The drafting of Colt McCoy saved the Browns garbage draft for me. And Peter King
shed some more light on it all this morning:
I love these draft scenarios, in case you hadn’t noticed. Here’s another one: In Cleveland, midway through the third round, the Browns already had addressed cornerback, safety and running back; now they had two more priority positions to fill: defensive tackle and offensive tackle. They had picks 85 and 92. They had their two guys lined up from about the 70th pick on — Kentucky defensive tackle Corey Peters and Arizona State tackle Shawn Lauvao. In the draft room, president Mike Holmgren, GM Tom Heckert and coach Eric Mangini, along with a few of the scouts, monitored the draft. Colt McCoy kept sliding.
“I had talked to Jon Gruden about Colt and he really liked him,” Holmgren told me. “But Tom said we’ve got our plan, we like this defensive lineman and the offensive lineman, and we should go ahead and pick them. I kept saying, ‘What about the quarterback?’ ”
At number 83, two spots before the Browns were going to pick, Atlanta GM Dimitroff picked Peters, the defensive tackle the Browns had in their sights at 85.
“Then,” Holmgren said, laughing, “the fates were telling me something. We had to pick him. I said to Tom, ‘Let’s pull the trigger.’ I tried to run this draft the way Ron Wolf used to in Green Bay. Everyone contributed. But I kind of pulled rank a little bit. I said, ‘Let’s do this.”’
At the podium in Manhattan, Texas coach Mack Brown announced: “With the 85th pick in the 2010 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Colt McCoy, quarterback, Texas.”
While Mike Holmgren has said that McCoy will not play in 2010
, it’s a great pick for the future. The Browns get a Colt to learn the game in his stable; and hopefully be a championship Quarterback by the time 2011 rolls around.
McCoy is Holmgren’s project, and he’ll definitely tutor him along to become a star in Cleveland.