Representing the Cleveland Browns, H2E with the 22nd pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft...
Flash back to 1985. Mario was busy looking for the princess in all the wrong castles, Ja Boi was moving from Chicago to Cleveland, the Bears were gearing up for the Super Bowl Shuffle and the Browns were making controversial and questionable moves to get a QB.
There has been no bigger badass (sorry Vinny, you know I got nothing but love for ya) in the NFL than my man Bernie Kosar. No other player has dictated which team he will play for like Kosar did. For those who are unfamiliar with Kosar's quest to play for his hometown Browns and Clevelands shady ways of getting him, here's how it went down.
As opposed to today's "must be three years removed from high school" rule, in '85 only seniors and graduates could enter the draft. In '85 Bernie had eligibility left but was ready to take his talents to Cleveland. Problem was Cleveland had the #7 pick and other teams were getting hot and bothered over the idea of Bernie ballin in their town.
A few key dates, players had to declare for the April 30 draft by April 15. Bernie had stated his interest in going pro in March but did not file paper work. The Bills had the first pick in the draft and in the supplemental draft (this will be important) and weeks before the draft they inked Bruce Smith to a deal. On April 9, the Vikings traded up to the #2 spot in hopes of getting Kosar. Like any person with common sense, Bernie wanted no part of Minnesota. The same day the Browns traded for the Bills first round pick in the 1986 draft. Now when a player is taken in the supplemental draft, the team gives up the pick in the next year's regular draft. So when Cleveland traded for the 1986 first round pick they were in essence trading for Buffalo's first round pick in the 1985 supplemental draft. Make sense? Now all Bernie had to do was not declare for the NFL draft, enter the supplemental draft and go to the team of his choosing. The whole thing worked.
You know what we call that, sports fans? We call that hustlin.
What does Bernie Kosar and his manipulation of the NFL draft have to do with the Browns draft pick? Well the manipulation part has nothing to do with the pick, it's just badass. Bernie however, was the last legit QB the Browns got in the draft. Tim Couch, Derek Anderson, Charlie Frye, Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy....all straight garbage. Lots of swings, lots of whiffs.
Cleveland needs a QB bad. Wussy Colt McCoy makes Blaine Gabbert look courageous. They missed the bus on RG3 and now have to scramble for a QB because President Mike Holmgren might not survive another season if he continues to trot McCoy out there.
Enter The Dude.
With the #22 pick Cleveland takes Nick Foles, quarterback from the University of Arizona.
Forget Weeden, forget Cousins, forget Tannehill. Hell, forget RG3. Nick Foles is the second most polished QB in this draft behind that Pac-10 baller from the Furd. He's about to make RG3 look like Greg Oden and going to make Tannehill look like Sam Bowie. Foles is set to Carmeloize the ripe-for-the-taking AFC North. At 6'5" (coincidentally the same height as Bernie) and 240 pounds, he is already the same size as Bad Touch Ben.
Foles improved his game from 2010 to 2011 despite his team getting much worse. He had a stunning 67% completion percentage without the luxury of an NFL quality receiver, in a Pro Style offense, against the nation's toughest competition. Oh yeah, and he whipped the s--t out of Ricky Stanzi.
Foles is a perfect fit for Cleveland. Mike Holmgren was one of the first to coach QBs in the ways of the West Coast offense and Foles has spent the last two years dinking in dunking away in a West Coast styled system. Team him with a 25-30 touches a game back in Richardson and the Browns are competing for the AFC North in 2012 and for the Super Bowl in 2013.
Previously (with approval results)...
9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)
22. Cleveland Browns - Arizona QB Nick Foles