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Sooner or later?
April 16, 2010 - Mike McLain
Browns general manager Tom Heckert and team president Mike Holmgren created quite a stir Thursday when they admitted to having talks with the St. Louis Rams about the first pick in the draft.
The Rams own the choice and are expected to select Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford. Holmgren said that Bradford is clearly the best quarterback available, but he thinks the asking price to trade up from the seventh spot is too steep to pay.
You have to believe Holmgren on this one. The Browns would have to give up next year's number one pick, a second this year and more picks to get the Rams' pick. For a team that has needs at several areas, giving up that much for Bradford would be crazy.
That doesn't mean the Browns won't come out of this year's draft without a quarterback. I'm starting to believe that it's certain the Browns will end up with one of the top four QBs -- Bradford (doubtful), Jimmy Clausen (probably not), Colt McCoy (probable) or Tim Tebow (possible).
Holmgren loves drafting quarterbacks, and he knows the Browns need to have one in place when Jake Delhomme's career ends after one or two seasons. McCoy seems like the best fit because he might be available early in the second round or the Browns could move up to land the Texas Longhorn.
While Holmgren opened the press conference by saying Heckert is calling the shots in the draft, it's obvious that Holmgren is playing a big role in the quarterback discussion. When Heckert was asked if the Browns need to draft a quarterback in one of the early rounds, he quickly deferred to Holmgren, who was more than happy to give his opinion.
Holmgren worked the room like part president, part GM and part coach. He joked with reporters at times and told a story or two. He was in control, which will undoubtedly be the case when the doors of the war room close next Thursday.
Once that happens, Holmgren won't be able to help himself. You know he wants to bring in a quarterback, and odds are that he will do just that. It might not be a Sooner, but a Longhorn could be on his way north.
Then again, maybe Holmgren has something up his sleeve. No one knows exactly how he feels about Clausen.
Could another Fighing Irish quarterback on his way to Cleveland?
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