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This NFL draft had good, bad and truly ugly

This NFL draft had good, bad and truly ugly

What quickly became the Brady Quinn draft turned from frustration to elation for the Notre Dame quarterback on Saturday.
The Cleveland Browns looked like they were stabbing Quinn in the back when they passed him up with the third pick. It turned out they were only protecting his back by drafting Wisconsin left tackle Joe Thomas in the third slot of the first round before trading next year's No. 1 pick to Dallas to select Quinn at the 22nd spot.
An Ohio native who dreamed of playing for his favorite boyhood team, Quinn went through an agonizing four-hour wait before finding out this was even better than his dream. Without Thomas, Quinn might be agonizing for three hours every Sunday.
Browns turnaround?
With Thomas and Quinn joining recent No. 1 picks tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and receiver Braylon Edwards, the Browns think it's their time to move out of the bottom of the tough AFC North Division.
"This will probably be the day that defines the Browns' turnaround if it indeed happens," Browns general manager Phil Savage told ESPN.
Quinn, in New York with other highly ranked prospects, was invited into a private suite by Commissioner Roger Goodell to shield him from reporters after he started falling, but Quinn didn't shy away from the spotlight despite his disappointment.
"It's a great situation. I'm almost speechless. I couldn't be any (happier). I have an opportunity to go to Cleveland, a little later than I thought, but it all worked out," Quinn told ESPN. "It's funny when you think the opportunity has passed you. You don't really count on a team coming back into the picture like that. A dream come true."
Browns fans can thank the Miami Dolphins, who inexplicably passed up Quinn at the ninth spot to take Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr., even though the Dolphins have a glaring need for a young quarterback prospect.
Working the phones
Savage said when Quinn fell out of the top 10, he started working the phones. Dallas also got the Browns' second pick, 36th, so the price was steep. Savage said he rationalized giving up next year's No. 1 to get a potential franchise quarterback a year early. Savage admitted his offer was attractive because the Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs, who also got involved, anticipate that the 4-12 Browns might not improve a lot in the next year.
Charlie Frye, another Ohio native who grew up dreaming of quarterbacking the Browns, started 13 games last season. He was the team's third-round pick in 2005 out of Akron. Frye's passer rating of 72.0 was 26th in the league. Ken Dorsey was his backup.
"We had Brady rated very high on our board, just not in the top three," Savage said.
Quinn was ranked behind No. 1 pick LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell on most draft boards. Although there were questions about arm strength, accuracy and his less-than-stellar record in big games, Quinn supporters were shocked when he started to fall. But many teams were set with young quarterbacks.
The Browns have the 27th defense in the league, but their 31st-ranked offense is even worse, averaging only 15 points per game. But they added Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis and Cincinnati guard Eric Steinbach in free agency after adding tackle Kevin Shaffer from Atlanta and center LeCharles Bentley from New Orleans last year.
"We feel like our luck has changed," Savage said.
So did Quinn.
Best pick: Calvin Johnson, WR, Lions. Even the Lions can't miss on this guy, can they? Skill of Randy Moss and work ethic of Jerry Rice.
Most surprising pick: Kevin Kolb, QB, Eagles. After losing out to Patriots for safety Brandon Meriweather in first round, Eagles make unsung quarterback their first pick in second round. Does this help Donovan McNabb?


Updated : 2021-04-10 23:13 GMT+08:00