Tom Heckert is the general manager in Cleveland, but there’s no question who’s in charge.
Mike Holmgren says he tried to run the Browns draft over the weekend like Ron Wolf used to, with everyone contributing. But the Big Show is clearly atop the flow chart.
When Colt McCoy was still on the board at No. 85, Holmgren jokingly told SI’s Peter King that he “pulled rank” to get the selection done.
The Browns had Kentucky defensive tackle Corey Peters and Arizona State tackle Shawn Lauvao atop their draft board, but Peters was selected at No. 83 by Atlanta. Holmgren decided then to deviate some from Heckert’s plan.
“Then,” Holmgren said. “the fates were telling me something.
We had to pick [McCoy]. I said to Tom, ‘Let’s pull the trigger.'” (The Browns got Lauvao anyway later.)
Holmgren also confirmed that Jon Gruden’s recommendation of McCoy was a factor in the pick.