Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/26/12

Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert confirmed reports that the team has had multiple inquiries regarding a potential trade up to the fourth-overall spot in the upcoming NFL Draft, a position currently in possession.

Heckert, via The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, stated that while the team will likely stay in their current position, as opposed to trading down for the second consecutive year, the team would not be likely to entertain any move that would position the Browns outside of the top eight selections while placing zero probability on moving up to the third-overall selection presently owned by the Minnesota Vikings.

“There are five players we really like,” Heckert reportedly said. With quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III essentially locked in the top two spots, and Minnesota all but guaranteed to take offensive tackle Matt Kalil,  the Browns will likely have their choice of Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

The Browns had reported interest in free agent wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, but both players accepted offers from the Washington Redskins on the heals of their blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams, providing them the second-overall selection.

[Related: NFL free agency is far from over for the Browns]

(Source: Mary Kay Cabot)

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