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Published: Friday, 2/23/2007

Here's one way for Browns fans to win

The NFL Drafts of the past several years have left Browns fans bug-eyed. The NFL Drafts of the past several years have left Browns fans bug-eyed.
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Dear Browns fans,

We're entering NFL Draft season, and it's OK that you're scared. I am too.

Let's work this out. Let's play, "On draft day, the Browns are going to select the opposite of what I want."

It always happens anyway (except last year, but that's the exception that proves the rule, right?). If we accept it now, it will make everything better. Trust me.

The NUMBER ONE THING the Browns need is a real offensive line. So instead of picking up Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas, they will draft a quarterback.

The worst thing about the Browns' drafts is that every single No. 1 pick suffers some kind of horrible injury. (Exception: Kamerion Wimbley.) The Browns need durable players. So if that QB they fell in love with isn't there, they will not pick LSU DB LaRon Landry (Mel Kiper calls him "Mr. Reliable") instead. Nope, their man is bum-ankled, weak-collarboned RB Adrian Peterson.

It was really heart-warming when Phil Savage picked up local boys Charlie Frye and LeCharles Bentley (in free agency) during the past two off-seasons. But our hearts have frozen watching Frye run the offense. And not even Pro Bowl hometowners are bigger than the OIC (Only In Cleveland) curse.

Don't forget about the real, actual bright spot last year, special teams. Second-year returner Joshua Cribbs led the way, and he signed a six-year contract extension after the season.

So, the Browns will draft Ted Ginn.

See, it's easier this way! Now whatever the Browns do with the third pick will be a pleasant surprise. Or (more likely) you can say I told you so.

Good luck.

-- Maureen



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