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Browns President Mike Holmgren reviews the 2011 NFL Draft

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 4, 2011

Browns President Mike Holmgren reviewed the 2011 NFL Draft during a radio interview Monday with KJR (950-AM) in Seattle. Here are some of the highlights, as transcribed by

On the movement on draft night:

“It was a little wild. You know the draft is an exciting time for every city. The lead up is unbelievable. We had the sixth pick in the first round, and that’s a very exciting pick for our press and the fans. And I think when we traded back initially, there was a definite sag in the room. But the deal was so good that I think it’s going to work out just right for us because we got some good players in the draft.”

On the decision to trade back up after first trading down:

“Yeah we used our third round to get back up there for Phil (Taylor). We were going to sit but then Tom Heckert, who runs the draft for us, he got a little nervous so he goes, 'Mike, we’ve got to do this.' So we did it. It was a good thing. We got word from teams after the fact that we were going to lose him. He was not going to get to (No.) 27.”

From left to right, Browns General Manager Tom Heckert, coach Pat Shurmur and President Mike Holmgren work in the draft room last week. (Photo courtesy of the Browns)

On what player they would’ve taken had they stayed at No. 6:

“Well, it’s tough. We had a couple of players, two players, that if we hadn’t been able to consummate the trade with Atlanta that we were going to take with the sixth pick. I’m not going to tell you who those two were. I hope it doesn’t hurt our friendship. Then if those guys weren’t available, we were going to try and trade out anyway. I think we could’ve done that. We had some action going with some other teams. It just wasn’t the same type of trade that we had with Atlanta.”

On how the deal developed:

“My Tom, Tom Heckert and (Atlanta Falcons General Manager) Thomas Dimitroff, they have been talking about this a little bit for the last two weeks really. This is the type of trade that doesn’t happen overnight. I had gone to Tom’s office just about every day, and we were going over stuff. As we approached the draft, he goes, 'I got a deal.' Now normally speaking I’m a little conservative and to give up who I was pretty sure we were going to get a great player there, I would come in and bang him pretty good only because I wanted him to be really committed. When he laid it out and explained it it makes all the sense in the world as long as we did a nice job picking the players. After you make a deal, if you don’t do a good job picking the players, then it was foolish. Heckert is about as good as you can be in this business. I have a lot of confidence in him. He proved it. He did a nice job.”

On whether or not Colt McCoy is entrenched as the starting quarterback:

“He’s going to get a chance to do it. I’m not speaking out of school here. I’m not a big fan of all of a sudden the equal reps and all that. That usually confuses a lot of people. Things could change once we get rolling a little bit. I suspect that Colt will do a good job. I’ve talked to Seneca (Wallace) about this before the lockout took place. My experience over the years, the guys just want to know and don’t give them curveballs. Are they competitive? Yes. Does it bother them? I’m sure it does. But for right now, this is probably how we’re going to go.”


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