Cleveland Browns’ Montario Hardesty: Panic Reach or Genius Pick?

April 27, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

After months of draft speculation, it was all but a certainty that Colt McCoy would be the Cleveland Browns' second-round choice.
Despite president Mike Holmgren's insistence that the first two picks would not be spent on a quarterback due to more pressing needs elsewhere, the fan base of Cleveland was simply not buying it. After all, with the last year of secrecy and deception by Eric Mangini, it would turn any rational thinking fan into an automatic skeptic.

Pick No. 38 came, with the entire city of Cleveland holding their breath, waiting for the announcement of their future franchise quarterback to be announced. The scene was painted perfectly; the greatest player in Browns' history, Jim Brown, walked out to make the announcement.

"With the 38th pick in the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select...Oregon free safety TJ Ward. Good luck!"

Shock swept over the city. "What is Mike Holmgren doing?!" Exactly what he said he would do: addressing the need...

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