Bless me Lucky Charms: The Cleveland Browns are drafting #3 in the 2007 NFL Draft. All the unicorns and leprechauns in my little Brownie universe, it seems, have aligned. The Cleveland Browns -- and their Death Star of a franchise -- are in the right orbit now to draft Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.
The only question now is this: Will they pull the trigger?
No doubt, the Browns -- like most of the special children in my universe -- have a lot of needs. Offensive linemen, a top-notch cornerback, a stud running back to bash his way out of the backfield, and even a feisty water boy with a heart of gold are on the top of their wish list.
So, the question remains, who should they select with such a high pick?
My rule of thumb is you never pass up a potential franchise player with a lofty draft pick in the NFL. Yes, the Cleveland Browns desperately need a star lineman to keep their future quarterback from continually chewing turf on the shores of Lake Erie. Yes, the Browns need a running back who could beat both The Flash and Superman in a foot race around the globe.
But, unfortunately, I truly believe that the Cleveland Browns need a quarterback with a rocket-to-you arm and all the mechanics to just win, baby, win.
Charlie Frye, albeit a good guy, is not the answer. Frye has, at times, shown the ability to be very okay, at the very least. But Frye (like most young quarterbacks) has made his share of shudder-inducing mistakes as well in the most crucial of times when the game is on the line.
The Browns need a force to be reckoned with in their backfield. The Browns need a fearless leader who is able to utilize the weapons of pass destruction they have constructed in the Cleveland Etch-a-Sketch forms of Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., and Joe Jurevicius.
And that force of nature just happens to be Quinn.
Last year, the Oakland Raiders passed on quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler -- and their franchise has suffered significant losses because of it. Owner Al Davis -- in all of his polyester jumpsuit "wisdom" -- made the blunder of this NFL century by settling for the bumbling Aaron Brooks. Can the Browns afford to make the same mistake? I think not.
Critics of Brady Quinn might claim that the Browns might be better suited to draft Oklahoma running back, Adrian Peterson -- and they might have a point.
Truth be told, the Browns lost out big time when they passed on LaDainian Tomlinson who is on pace to possibly be the best running back of all time. But I question whether Adrian Peterson is the next Tomlinson. Peterson's injuries on the field seem to often outweigh his potential talent.
Brady Quinn, on the other hand, could be the second-coming of Joe Montana, which is a hard trick to beat -- but it's possible.
Make no mistake about it: Love us or hate us, I am a Notre Dame football fan. But I am not letting that loyalty blind me over my foolish love for the Browns. If Adrian Peterson was the best running back in this draft, I would take him in a heartbeat. But Peterson's injuries make him a M*A*S*H-like risk that even Hawkeye might not be able to fix with a scalpel in one hand and an extra-dry martini in the other.
Brady Quinn has all the intangibles and the talent who could easily make the seamless transition from Notre Dame Leprechaun to Brownie Elf.
Bill Cowher, the former coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, let his ego and blind ambition follow his chosen quarterback, Kordell Stewart, down a path to nowhere for years and years -- and probably cost him a few more Super Bowls in the process.
Can Randy Lerner, Romeo Crennel, and Phil Savage really afford to do the same with Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson? All egos aside, I think the fans of the Cleveland Browns deserve better than that tired fate.
Sure, the Cleveland Browns will never go anywhere until they build a superior offensive line to protect their investments in the backfield. But I believe they were on the right path by building that line in free agency. Hopefully, all the unexplained "X-Files" injuries won't scare them off from continuing to do just that in 2007.
Like Popeye with his spinach, Olive Oil has poured a can of Belgian Ale down my throat and I a ready to go the distance with Bluto and anyone else who thinks drafting Brady Quinn is a mistake. Hey, I am what I am.
Fight the future. The Cleveland Browns are a storied franchise who are within reach of greatness. Don't flush that all down the toilet, Phil Savage, just to try and prove the point that you can win with Charlie Frye and a head coach that is hanging by moment here with you in Cleveland.
The Browns need to draft Brady Quinn. The Truth Is Out There. I Want To Believe.