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Thinking back about draft talent

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 22, 2010

With less than an hour before the NFL draft begins, I think back to the NFL combine and my thoughts after the mass media interview with Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

I walked away telling fellow Browns reporters, ''I'd give up all the picks to get him.'' Apparently the Browns feel the same way because, according to ESPN, they have made one final call to the St. Louis Rams about trading for the No. 1 pick.

The Browns beat writers also took an informal poll before the season ended about who would be the team's starting quarterback in 2010. The answers ranged from Michael Vick to Jason Campbell to Brady Quinn. I was the only one who said, ''Sam Bradford.''

Other musings with minutes to go before the draft:

I've said for months that the Browns need Tennessee safety Eric Berry. He would be my choice if he's not taken at Nos. 5 or 6. The Browns need a tone-setter and Berry has the personality, confidence and athletic ability to become the quarterback of the defense.

But at the combine, I was also intrigued with Idaho guard Mike Iupati. Standing next to him, I couldn't shake the feeling I was standing next to the next Anthony Munoz. Iupati, 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, may never play left tackle like the former Bengals Hall of Famer, but trading into the bottom of the first round to get Iupati would solidify the Browns' line for years. Imagine a line of Joe Thomas, Eric Steinbach, Alex Mack, Iupati and Tony Pashos.


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