Nobody truly knows what the Browns will do with the number seven pick on draft day. Even the Browns don’t know what they are going to do because they don’t know what will happen in front of them or what opportunities will present themselves. Still, they have managed to create mystery and intrigue for Browns fans during the run-up to the draft not by being painfully and obnoxiously tight-lipped. Instead, we have heard about opinions of players from Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Tim Tebow all the way to Eric Berry and Earl Thomas. What a contrast this is from last year with the serially vague Eric Mangini as the team mouthpiece.
Of course it helps Holmgren and Heckert in creating mystery when there are so many needs associated with the Browns. Even with all the moves the Browns have made, it is reasonable to assume the Browns could take a stud player at quarterback, cornerback, safety, defensive line, offensive line, wide receiver and running back. In fact, at different times as fans, I think we have entertained options at each and every one of these positions.
In the end, it only matters that the Browns pick a guy who can help the team on the field. Still, from my perspective as a fan of the off-season and the draft, this is a much better ride. There are many ways to skin a cat, and Holmgren’s style is vastly different than the Belichick model that was forced down our throats last season. The only way to create more mystery than not letting anybody know what you are thinking is to have an opinion on everything. Somehow it is less frustrating even if it is just as inconclusive.