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With the fourth pick of the NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select ...

Apr 02, 2012 -- 2:30pm

By Tony Grossi


Extra Points …

Mock draft 1.0: I’ve delayed posting a mock draft until I had a strong feeling about the Browns’ selections in the first round. I do now.

My hope is to update this every Monday in Extra Points and then have my final mock draft posted on the morning of the first round on April 26. I might extend this mock through the 37th pick next time and thereafter.

1. Indianapolis: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford.

2. Washington: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor.

3. Minnesota: OT Matt Kalil, USC.

4. Browns: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama.

The best offensive player available upgrades the offense three ways – 1. Can score any time he’s handed the ball from any field position, 2. Protects the quarterback on rush pickups, 3. Can turn a dump-off or checkdown into a big gain. So what if a running back’s shelf life in the NFL is five years. The future is now and he can make a bigger immediate impact than any offensive player.

5. Tampa Bay: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU.

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 Michael Brockers, LSU.

10. Buffalo: OT Riley Reiff, Iowa.

11. Kansas City: DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State.

12. Seattle: OG David DeCastro, Stanford.

13. Arizona: OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina.

14. Dallas: DT Dontari Poe, Memphis.

15. Philadelphia:  QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State.

16. N.Y. Jets: OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama.

17. Cincinnati: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame.

18. San Diego: DE Nick Perry, USC.

19. Chicago: LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College.

20. Tennessee: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama.

21. Cincinnati: OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois.

22. Browns: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford.

He drops this far because of disappointing results at the combine and his pro day. Yes, teams looking for a left tackle will be scared off. But he can move to the right side and start from Day 1. His intelligence and character are qualities very attractive to the Browns.

23. Detroit: CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina.

24. Pittsburgh: OT Mike Adams, Ohio State.

25. Denver: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford.

26. Houston: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor.

27. New England: DE Andre Branch, Clemson.

28. Green Bay: DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut.

29. Baltimore: C Peter Konz, Wisconsin.

30. San Francisco: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama.

31. New England: DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State.

32. N.Y. Giants: OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 44 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@espncleveland.com

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