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Browns focusing on five in the first round

Griffin III of Baylor University looks for a receiver during NCAA football game against Huskies in San Antonio Reuters

The Cleveland Browns hold the fourth overall pick in the draft.  Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Browns are considering five possibilities.

Which means, if our math is correct (and it rarely is), that one of the five will be available when the Browns pick.

The quintet consists, per Cabot, of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (pictured), Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The Browns could trade up for Griffin.  Or they could trade down for more picks, like they did last year with the sixth overall selection.  And three years ago with the fifth overall selection.

Regardless, it’ll be the fourth straight year that the Browns have a top-10 pick.  Which rarely is a good thing.

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  1. jhart615 says: Feb 19, 2012 3:38 PM

    The fact that they’re even considering Ryan Tannehill should make any Browns fan ashamed…

  2. tommyf15 says: Feb 19, 2012 3:39 PM

    My guess is that the Browns move up to #2 and take Griffin.

    The Rams prefer Cleveland as their trading partner- that way they can still take either Matt Kalil or Justin Blackmon.

  3. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Feb 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    Your math isn’t correct, two of the five will be available.

  4. pmilz45 says: Feb 19, 2012 3:41 PM

    If they keep trading down and don’t make a move for Young Griff, they’ll be in the Top 10 until 2022.

  5. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 19, 2012 3:48 PM

    no way tannehill goes that high. they need to take trent richardson,browns have had a back like that since the byner mack days in the 1980s.

  6. zeapelido says: Feb 19, 2012 3:59 PM

    2 of the 5 will be available

  7. depressedbrownsfan4life says: Feb 19, 2012 4:10 PM

    Although the headline hints at some kind of inside information within the brass, this article clearly spotlights 5 players that MKK felt the urge to summarize and nothing more.

    There is no way the Browns take a CB with #4. Nor will they draft Trent or Tannehill that high either. The only two players in this list the Browns are considering with #4 is either RG3 or Blackmon. The presence of Ryan T in this article is nothing more than a plant to signal (supposedly) that the Browns would consider taking a QB with #22 and take the best available player at #4. This would also indicate that they would be willing to trade out of #4 themselves. Why make a team pay more for #2 when they could get RG3 at #4 for even less?

    I think if RG3 is there at #4, he’s a Brown. If not, they take Blackmon.

  8. jcg23 says: Feb 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    They are seriously giving up on Colt this quick? They’ve not given him a line to even get behind yet and they think throwing a new guy out there will be better? Geez.

  9. ravensfan313 says: Feb 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    Actually… 3 of the 5 will be guaranteed to be there.

  10. dmadras says: Feb 19, 2012 4:28 PM

    Actually 3 of the 5 will be available…
    Andrew Luck (who isnt listed) goes 1, leaving 3 players available by pick # 4 (if not more if the teams at 2 & 3 don’t target the same as the browns)
    hmmm….

  11. tommyf15 says: Feb 19, 2012 4:33 PM

    Will three of the five be available?

  12. mystereo says: Feb 19, 2012 4:36 PM

    RGIII is Akili Smith 2.0.

  13. paperlions says: Feb 19, 2012 4:38 PM

    Yes, at least 3 of the 5 will be available with the 4th pick…unless Andrew Luck has an unfortunate accident in the next few months.

  14. lionpride10 says: Feb 19, 2012 4:49 PM

    They will give the rams both of their first round picks for RG3 at #2

  15. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 19, 2012 5:23 PM

    The browns have to trade up for Griffin. If they don’t and roll into the season with Colt McCoy, it will probably go bad and holmgreen and shurmur are going to get canned. Get griffin, and they might be able to last another year while they “groom the future”.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Feb 19, 2012 5:39 PM

    Get Blackmon to give Colt a target. They don’t need another QB. Don’t ruin RG3′s career by taking him with NO team around him.

  17. purplengold says: Feb 19, 2012 6:00 PM

    It seems that they expect Luck and Kalil to be gone by #4, they should expect that RGIII will be gone by the #4 as well.

  18. stairwayto7 says: Feb 19, 2012 6:12 PM

    with the #5 pick the Browns select…some off tackle from Montana!

  19. Ryan says: Feb 19, 2012 6:14 PM

    this list is nothing more than MCK speculating… absolutely no indication that it matches up with what the Browns are actually thinking

  20. ampats says: Feb 19, 2012 6:19 PM

    Maybe the Browns can offer the draft picks to get the Ravens back ????

  21. mikebrownstepdown says: Feb 19, 2012 6:51 PM

    mystereo says:
    Feb 19, 2012 4:36 PM
    RGIII is Akili Smith 2.0.
    ———————————-
    Maybe… But Akili Smith wasn’t a heisman trophy winner either.

  22. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 19, 2012 6:59 PM

    They definitely don’t need Blackmon. They need a new front office, a new head coach and better play calling. West Coast system is DEAD

  23. greeksensation says: Feb 19, 2012 7:15 PM

    4512dawg4512 says:Feb 19, 2012 6:59 PM

    They definitely don’t need Blackmon. They need a new front office, a new head coach and better play calling. West Coast system is DEAD

    Yeah, cause offenses such as the Packers and Falcons are inept! C’mon man!

  24. cbass59 says: Feb 19, 2012 7:27 PM

    I hope they draft Akili Smith, I mean the smaller version of Cam Newton, RG3. That’s right SMALLER version of Cam Newton. If not him, then I hope they draft Richardson. RBs in the first round are a waste.

  25. thraiderskin says: Feb 19, 2012 8:11 PM

    I’m confused, I really like Robert Griffin III, but to the Browns? My understanding was that they wanted to be a West Coast style offense, so naturally, they are interested in a guy with an amazing deep ball but more than questionable intermediate to short accuracy? No knock on the guy being drafted in the top 5, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy Mike Holmgren would shoot for, sounds like a guy Shannarat, Kubiak or Mr. Al Davis would go for.

  26. lbcoach34 says: Feb 19, 2012 8:22 PM

    The more false or smokescreen info they feed to Mary Kay – the more I believe they’re not interested in these players.

    There will be another top QB in 2013 draft…so, they could get Richardson, and another top wideout like Michael Floyd at pick 22…see what McCoy can do – and if he stinks…

  27. lbcoach34 says: Feb 19, 2012 8:48 PM

    after watching the highlight tape of all 5 players from the article…there is no way Tannehill is worthy #4 pick, let alone 1st rounder (too much of a project). Claiborne looks like a good player, but not enough to make me choose him over RG3, Richardson, or Blackmon mainly because they’re on that side of the ball.

    That said, if RG3 is there – he’s too exciting to pass up. After him, I have to say that Blackmon looks awesome, but the depth at WR looks good for pick #22, and Richardson looks like a really good RB, better than what’s been available in recent years…

    So, if someone moves ahead of CLE to get RG3…so be it. I would love either Blackmon or Richardson with my preference for the latter, and targeting the next best WR available at pick 22 – roll with Colt for another year, and see what he can do with Richardson, Hillis, Greg Little, and someone like Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright…

  28. lbcoach34 says: Feb 19, 2012 8:58 PM

    then again – this may all be a smokescreen – and their interest is in someone like Quinton Coples…

  29. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 19, 2012 9:17 PM

    Yeah It’s too big of a risk trading your 2 first rounders to move up 2 spots, when he could end up being another troy smith or one of the other 12 of 15 past NFL Heismann winning QB’s taht have been busts since 1999, (check for yourself) the odds aren’t good. Everyone is so excited about cam newton’s success last year that they think RG3 is automatically going to be playing at that same level. I think he looked great in college, but system, competetion, has alot to do with that also. I dont think the browns make that move giving up #22 and 4 too many needs, the west coast offense uses the qb under center and RG3 played mostly in shotgun, and they love draft picks. My guess is they give Colt some weapons, and let this year make or break him with no excuses like not having talent around him. There is a nice crop of Qb’s coming out in 2013 that are of similar talent to RG3.

  30. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 19, 2012 9:33 PM

    greeksensation — The Packers, the Falcons and the Saints and other teams use variations of the WC offense, the Browns are the only team that still runs it full 0n 100%. Im glad we got an offensive coordinator though, even if it is Brad Childress

  31. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 19, 2012 9:44 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Feb 19, 2012 5:39 PM
    Get Blackmon to give Colt a target. They don’t need another QB. Don’t ruin RG3′s career by taking him with NO team around him.
    ————————————————-

    Colt doesn’t have a big arm so there’s no reason to get a big physical deep threat like Blackmon. Cribbs has proven to be damn good at WR and needs to be involved more often. Little was a great pick up for the Browns dink and dunk system, he’s got the size to extend a five yard catch into a ten yard gain. Massaquoi is a good slot receiver. Evan Moore is the most under-rated player on the team at TE, he catches everything thrown his way. Enough with all this “Colt doesn’t have any weapons BS”, the play calling sucks and as long as there’s a QB that hasn’t proven himself at throwing the deep ball accurately the running game will never open up and defenses will continue to put eight in the box to defend against the run or the short pass.

  32. modellforprez says: Feb 19, 2012 10:57 PM

    puppy pound its time I see you. lebron come home why did you leave u kno we are the land of losers and now itz over. kid cudi “I got the grizzlies dawg”

  33. geo1113 says: Feb 19, 2012 11:07 PM

    paperlions says:
    Feb 19, 2012 4:38 PM
    Yes, at least 3 of the 5 will be available with the 4th pick…unless Andrew Luck has an unfortunate accident in the next few months.

    —————–
    Correct, at least 3 of the 5 and if the Rams keep the second pick, probably 4 of the 5, because one could make a very strong case that they will choose Matt Kalil.

  34. nobisoreal says: Feb 19, 2012 11:11 PM

    Why the hell would they have to trade up for rg3. No way the rams or vikings take a qb in the first round. I really hope they don’t take him. As a ravens fan I’d rather play mccoy twice a year.

  35. godofwine330 says: Feb 19, 2012 11:15 PM

    They’d better not trade up to get RGIII. If he falls in our laps, fine, I’ll take him. But we need too much. We STILL don’t have a wide receiver, so RGII will be as SOL as Colt was last year except RGIII has a better arm.

    WR, RT, G, fast OLB, FS opposite TJ Ward, and corner.

    We need all of that. Trade those 2 #1′s away and we cannot do it.

  36. bebopa says: Feb 19, 2012 11:15 PM

    RGIII , hopefully you wont end up in this no mans land, but if you do make sure you have a contract that will cover you when you get dismembered , thanks to the non existence of an OL in Cleveland.

  37. mystereo says: Feb 19, 2012 11:18 PM

    Eric Crouch won the Heisman too. So what’s your point?

    mikebrownstepdown says: Feb 19, 2012 6:51 PM

    mystereo says:
    Feb 19, 2012 4:36 PM
    RGIII is Akili Smith 2.0.
    ———————————-
    Maybe… But Akili Smith wasn’t a heisman trophy winner either.

  38. mrfrostyj says: Feb 20, 2012 12:07 AM

    Since no one has paid attention to Clevelands drafting style or any of their front offices press conferences (including Ms. Cabot) let me go ahead and remind you. Cleveland will pump up a players stock in the draft by talking about how much they like the guy so that some other team will offer half their offense and draft picks for him. That’s how Sanchez went to the Jets and Jones got to the Falcons. They will then pick up a project QB in the later rounds and go after a vet in free agency just for Colt McCoy to still win out in a QB competition making all the “who will be their starting QB” speculation pointless. If the Browns team was as good on the field as the Browns front office is about suckering other GM’s into taking draft spots and problem players they’d have a Superbowl ring for each finger.

  39. brenenostler says: Feb 20, 2012 1:27 AM

    Maybe they always lose because they trade away their high picks? Quality over quantity.

  40. ispysomething7 says: Feb 20, 2012 7:44 AM

    @4512dawg4512. You’re not serious are you? You think the Browns offense is that good huh? Little is a great WR? Moore catches everything thrown to him? Massaquoi is a good slot receiver? Are you Randy Lerner?

  41. dragonrider2300 says: Feb 20, 2012 12:45 PM

    While the success rate on drafting QBs in the first round is only 50%, an NFL team can’t win a Super Bowl without a franchise QB-and most ‘franchise’ QBs are chosen in round 1. The Browns are almost certain to trade up and get the Rams’ #2 pick, to take Griffin. McCoy could remain as the backup, or maybe start a few games in 2012 while Griffin gets ready.

    I think the Browns are tossing out other names to snow job everyone, and they will announce, on draft day, a trade for the #2 pick that will have been worked out weeks in advance. Let’s see if the Browns can actually build a team around whoever their QB will be-even Holmgren has struggled to improve the team’s win-loss record. There is no long-term hope of improving their record without a real QB.

  42. kelmcc says: Feb 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    So, their three choices for QB for next year are: Colt McCoy (incumbent), RGIII and/or Tannehill.

    Three QBs from Texas schools, none of whom are cut out for the NFL. When will these pro teams learn???? You DO NOT draft QBs from Texas schools.

    Texas high schools…. YES

    Texas universities…. HA!

  43. Truckin' says: Feb 20, 2012 3:44 PM

    Ryan Tannehill = David Klinger of Cleveland if drafted at #4.

  44. BrownsTown says: Feb 21, 2012 8:35 AM

    Claiborne should be the pick here in Cleveland.

  45. hedphurst says: Feb 25, 2012 11:57 AM

    godofwine330 says:
    Feb 19, 2012 11:15 PM
    They’d better not trade up to get RGIII. If he falls in our laps, fine, I’ll take him. But we need too much. We STILL don’t have a wide receiver, so RGII will be as SOL as Colt was last year except RGIII has a better arm.

    WR, RT, G, fast OLB, FS opposite TJ Ward, and corner.

    We need all of that. Trade those 2 #1′s away and we cannot do it.

    I agree for the most part, except that I think the right QB in the right system can make things happen even if his WR corps is subpar (see Alex Smith in 2011, Tom Brady every year before Welker emerged, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, etc), while even the best WRs can’t win games without a good QB (see Fitzgerald/Boldin without Warner, Andre Johnson to date, Calvin Johnson pre-Stafford, etc).

    I think I’d be ok with the Browns trading the #4 & #22 picks this year to ensure they get RGIII, but if it’s going to cost more than that, I’d rather see them get Claiborne at #4, a WR or RT at #22, and take a shot at Brandon Weeden or Brock Osweiler in round 2, or waiting until round 3 or 4 to get someone like Nick Foles, Ryan Lindley or Kirk Cousins, then letting that guy compete with McCoy.

    The line should improve with Steinbach coming back, and a rookie or free agent coming in to shore up the right side. Plus, Pinkston could end up playing some RT if Steinbach stays healthy. Improved line play will help everything on offense, and if there’s no game-changer at QB, I’d rather keep building the foundation with the 2012 draft, and hope either McCoy improves or that there’s a franchise QB available next year.

    As far as FS goes, I hope they have Sheldon Brown either move to that spot or move on from the team this year. His cap hit is too big to make the second option likely, but he has clearly lost a step and can’t play man against fast WRs anymore. I’d rather see Dimitri Patterson and/or Buster Skrine lined up opposite Haden than Brown at this point…

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