Not only did my home-town Browns finally - FINALLY - get it right with a first-round draft pick, they somehow managed to do it Twice!!
For the first time the Dawg's front office boys drafted a stud offensive lineman, Wisconsin's Joe Thomas, a Left Tackle; the most important position on the O-line. This is the spot I've been hoping they'd address since big, bad Lomas Brown turned out to be a big bust back in '99. With the free-agent signing of former Bengals' Guard Eric Steinbach - an excellent run blocker and pass protector in his own right - my hope that the Brown's would draft Thomas over Brady Quinn had deflated to next to nil. But they did it and man am I glad!
Don't get me wrong, Brady's a great story and I wouldn't have been all that disappointed if the team had gone that route. It's simply that they NEED to get that O-Line up to snuff with the rest of the league, otherwise it wouldn't matter if they freakin' Joe Montana in his prime, they'd still barely be able to aspire to mediocrity and Joe would've seen his awesome potential wasted and some of the greatest football ever played would never have been.
They did the Right Thing. Finally!
And then . . .
At #22 in the 2007 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Ohio's own, Notre Dame Quarterback Brady Quinn!
Cleveland traded with the Dallas Cowboys for the 22nd overall pick. Everyone agrees that the Brown's paid a lot for the right to a 2nd first-round pick - this years second and next years first round picks - but as Brown's GM, Phil Savage, just pointed out to ESPN's Suzy Kolbert that the team may have decided next year that they still need a franchise quarterback and he's not sure that there would be a better one than Quinn available when Cleveland goes to pick, which is exactly what I had just told my brother right before Savage came on to be interviewed.
Dig it Dawg-pounders, this WILL be seen as the turning point for Cleveland football fans.
WOOLF WOOLF WOOLF WOOLF WOOLF! ! !
lol! But I am Lovin' It!
And - hey now! - it's a little after 5 o'clock, and just about time for the Cavaliers to try and take game three of their NBA playoff series 'gainst the Washington Wizards. With the first two games in the win column for the James Gang, grabbin' one from the Wiz on the road should all but guaranty a trip to round two.
Go Browns!!! Come On Cavs!!!