There was chatter while the Cleveland Browns were on the clock with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft that the front office was heavily debating whether to select former Florida Gators star Joe Haden or Boise State’s Kyle Wilson as (hopefully) the team’s shutdown cornerback of the future.
Recent comments from New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan – the brother of Brown’s defensive coordinator Rob Ryan – indicate that the latter was heavily campaigning for Wilson (who the Jets ended up picking 22 spots later).
“There is somebody that I really know well for a long time that basically said that [Wilson] was their guy and they picked a lot earlier than us,” the Jets coach said at a press conference on Saturday. “You can probably figure it out. That’s who he wanted and then after practice, I’m like ‘Yep. I guarantee you were right because this guy is the real deal.’”
Rex Ryan has already tabbed Wilson as the team’s starting nickelback, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Haden hopes to earn one of the Browns’ two starting jobs.
“I’m just trying to work hard and let [secondary] coach [Jerome] Harrison see my potential,” Haden told the media over the weekend. “I’m just trying to get on the field. Hopefully right now I’m just showing my work ethic and how I love the game to try to get me out there. I’m not thinking I’m a starter. I’m thinking they’re going to put me where they need me to help out with the Browns. Starting definitely would be a good thing. If that’s what they want, then that’s what I’ll do.”
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