By Tony Grossi
Extra Points …
Mock draft 2.0: The best way to handicap the Browns’ early selections in the draft is to consider their top three picks as inter-related. I know that’s what GM Tom Heckert is doing.
By now, most everyone feels the Browns have to pick a receiver, running back and right tackle among picks Nos. 4, 22 and 37. It’s unlikely – but not out of the question – that the team would address a different position with one of these picks. National experts predict a quarterback in the top three. I still think they wait for a later round to choose a quarterback.
Our second mock draft extends to No. 37. We expect to post updated mocks each Monday before the draft and then our final one on April 26.
1. Indianapolis: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford.
2. Washington: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor.
3. Minnesota: OT Matt Kalil, Southern California.
4. Browns: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama.
A common misconception about Richardson is that he is the next Adrian Peterson. He is not. Richardson doesn’t have that elite separation speed or the same explosion through the hole. But his combination of strength and speed and his physical style make him an elite back.
5. Tampa Bay: CB Morris Claiborne, Louisiana State.
6. St. Louis: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State.
7. Jacksonville: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina.
8. Miami: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M.
9. Carolina: DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State.
10. Buffalo: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa.
11. Kansas City: DT Michael Brockers, Louisiana State.
12. Seattle: OG David DeCastro, Stanford.
13. Arizona: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame.
14. Dallas: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis.
15. Philadelphia: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College.
16. N.Y. Jets: LB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina.
17. Cincinnati: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor.
18. San Diego: DE Nick Perry, Southern California.
19. Chicago: OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia.
20. Tennessee: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama.
21. Cincinnati: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina.
22. Browns: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford.
With the top three receivers off the board, the best tackle available is the right call. The Browns have looked at several tackles projected for the second round just in case they use this pick on a receiver. A trade up is possible.
23. Detroit: OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi.
24. Pittsburgh: DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State.
25. Denver: LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama.
26. Houston: WR Rueben Randle, Louisiana State.
27. New England: DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut.
28. Green Bay: DE Andre Branch, Clemson.
29. Baltimore: C Peter Konz, Wisconsin.
30. San Francisco: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford.
31. New England: SS Mark Barron, Alabama.
32. N.Y. Giants: OT Mike Adams, Ohio State.
33. St. Louis: OG Jeff Allen, Illinois.
34. Indianapolis: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech.
35. Minnesota: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama.
36. Tampa Bay: WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers.
37. Browns: WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina.
Some may consider this a steal way down here, but he doesn't really satisfy the team need for speed at wideout. He's big and fairly acrobatic, but not a home-run hitter. They had to take somebody, though.
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