Cleveland Browns 2007 Draft Recap

The Cleveland Browns had a strong draft this year.  They started out bolstering their offensive line with Joe Thomas.  They traded to get back in the first round to take Brady Quinn.  This may be the best draft Cleveland has seen in years. Draft Grade / A.


1 (3) Joe Thomas, OT Wisconsin (6'6 ", 311, 4.92). Thomas is the most complete offensive tackle in this year’s draft.  He is big, strong, and has quick feet.  He can protect a QB’s blind side with the best of them.  He takes good angles in the running game and has developed a mean streak.  He will be a fixture at left tackle for the Browns for a decade and beyond.


1 (22) Brady Quinn, QB Notre Dame (6'3 ", 232, 4.72).  Quinn was thought to be a top ten pick.  However, once he slipped past Miami at number nine, he continued to fall.  Cleveland traded up to get him with the 22nd pick.  Quinn has ideal size for an NFL QB, has adequate arm strength, and makes good reads.  Sometimes he gets happy feet in the pocket and struggles with his accuracy.  Overall, Quinn can be a solid NFL QB.


2 (53) Eric Wright, CB UNLV (5'10 ", 192, 4.36).  Wright has good height and speed.  He changes directions quickly and has the ability to close on the ball while it is in the air.  He is a strong tackler.  Wright gets caught taking too many chances and will give up the occasional big play.  He has the physical ability to be a top notch corner in the NFL.


5 (140) Brandon McDonald, CB Memphis


6 (200) Melila Purcell, DE Hawaii


7 (213) Chase Pittman, DE LSU


7 (234) Syndric Steptoe, RS Arizona


By A. Goodin,
May 2, 2007