NEW YORK — When word came down that the Browns were drafting Colt McCoy with the No. 85 overall pick, it was only a matter of seconds until his college coach, Texas’ Mack Brown, had the draft card in hand and was headed onto the stage to announce his quarterback’s new home.
Brown told me he’s not at all disappointed that McCoy lasted late into the third round.
“What I’ve learned in 37 years of watching and following the draft, is that you never know when or where someone is going to be drafted,” Brown said. “Even the experts that follow it every day don’t know. And even when you’re told for sure it’s going to be a certain place where they’re drafted, it still changes. What I’ve also learned is that it’s a lot more about how well you do when you get there than it is when and where you’re drafted.”
You hear a lot of comparisons between McCoy and Jeff Garcia, who also thrived in the West Coast offense, a scheme that figures to suit McCoy’s profile. Brown called the Browns “a great place” for McCoy and said the team loves his passing accuracy.
— Frank Tadych