I’m about to make a very bold statement.
I may regret saying this given the nature of the team’s past but the Cleveland Browns CANNOT screw up this draft. Their first three picks are virtually fool-proof, regardless of the direction that they decide to go. Don’t believe me? Read on…
Pick four is an ideal spot for the Browns. They missed out on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, but there are four players that the Cleveland brass can select here that instantly makes them noticeably better. Those players are, in the order of which I would like them to be targeted..
A- Trent Richardson.
B- Justin Blackmon.
C- Matt Kalil
D- Mo Claiborne.
Kalil will likely go off the board to Minnesota at #3, leaving Cleveland three pro-bowl caliber players that even they couldn’t miss on.
I put Richardson ahead of the other two because of the gap in perceived talent between he and the next best running back. Richardson is head and shoulders better than the next best runner, while Michael Floyd has the size and the skill set to be mentioned in the same breath as Blackmon.
While I do have the Browns selecting Claiborne in my final mock draft (Coming Soon!), offense should be the pick here. Reports have surfaced that Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown will be announcing the fourth overall pick, and what a treat it would be to watch the last great Cleveland runner pass the torch to the next great one.
Pick twenty two comes next… or so you may think. If I am Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren, I am burning up the phones to everyone in the range of pick 9-15 to package pick #22 and some late round ammo that was acquired in the Julio Jones trade to move up and take Michael Floyd. Pipe dream? Perhaps. But worth a shot.
Should Cleveland stay at twenty two, this pick is a virtual can’t-miss as well. With so many holes to fill, the Browns will have their choice of a hand full of very solid offensive linemen or a duo of high up-side wide outs… two positions that are BEGGING for an upgrade in Cleveland. Assuming Trent Richardson is the pick at 4, here are the players that I would like the Browns to target:
A- Offensive tackle Riley Reiff or Jonathan Martin
B- Offensive guard Cordy Glenn
C- Wide receiver Stephen Hill or Kendall Wright
Cleveland front office personnel has been quoted as saying that they will not select offensive players with their first three picks. Unless they draft Mo Claiborne 4th overall, I call bulls**t.
This offense was as pathetic as any I’ve seen in all my years watching football. Pick 37 addresses whatever offensive need (RB, WR, or OL) that has been missed thus far. Look for the Browns to target these players to round our their need-trio…
A- Running back David Wilson or Doug Martin
B- Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery or Ruben Randall
C- Offensive tackle Bobby Massie
Three glaring needs. Three picks in the top 37. Three new starters. It almost seems too easy.
If the Cleveland Browns walk away from the 2012 NFL draft unsatisfied, Mike Holmgren has nobody to blame but himself. This blueprint provides the franchise impact players in three positions of need.
It would take an absolute fool to screw up this draft.
Either that, or Ryan Tannehill.
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