There were a number of teams that could have taken quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but he was passed by every team in the league. To add insult to injury, the supposed risky quarterback of the draft – Tim Tebow – was taken in the first round at #25. That now leaves two very capable quarterbacks to be taken early in the second round, which starts today at 6 pm EST.
There is seemingly no doubt that the Browns are going to draft a quarterback now, but here are the questions: who and when? There are five teams drafting ahead of the Browns in the second round – the St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Philadelphia Eagles. Obviously, the Rams and Bucs will not be taking a quarterback, but there is a possibility that the Vikings could take a chance on Clausen or Colt McCoy.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Buffalo Bills and Browns have talked to the Rams about trading up for the No. 33 pick. Additionally, the Carolina Panthers are looking to trade up from the 48th pick in order to select McCoy. In other words, there are a lot of teams looking to employ the services of McCoy, though at this point, I’m sure they would be fine with Clausen.
If both Clausen and McCoy are available for the Browns whenever they make their selection, it will undoubtedly be a tough decision, but one that I think will swing in McCoy’s favor. The Browns passed on Clausen with the seventh overall pick, and even though getting him so late would be a good pick, McCoy’s name has been mentioned with the Browns in a much more favorable way in the past. He fits the Browns’ offensive scheme perfectly and comes without all of those perceived attitude issues that have been linked to Clausen.