Browns’ Ryan unhappy with Haden selection?

By Adam Silverstein
May 2, 2010

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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  1. NR44 says:

    Rex Ryan needs to shut his big fat mouth

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    Like I was saying, Haden’s biggest mistake is that his family didn’t put him on an RV and act like buffoons every game. Can’t buy that kinda pub!

  3. SC Gator says:

    That RV just screams that Boise St. mentality doesn’t it?

  4. DC Gator says:

    Haden’s biggest mistake is that he went to a real program in a competitive conference, instead of a bush league junior college with blue astroturf.

  5. vsherrel says:

    I dont think its even a question that Wilson would not be a “shutdown” corner if he played in the SEC every week. He’s good, but not “all world” as his highlight film makes him look. Haden’s body of work speaks for itself, especially considering the level of competition.

  6. npgator says:

    The Browns will be glad they took Haden.

  7. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Rex runs his mouth way too much but it’s certainly entertaining…..I can’t stand the JETS but he certainly got results year one…lets see if he can do it again…..will Wilson be better than Haden…who knows….we like Haden better because he’s a Gator but just because the other guy played on blue carpet doesn’t mean jack….you have to respect what Boise State has done as well….small conference or not they have played with the big boys and done just fine…what I like about Wilson and Haden is they are shorter corners…a few years back the NFL got carried away with taller corners so it’s good to see the shorter corners getting some love

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