There’s a consensus on the NFL.com newsdesk that the Browns hold one of the most interesting picks in the draft at No. 7. Clearly, there are options for the Browns, and speculation continues to follow several names: QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Joe Haden and SS Eric Berry.
As Steve Wyche reported earlier Friday, Cleveland is one of the stops that Clausen will make on his five-team award tour the next several days. Funny, because Browns president Mike Holmgren at one point said of Clausen, ”I wished I liked him more.” He’ll have a chance with the visit. Not ruling anything out, Holmgren has said he’ll consider drafting a QB with the pick or trading up for one, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Berry and Haden also will visit the Browns. Berry, widely considered the draft’s best safety, is scheduled to visit April 8, according to the Plain Dealer, although a private workout hasn’t been scheduled.
Cabot also reported this week that the Browns have shown “strong interest” in Haden and already have conducted a private workout with the draft’s top cornerback prospect, noting he’ll be in Cleveland for a visit in early April.
Each NFL team is allowed 30 official visits.
There are differing opinions among our resident analysts as to which direction the Browns will go. Charles Davis isn’t buying Holmgren’s subterfuge and makes a case for Clausen. Pat Kirwan believes the pick could be Berry. Bucky Brooks also is leaning toward Berry, although he previously went with Haden.
The Browns aren’t giving away anything regarding their true intentions, so this promises to be interesting, considering they could have their choice of three players — each of whom fills a need.