The Browns have to be driving Mock Drafters crazy. Everyone was sure that Adrian Peterson would be their pick and then they signed Jamal Lewis. That moved Brady Quinn into the number three spot in many mocks. Now it appears after all the rumors that the Browns are going to make a strong run at Trent Green. Even if they did sign Green it does not eliminate either of those picks as Green and Lewis both have their better days behind them.
Mary Kay Cabot at The Plain Dealer reports that GM Phil Savage and the Browns are ready to throw a "ballpark" offer at Green to tempt him to head to Cleveland.
"The attraction for us would be we're gonna run a similar offense to where he has been," Savage said.
The Browns can have some stiff competition from the Dolphins now that David Carr has agreed with the Panthers.
This could surely shake things up for the draft. The Browns have had JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn and Adrian Peterson in for visits already. Other names mentioned for their pick are Calvin Johnson and Joe Thomas, although they are not scheduled for visits both are tempting.
So let's look at the scenarios if Green is signed. One is that they still go with the plan to get Russell or Quinn. This depends on if they have given up on Charlie Fry yet or not. It's possible that they still believe in Fry and thought it was too soon for him to go in. They could go another route and still grab a Drew Henson in the second round.
If Fry is still the guy they want in the long run you have the option of taking a franchise RB in Adrian Peterson. Working him in with Lewis could be a perfect combination. Lewis is not the long term answer and the Browns hope to not be picking this early in the next couple of years. Another option at RB is to try and get a Kenny Irons in the second.
With Green under center you better be able to protect him. Joe Thomas could be a staple on the O-Line for years to come.
One move that could give the Browns instant excitement hype on offense is to draft WR Calvin Johnson. Pairing Johnson with Braylon Edwards and then having that Winslow guy at TE gives Green more targets than he has had since his short stint as starter in St. Louis.
I love this time of year. I really cannot wait to see how this plays out. There has not been so much excitement surrounding the Browns in sometime.
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