Lombardi: Browns can’t be sold on McCoy

Let’s focus the draft spotlight on Cleveland, where Browns football czar Mike Holmgren is already throwing out smoke screens (or … aren’t they?) to the media. The Browns represent one of the most intriguing teams in the top 10 of the draft due to the thinking they could go in several directions with the No. 6 overall pick.

And Holmgren isn’t tipping their hand, either, telling reporters Monday the team hasn’t ruled out taking a quarterback with their first pick and is “looking hard” at Auburn QB Cam Newton.

So while Holmgren refers to Colt McCoy as having “huge upside,” he also leaves us with gems like this when asked about having to perform due diligence with other quarterbacks: “It’s kind of interesting, isn’t it? We’ll see. I would say, don’t discount anything. …”

Which all leads to one big question: Are the Browns committed to McCoy as the quarterback of the future?

“I don’t know how they can ultimately be sold on McCoy,” says resident GM and analyst Michael Lombardi. “His injuries down the stretch, his body is not the biggest or strongest, and can he endure 16 games? These are all questions that have to be answered by the new staff (who) have to be comfortable with the answers and see if they can move forward before they do anything else — draft or trade.”

The bottom line is new coach Pat Shurmur is inheriting his starting quarterback, and the Browns could be in position to draft someone they consider a franchise player. Insert drama-filled music … now.

Lombardi does make it a point to throw out the idea that the quarterback the Browns might ultimately be most interested in is Kevin Kolb. Those are dots we’ve seen connected before, and while we’ve pondered Kolb’s future in Philly, it’s worth noting Shurmur was his position coach for two seasons.

At the very least, Holmgren will keep it all interesting during the six weeks that remain until the draft.

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