiring McCoy halfway through the third round could be the steal of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The easiest way to describe McCoy is “a more accurate, stronger armed Brady Quinn.” McCoy has a quick release, better than average mobility and is extremely tough. In short, he’s the quintessential west coast offense quarterback. He’s also the winningest quarterback in NCAA history and now has a chip on his shoulder. I absolutely love this pick.
The Browns ended the day by picking up guard Shawn Lauvao from Arizona State. Lauvao is a pass-blocking specialist and adds some much needed depth to the Cleveland offensive line.
The only draft pick Cleveland Browns fans are talking about, though, is Colt McCoy. Team president Mike Holmgren is known for picking and developing young quarterbacks. McCoy is the prototypical Holmgren quarterback; a great leader who needs some work in order to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. The fact that the team’s top two quarterbacks are currently Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have Browns fans even more excited about McCoy. As of the writing of this piece, over 75 percent of NFL fans had given the Browns either an “A” or “B” grade in ESPN’s SportsNation poll.
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