For the past couple
I wanted the Browns to draft Thomas. Badly. Mel Kiper Jr. ranked him as the second best prospect behind Calvin Johnson. The Browns needed to fix the line, Thomas was highly touted; I figured it was a no brainer. I've seen what a bad offensive line can do to a young QB (*cough* Tim Couch) and I didn't want the Browns to use their 1st pick on a QB and throw him to the wolves. I know how that works out. Not again.
But everything was pointing towards Quinn. The mock drafts were nearly unanimous; all but one expert had the Browns taking Quinn (and he had them grabbing Peterson).
Draft day was finally here and the fist two picks came and went without any real surprises (I love that the Lions took Calvin Johnson. Loves it) and the Browns were up. I was dreading this moment, silently preparing myself for a future that involved rooting for a Cleveland offense that relied on a Notre Dame QB, a Michigan WR, a Miami TE and a former Raven running the ball (plus, since the Browns never address the line, Quinn was going to get hurt. Because Browns quarterbacks always get hurt).
Then something weird happened: the Browns made a safe pick. They went conservative. They address the offensive line. On the first day of the draft. And he didn't play center. The Browns drafted Joe Thomas!
Now, I'll be honest with you, at this point I didn't care who else they picked- they grabbed the best lineman in the draft. Unless they decided to pick another receiver in the second round, I was going to end the draft very very pleased.
Then Brady Quinn drops a few spots. And falls some more. Miami takes Ted Ginn. Suddenly I'm throwing out trade scenarios and wondering how hard the Browns are trying to trade up.
Quinn falls all the way to 22 and the Cowboys are on the clock and they're taking their sweet time. Kansas City is next and Quinn wouldn't last past them.
ESPN announces a trade. Cleveland moved up! They're taking Quinn!
Now let's be clear, I wanted no part of Quinn at 3. I thought he'd get killed behind that offensive offensive line (ha!) and he would basically amount to a wasted draft pick. But at 22? With Joe Thomas already on board? You mean the Browns can draft a guy at 22 who they almost drafted at 3? Really? Sign me up. Somehow Brady Quinn made the trip from douchebag to godsend simply by dropping 19 slots.
I feel weird. It's like the Browns had picks 3 and 3a. This isn't how Cleveland sports are supposed to work. Where's the anger? Where's the confusion? What the fuck happened?
The Browns got a franchise left tackle AND quarterback. The sun was shining. Larry Hughes isn't injured and no one on the Browns has a staph infection. The Cavs took a 3-0 series lead over the Wizards. Saturday really was one of the best days in recent Cleveland sports history (though it wasn't completely perfect. The Tribe did play a game under protest. Of course they did).
I went into the draft dreading the Browns drafting Brady Quinn. Now? I'm actually glad he's in Cleveland.
Like I told you, this doesn't feel right.