Browns Finish Up Draft, Colt McCoy’s Future Uncertain
CLEVELAND — The NFL Draft is now over. The Browns had seven picks heading into the final round. Cleveland finally addressed the wide receiver position by drafting speedster Travis Benjamin from Miami. Benjamin ran a 4.3 40-yard dash, had 41 catches and three touchdowns last year for the Hurricanes but lacks size.
The Browns then added some depth on defense drafting James-Michael Johnson, an inside linebacker from Nevada. He is one of the more athletic middle linebackers in the draft.
In the late rounds, the Browns drafted Ryan Miller, an offensive lineman from Colorado, Emmanuel Acho, an inside linebacker and defensive tackle Billy Winn and Cleveland wrapped up the seventh round by drafting Alabama full-back Brad Smelley who was Trent Richardson’s lead blocker. The Browns drafted Richardson in the first round of the NFL Draft with the third overall pick. Browns President Mike Holmgren told the media he really liked Justin Blackmon but thinks the Browns upgraded with Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
“I think the number one thing was we needed to get a player that we felt we could establish the run in this league and in this city with the weather and all that kind of stuff,” said Holmgren.
“We’re very excited to have (Weeden). You saw, you got a little taste of it when he was in here of how he’s different than all the other quarterbacks that were drafted ahead of him or behind him is that his age and his maturity and what he brings immediately to the table. Now, you couple that with his skill level, which is pretty obvious on film and he has the potential, I think, to play well sooner because of that than other quarterbacks in the draft so he became very attractive to us,” Holmgren explained.
So, now that the Browns drafted Weeden, where does that leave current quarterback Colt McCoy? Reports surfaced on Friday that the Browns were looking to shop Colt McCoy after drafting Weeden. The Browns denied that they talked to anyone about trading McCoy. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Browns do not expect to trade Colt McCoy. Head Coach Pat Shurmur said he has talked to McCoy several times since the team drafted Weeden. Shurmur said McCoy is scheduled to be in Dallas this weekend for an event. As far as the Browns are concerned, the Colt McCoy is ongoing.
“I can’t answer that right now,” said Holmgren. “Colt is at home, he is coming back for his workout, he’ll be at workouts this next week so I’m not going to speculate on anything. We are going to see what happens here and move forward.”
One of the needs heading into the Draft for the Browns was at wide receiver. Cleveland came away with just one receiver during the draft and that was Travis Benjamin out of Miami who has lots of speed but was one of the smallest receivers in the draft. The Browns said all off-season they need to surround McCoy with weapons but never seemed to address the wide receiver position during the draft.
“That’s why no one’s in a panic about how the draft went as far as our receivers. We will not drop the ball like we did last year. We will have a running game to go with our passing game. Just by those things by themselves, it will be better,” said Holmgren.
We’ll see when the Browns open up the season in September.