After a pre-draft season of wavering between sides of the ball as well as position, Scouts Inc.’s Todd McShay has the Cleveland Browns selecting West Virginia’s Geno Smith with the sixth-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
A trade-down scenario remains on the table for Cleveland who, as recent as last night, was considered the biggest X-Factor by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. The Browns are notoriously tight-lipped and the variance of the mock drafts that have been published is a testament to just how big of a question mark Berea is on Thursday evening.
It is worth noting that it was just a few weeks ago when McShay said that Smith was not a first-round talent.
“I don’t have a true first-round grade on Smith, and I don’t feel great about slotting him anywhere in the top 10,” McShay said. “But we all know the drill — quarterbacks will get bumped up the board come April 25, and Smith is likely to be the first quarterback off the board. … If he’s still on the board at No. 10, that’s when things would get interesting because there isn’t a team with a pressing need at QB until we circle back around in Round 2.”
A selection of Smith with the sixth-overall pick would undoubtedly mean the end of Brandon Weeden’s tenure with the team. McShay’s counterpart at ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr., has the Browns selecting Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, adding that Smith is also in play.
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