Round 1 (7th overall): QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
With safety Eric Berry — a would-be no-brainer for the Browns — already taken off the board, Cleveland turns to another of its many looming needs: quarterback. Mike Holmgren has made it a habit of pointing out the Browns’ need to find a franchise quarterback, and, despite many Browns fans’ preconceived notions about Notre Dame quarterbacks, it would be hard to pass up on Clausen. Cornerback Joe Haden was the next logical choice, but the acquisition of cornerback Sheldon Brown buys the team some time and opens the door to draft Clausen. Holmgren’s draft history suggests that he is not afraid to take a chance on a quarterback in the hope that he might just develop into something special. It’s a strategy like this that could very well lead to Clausen donning the brown and orange on draft day.
Round 2 (38th overall): S Nate Allen, South Florida
The biggest need on the Browns is, arguably, the secondary. The safety position is one of particular concern and Nate Allen would be a perfect fit for a defense looking for guys who are willing to step up and be leaders. Allen has a lot of experience, calling plays at South Florida, and scouts are impressed with his instincts and technical skills. Whether or not he becomes a star obviously remains to be seen, but the Browns could certainly use a guy with great intangibles who could easily develop into a solid starter in the NFL.
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