Browns president Mike Holmgren almost always drafted a quarterback during his days as a coach. But NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock expressed faith in Cleveland's second-year quarterback Colt McCoy at a press conference Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"That kid did a heckuva job last year,'' Mayock said. "I watched some of his tape because I do a show called 'Playbook',' which is all NFL tape-based. "The kid's won at every level. What did I say earlier about quarterbacks? How much do they care about the game? Are they the first one in the building? That's him. He's a gym rat.
"So I'm betting on him and I think the Cleveland Browns are, too.''
Asked if he had any concerns about McCoy's arm, Mayock said, "His arm is above average. It's not great and it's not elite. But the league has been (filled) with those kind of kids forever.
"If you understand where and when to throw the football and get it out quickly, you're going to be fine.''
Some other highlights from Mayock's press conference:
- On Cam Newton's workout Sunday: "I think he was a little frustrated by his inaccuracy. He didn't throw a bunch of completions. You don't have your receivers and you're throwing a 10-yard speed out and you're hitting the fifth step and the coaches are telling you to throw to an area ... you've been coached your entire life to complete passes. There's a contraction in your head. So I have empathy for these kids and I appreciate the fact they chose to throw the football because they might expose exactly what you saw -- sometimes the ball hits the ground.''
- More on Cam: "Nothing changed for me. He's got a big arm, better mechanics than Vince Young or Tim Tebow. I still have the same questions I had coming in. I saw a wonderful athlete at 248 pounds, I saw a kid that lit up the room when we interviewed him, I saw a kid I thought was intelligent. The two issues I've had -- he's coming out of a pass offense, fairly simple, he didn't have a lot of reads and he didn't have a lot of patience in the pocket. And secondly, you've got to figure the kid out.''
- On Oregon State's Stephen Para, who set the combine bench press record with 49 reps of 225 pounds, and the other defensive tackles: "I love that kid. He plays with strength and he's only my fourth-rated defensive tackle. Love (Alabama's Marcell) Dareus. Can't wait to see (Auburn's Nick) Fairley work out. (Illinois) Corey Liuget is going to look really good tomorrow.''
- On the weakest positions in the draft: "Tight end is probably the worst position in the draft. There's one potential first-round pick, Kyle Rudolph (of Notre Dame). And the safety class is below average.''
- On Alabama running back Mark Ingram's relatively slow 40 time: "People are disappointed he ran 4.62. I could give a (darn) he runs 4.62. The 10-yard dash told the story. When you put him in a group with the three fastest running backs over 40 yards, he won the dash to the 10-yard marker. He's quicker than fast. All it does is reinforce to me he's the top back in the draft. I don't know who the second back is going to be.''
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