Browns deal McCown, close out draft

Just one day after drafting Akron quarterback Charlie Frye, the Browns traded second-year QB Luke McCown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth-round pick (#203) in this year’s draft.

With that pick, the Browns selected Andrew Hoffman, a 6-4 defensive tackle from Virginia. Hoffman, who projects as a nose tackle in Cleveland’s new 3-4 defense, is “only” 296 pounds so he’ll likely have to bulk up a bit if he wants to have a productive NFL career in the trenches.

Then, to close out the 2005 draft, the Browns chose Virigina Tech offensive tackle Jon Dunn. At 6-7 and 328 pounds, this guy is a mountain. He’s a project, for sure, but with a seventh-round pick, what can you expect?

As for McCown, his days were numbered as soon as Savage took over as GM, though I imagine the Browns would’ve hung on to him had they been unable to find a young QB in the draft. Now the question is, who will the back-up be in 2005? Frye? Doubtful, though a possibility, I suppose. Still, I see Crennel slotting him third on the depth chart during his rookie season. Josh Harris? Call me crazy, but I doubt Savage and Crennel would be all that comfortable with the thought of Harris being just one Trent Dilfer injury away from running the team. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went out and signed a cheap veteran to back up Dilfer, at least for the early part of the season.

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