Bless me Lucky Charms: The Cleveland Browns are drafting #3 in the 2007 NFL Draft. All the unicorns and leprechauns in my little Brownie universe, it seems, have aligned. The Cleveland Browns — and their Death Star of a franchise — are in the right orbit now to draft Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
The only question now is this: Will they pull the trigger?
No doubt, the Browns — like most of the special children in my universe — have a lot of needs. Offensive linemen, a top-notch cornerback, a stud running back to bash his way out of the backfield, and even a feisty water boy with a heart of gold are on the top of their wish list.
So, the question remains, who should they select with such a high pick?
My rule of thumb is you never pass up a potential franchise player with a lofty draft pick in the NFL. Yes, the Cleveland Browns desperately need a star lineman to keep their future quarterback from continually chewing turf on the shores of Lake Erie. Yes, the Browns need a running back who could beat both The Flash and Superman in a foot race around the globe.
But, unfortunately, I truly believe that the Cleveland Browns need a quarterback with a rocket-to-you arm and all the mechanics to just win, baby, win.
Charlie Frye, albeit a good guy, is not the answer. Frye has, at times, shown the ability to be very okay, at the very least. But Frye (like most young quarterbacks) has made his share of shudder-inducing mistakes as well in the most crucial of times when the game is on the line.
The Browns need a force to be reckoned with in their backfield. The Browns need a fearless leader who is able to utilize the weapons of pass destruction they have constructed in the Cleveland Etch-a-Sketch forms of Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., and Joe Jurevicius.
And that force of nature just happens to be Quinn.
Last year, the Oakland Raiders passed on quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler — and their franchise has suffered significant losses because of it. Owner Al Davis — in all of his polyester jumpsuit “wisdom” — made the blunder of this NFL century by settling for the bumbling Aaron Brooks. Can the Browns afford to make the same mistake? I think not.
Critics of Brady Quinn might claim that the Browns might be better suited to draft Oklahoma running back, Adrian Peterson — and they might have a point.
Truth be told, the Browns lost out big time when they passed on LaDainian Tomlinson who is on pace to possibly be the best running back of all time. But I question whether Adrian Peterson is the next Tomlinson. Peterson’s injuries on the field seem to often outweigh his potential talent.