Cleveland president Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert and coach Eric Mangini are getting all the credit for landing quarterback Colt McCoy. But let’s give Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff some of the credit for that.
Without him, there’s a very good chance McCoy would not have been taken by Cleveland. In the aftermath of the draft, the Browns have admitted they were focused on defensive tackle Corey Peters and were giving him serious consideration as their No. 85 pick approached. In fact, Heckert was leaning heavily toward Peters, although Holmgren had McCoy in his sights.
But Dimitroff helped prevent a potential battle in Cleveland’s draft room. He stepped in and took Peters at No. 83 and that basically made Cleveland’s decision to go with McCoy.