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Draft focus turns to Blackmon, Richardson and Claiborne

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To the extent that anything is certain a month before the NFL draft, it’s a certainty that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be the first two players off the board. And although the Vikings are trying to put up smokescreens about their plans, everyone expects USC left tackle Matt Kalil to go to Minnesota at No. 3.

That’s where it gets interesting.

The big questions in all of the NFL draft projections are about what the Browns will do at No. 4, the Buccaneers will do at No. 5 and the Rams will do at No. 6. And the vast majority of draft projections have Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, in some order, as the next three players off the board.

The local papers in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and St. Louis all have stories today exploring those three teams’ draft prospects.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer pegs Blackmon as the Browns’ most likely pick, noting that the Browns want to upgrade their passing game and probably won’t do it by drafting a quarterback like Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, at least not as high as No. 4 overall.

The Tampa Bay Times notes that the Buccaneers want to add a running back and don’t want to spend much in free agency to do it, which means Richardson is a strong possibility at No. 5 overall.

And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch points out that essentially every mock draft has the Rams taking either Blackmon or Claiborne, which ever one of them is available.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t stroll to the podium to begin the first round until April 26, and the NFL draft never plays out exactly as we expect it to a month in advance. But for the moment, all the focus is on picks 4-6, and on Blackmon, Richardson and Claiborne.

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  1. meatfish66 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:37 AM

    I swear I will be so p/o’d if we draft Blackmon. We gave up 40 points to the freaking Jags! Draft either LMJ or Chris Rainey to pair with Blount and the running game will be fine. We CANNOT go through another season of EJ Biggers seeing a majority of defensive snaps.

  2. thegonz13 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:39 AM

    Until some team comes calling to move up. Then, all bets are off…

  3. stl45fan says: Mar 25, 2012 9:40 AM

    The Browns NEED Richardson to replace Hillis. The Bucs NEED Clairborne to replace Talib. The Rams NEED Blackmon to fill the void at WR.

  4. larryed says: Mar 25, 2012 9:41 AM

    the Buccaneers ………don’t want to spend much in free agency?
    Wow, Nicks was free? Jackson?…Wright? I guess their GM is better than anyone ever gives him credit for! lol

  5. moondoggcavalier says: Mar 25, 2012 9:43 AM

    meatfish66

    You won’t be able to draft him because he won’t be there at 5. Now if you want to trade up one spot to get him, it’s gonna cost ya.

  6. waltdawg says: Mar 25, 2012 9:45 AM

    Rams will take what they can get at 6…They are loaded for the future, thanks to the Skins…

    And my SKINS will the QB of the future. God love the Browns for being sooooo cheap.

    HAIL

  7. truninerfan49 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    @larryed

    Did you bother to read the article? he said the Bucs want to add a Rb and don’t want to spend much in free agency to do it.

    What do V JAX, Wright and Nicks have to do with the Bucs spending money on a RB ????

  8. waltdawg says: Mar 25, 2012 9:49 AM

    Isn’t the Richardson kid the one who was playing the air guitar into the camera the entire time during the national champioship??? He is really annoying. No RB in today’s NFL should go in the first round…Not that special of a skill set anymore. Sorry.

  9. bobsacamano2 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:51 AM

    These 3 guys being reported as locks for the picks 4-6 are a result of the new rookie wage scale. Now, the notion of drafting a WR at 4 is okay because you don’t have to give them 40 million guaranteed. You can compare their talent to the rest of the draft class and draft according to need instead of comparing their super salary to everyone else in the league at the position.

    The good news is that these three players would be an immediate upgrade for any of these three teams. The unlikely pick is Trent Richardson to the Rams, but even Steven Jackson is getting up there in age as far as RBs are concerned.

    Heckert needs to get on the phone to Snead and tell him he’s taking Blackmon. See if the Rams will give a #2 to move up for him. Is Blackmon to the Rams worth more than Claiborne and a #2?

  10. sledgehorn says: Mar 25, 2012 9:52 AM

    I think the Bucs have their eyes set on Richardson but would be smart to trade back with someone trying to swoop in for Blackmon or Claiborne (whatever one the Browns don’t pick)

  11. paperlions says: Mar 25, 2012 9:56 AM

    Did you know there are draft picks after the first round that teams can use to address needs? There are also RBs besides Richardson and WRs besides Blackmon in the draft.

    I still can’t help but be speechless when people suggest Tannehill should be a 1st round pick. I know there isn’t anything at QB in the draft after Luck and RBIII, but drafting Tannehill that early is like panicking and drafting Ponder 10th overall. Such picks often waste 3 years as franchises feel compelled to give the guy they over-drafted every chance to prove he isn’t a bust.

  12. downslide33 says: Mar 25, 2012 9:59 AM

    Richardson shouldnt be drafted anywhere near the Top 10.!!! Hasnt anyone watched the league the last 3 yeaars??? RB’s are a dime a dozen !!! Its a passing league!

  13. meatfish66 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:01 AM

    Ugh. Definitely meant Richardson, not Blackmon. Draft on the brain. Such a fail :(

  14. bucs71 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:03 AM

    @larryed

    I think the article is saying that they don’t want to spend the money at the running back position in free agency. I could be wrong, but that is how I take it. They got the key free agents that they wanted, now they want to use the money on their draft picks. I would rather them get Claiborne anyways.

  15. bayoubauer says: Mar 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    larryed says:
    Mar 25, 2012 9:41 AM
    the Buccaneers ………don’t want to spend much in free agency?
    Wow, Nicks was free? Jackson?…Wright? I guess their GM is better than anyone ever gives him credit for! lol

    The Tampa Bay Times notes that the Buccaneers want to add a running back and don’t want to spend much in free agency to do it,

    He was referring specifically to the RB position, Einstein.

  16. nflfollower says: Mar 25, 2012 10:05 AM

    The article states the Bucs don’t want to spend big in free agency ON A RB. Not that they didn’t want to spend in free agency at all. Reading comprehension—-a lost art these days.

  17. whodeytn says: Mar 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    The Browns NEED Richardson to replace Hillis. The Bucs NEED Clairborne to replace Talib. The Rams NEED Blackmon to fill the void at WR.
    —–

    The Browns need a WR much more than a RB right now. They literally have no passing game.

  18. scottieplongballs says: Mar 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    Blackmon runs a 4.55, Mike Williams ring any bells? Bust! Richardson is a Rb and. It Adrian Peterson, Rb just aren’t worth an early first round pick anymore. Claiborne is the only elite talent worth that early pick, who ever gets him wins.

  19. orlandodawg says: Mar 25, 2012 10:08 AM

    As a Browns fan I am leery about taking a WR at 4. Braylon Edwards gave us one good year before he became a turd. But when our current WR’s consist of Greg “stone hands” Little, Mohammad “4.7 in the 40″ Massaquoi and Josh”over-rated” Cribbs….I guess we have to go Blackmon.

  20. dasboat says: Mar 25, 2012 10:09 AM

    The Bucs defense was toast last year. It was pretty consistent that the team was down by 3 TDs by early 2nd quarter. Claiborne has got to be the focus, if available. If Claiborne is gone, I’d rather see Kalil or Blackmon selected before Richardson. Richardson could be the next Adrian Peterson but that’s not the way to bet it.

  21. ruggyup says: Mar 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    Best, not THE, choice for Bucs must be Claiborne. But trying to figure Bucs thinking is like trying to know what a Jesuit is thinking.

  22. oldbyrd says: Mar 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    I really don’t forsee any moving up this. Perhaps as you get to the botom half of the first round.

  23. mungman69 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:18 AM

    Watch the Eagles trade up and take Richardson or Blackmon. This is Andy Reid’s do-or-die season. The Eagles need another running back and a receiver who can catch the ball in the end zone. Plus they have plenty of picks.

  24. billybatty says: Mar 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    Browns will take Blackmon, just to spite the Rams over the failed deal for #2 pick.

  25. ugk612 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:28 AM

    Minnesota is going to throw a curve ball….watch for it!

  26. dawglbfan says: Mar 25, 2012 10:30 AM

    Ha it will be great to make the Rams give us one of the Redskins picks to move up to 4 to make sure they have a chance at Blackmon or Claibourne. Stick it to em Mikey and Mr. Herckert

  27. fsf7 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:32 AM

    downslide33 says:Mar 25, 2012 9:59 AM

    Richardson shouldnt be drafted anywhere near the Top 10.!!! Hasnt anyone watched the league the last 3 yeaars??? RB’s are a dime a dozen !!! Its a passing league!
    ———————-

    Since 2005, only one team with a RB over 1200 reached the Super Bowl: 2010 Steelers with Rashard Mendenhall. That includes winners and losers, the game has really changed since Roger Goodell took over as Commissioner — not just the last 3 years.

  28. duncanthecat says: Mar 25, 2012 10:34 AM

    Rams would be smart to trade down again.

  29. bouchez9393 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:35 AM

    T rich will be a buc. He will be an every down back in this league, which is something very rare nowadays. Blount can’t catch or run short yardage plays, and for someone that big to never be able to move the chains on 3rd and inches like mr. Alstott did back in the day is absurd! There’s a reason Blount still isn’t signed, because once the bucs draft Richardson he knows his 15 minutes are up!

  30. emmac13 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    I know Richardson is a talent. But the Broncos in the past and this years Texans proved you can get a back anywhere. Most of top tier WR are taken in top of draft. I personally hope Kalil falls to Browns at 4. With Thomas, Mack, and Kalil anybody can run the ball.

  31. thegeneral7694 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    @waltdawg:

    I’m speechless. Air guitar? A team with a crying need at RB should pass on the only elite RB in this draft….because u saw him play air guitar on TV? Don’t know if this occurred to u, but he might have been, oh, I don’t know, a little excited about winning his second nat’l title in 3 years. And if that’s the only thing u saw Trent do all season, then u weren’t watching the games. I don’t know what to tell u.

    So the Vikings were idiots for drafting Peterson @ 7, right? Yes, it’s a passing league now….that means don’t reach for a RB early (i.e. Cadillac, Cedric Benson, etc.)…I agree with that. But there are exceptions to every rule….every team in need of a RB that passes on Richardson will be sorry, just like the few teams that passed on Peterson.

    @downslide33: RBs are a dime a dozen, but ask ANY NFL personnel man if players like Richardson are a dime a dozen. They’ll laugh in ur face and ask u if u have ever watched a football game. We aren’t talking about BenJarvus Green-Ellis here.

  32. getmeouttajersey says: Mar 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    So I guess there’s 0 chance of the Eagles getting Richardson without moving up? Damn.

  33. hatethesteelers says: Mar 25, 2012 10:54 AM

    I get sick to my stomach everytime I see a fellow Browns fan clamoring for Richardson at 4.

    Do you want us to be 4-12 forever?

    Do you not understand this is a passing and pass rush league? I know Holmgren and Heckert don’t realize that but I hope the fans do at least.

  34. justanotherdummy says: Mar 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    No reason at all to throw away an early 1st round pick on a RB. These teams need help at a lot of spots, and can always get a tailback a few rounds later.

  35. vondoom92 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    People say that Browns must take Richardson over Blackmon to fill the spot of Hillis.

    1) RBs life span are much shorter than WRs

    2) There is a much deeper pool of solid RBs, than there are at WR.

    I think its time the Browns use their first round pick on a WR, and give McCoy a serious weapon.

  36. wtfchiefs says: Mar 25, 2012 11:11 AM

    I just have a feeling Cleveland is shopping that pick since RG3 is as good as gone

  37. bucingnasty says: Mar 25, 2012 11:12 AM

    tampa needs mo claiborne more than we trent…..wished we could of brought in lofton but i can honeslty see the bucs trading back in picking up luke k from BC. barrett ruud jr only better.

  38. alstottwastheman says: Mar 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    Bucs didn’t have to pay a lot for a back, Bush went for what 4 years/14 million? How much cheaper are you trying to go? Blount is still on his undrafted rookie contract so he’s making next to nothing as it it.

  39. purplecrowe says: Mar 25, 2012 11:45 AM

    I’m not so sure the Vikes are putting up a “smokescreen.” They have so many needs, it could very well be Claiborne or Blackmon at three. I’d rather they take a shut-down corner and address the line with a servicable tackle in round 2 or 3…

  40. schmitty2 says: Mar 25, 2012 12:13 PM

    bobsacamano2 says:
    Mar 25, 2012 9:51 AM

    Heckert needs to get on the phone to Snead and tell him he’s taking Blackmon. See if the Rams will give a #2 to move up for him. Is Blackmon to the Rams worth more than Claiborne and a #2?

    Both huge positions of need but I think Blackmon is what they need most right now as the signing of Finnegan and the return of Fletcher will help some with the Cb issues

  41. wickerphil says: Mar 25, 2012 12:32 PM

    waltdawg:

    Getting Trent Richardson would be a 2-for-1 deal.
    1. You get one of the best RBs in the NFL to move the sticks, put points on the board and help your suspect defense by keeping them off the field.
    2. You take pressure off your QB and give him time to develop.

    You folks who continuously claim: “You can find an RB anywhere” forget that the Bucs had an alleged guy like that in LeGarrette Blount. They quickly found the difference between a guy who can just put up good numbers playing RB in a 16 game season (you only have to average 65 yards a game to get to 1000 yards) and having a special talent that makes his offense and team better.

    Also, a lot of the teams that “find” these RBs later in the draft have excellent QBs like Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers etc. Richardson, who put up huge numbers against SEC defenses despite no passing game, makes a lot more sense than the latest product of those Big 12 spread offenses (Justin Blackmon today, see Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin yesterday, plus guys like Dez Bryant and Mark Clayton).

    Richardson could rush for 1600 yards and 12 TDs a season, and give more single coverages for the Bucs’ average WRs to work against. It would be idiotic to pass him up just to maintain some “we don’t want to give no stinking RBs any money” nonsense. Plus, the Bucs’ new coach relied heavily on the running game at Rutgers. It is a no-brainer.

  42. rowdymon says: Mar 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    Shurmur’s offense is a pass-first offense. They have to draft Blackmon, otherwise change the game plan.

  43. wickerphil says: Mar 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    vondoom2:

    There is a deeper pool of solid RBs? OK fine. Name the guys in this pool. The #2 RB in the draft according to a lot of sources: LaMichael James, an 185 lb. product of a gimmick offense. Is that who you want McCoy to hand the ball off to 20 times a game? Meanwhile, you want them to use the #4 overall pick on yet another Big 12 spread offense WR that will fail to produce 1000 receiving yards a year in the NFL? Blackmon isn’t even as good as the last hyped Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, who was supposed to be “the next Randy Moss”, and Bryant hasn’t made an impact even with Tony Romo getting him the ball.

  44. cmarsh64 says: Mar 25, 2012 12:59 PM

    Cowboys should trade with the Rams and give them next years 1st rd pick so they can draft Claibourne. When the Cowboys make the playoffs that pick would be in the 20′s so it wouldn’t be that big of a risk.

  45. profootballwalk says: Mar 25, 2012 1:02 PM

    wickerphil says: Mar 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    vondoom2:

    There is a deeper pool of solid RBs? OK fine. Name the guys in this pool. The #2 RB in the draft according to a lot of sources: LaMichael James, an 185 lb. product of a gimmick offense. Is that who you want McCoy to hand the ball off to 20 times a game? Meanwhile, you want them to use the #4 overall pick on yet another Big 12 spread offense WR that will fail to produce 1000 receiving yards a year in the NFL? Blackmon isn’t even as good as the last hyped Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, who was supposed to be “the next Randy Moss”, and Bryant hasn’t made an impact even with Tony Romo getting him the ball.
    ——————————————

    Ever heard of Arian Foster? Many of the best running backs of recent drafts were mid-low picks or UFAs.

  46. mungman69 says: Mar 25, 2012 1:12 PM

    Dez Bryant’s problem is that Tony Romo is getting him the ball. But this years cowboys might win even with Romo.

  47. wickerphil says: Mar 25, 2012 1:47 PM

    vondoom2:

    That is precisely the issue. It took the Texans almost a decade of looking before they FINALLY found a good RB later in the draft, and in the process they got David Carr, their #1 overall draft pick, pummeled and wasted the potential of Andre Johnson and a great passing game. The Texans have gone to the playoffs once despite all that talent; their approach is not one that should be emulated.

    Also, the mid-low picks and UFA types are notorious for having 3 or 4 good years and then falling completely off the map and having to be replaced. Two good examples of that: Rudi Johnson of the Bengals and Brandon Jacobs of the Giants. If you want an RB to give you good production for 8-9 years so that you can address other areas of your team, just go ahead and pull the trigger on one with 1st round ability. Otherwise you will be looking for RBs in the draft every 2-3 years. Remember: the Bucs had what they thought was the next star UFA RB in LeGarrette Blount, and he was horrible last year when teams figured him out. And Blount took the position of a couple of similar guys that the Bucs had, like Dedric Ward.

    Incidentally, if you look at the rushing leaders last year, Maurice Jones-Drew was a 2nd rounder, and so was Ray Rice. Michael Turner came to the Falcons in the biggest free agency contract given to an RB in years. LeSean McCoy: 2nd round. Marshawn Lynch? First round. Willis McGahee? First round. Steven Jackson? First round. Ryan Matthews? Reggie Bush? Cedric Benson? Chris Johnson? Beanie Wells? First round. Matt Forte? 2nd round. Adrian Peterson? 1st. Ben Tate? 2nd. Rashard Mendenhall? 1st. DeAngelo Williams? First. Jonathan Stewart? 1st. For all the claims that RBs are “fungible”, 17 of the top 25 rushers last year were 1st or 2nd round picks, and #18 was a big money free agent. Further, Frank Gore had Trent Richardson type talent. The 49ers took a gamble that his knees would get better and they did. That does more for the idea of getting premium talent at RB than thinking that you can get a BenJarvus Green-Ellis and do fine, so that is #19. So that leaves 6 guys, and even some of those (Shonn Greene, LeGarrette Blount) had their limitations exposed last year despite their numbers, and had huge roles in their teams’ struggles on offense.

    Taking an RB later in the draft because of Arian Foster makes as much sense as getting your QB in that region because of Tom Brady, Brad Johnson and Kurt Warner. It doesn’t pay off nearly as often as everyone thinks it does.

  48. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    The Browns are putting up a smoke screen that they want Blackmon, they are trying to snatch additional draft pick / picks to trade down. If they dont find a trade partner, they will take Richardson. (Mcshay says best RB to come out in 5 years). I’m happy with that after watching his 2011 highlights on youtube, the kid is a beast, catches ball well out of backfield, and good blocker. Perfect weapon for Mccoy. Then pick best WR at 22. Hopefully the Hill kid is there, he has Calvin Johnson, size and speed.

  49. commishroger says: Mar 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    Things will be shaken up a bit when the league nullify’s the Redskin’s 1st round pick in punishment for Gregg William’s. Vikings will move to #2–Who will trade up? And for how much?

  50. joepetro66 says: Mar 25, 2012 2:04 PM

    As much as some Ram’s fans may want to have their cake (trade down with Redskins) and eat it (get Blackmon at #6), there is little chance that Blackmon will fall to St. Louis in a scenario that involves Cleveland taking Richardson at #4.

    For one, there’s no indication that the Browns desire a “workhorse” running back (25 carries per game) in their WCO. Indeed, they just let Hillis walk and a big reason for him falling out of favor with the team was the dissatisfaction he showed over the bell cow back no longer being the center-piece of the offense, as it was under Mangini in 2011. Can you say “running back by committee”?

    Second, many scouts are saying that the 2012 NFL draft is extremely deep at the running back position. Plus, Browns’ GM Tom Heckert has a successful history of finding productive backs after the first round (LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook). So, while the Browns are expected to try to add depth to the running back position through the draft, it’s doubtful they will invest the #4 pick on Richardson, especially when he’s coming off knee surgery (ask Browns’ fans about Montario Hardesty).

    Finally, Blackmon is just too logical pick for the Browns at #4. Essentially, when they traded down with the Falcons in last year’s draft they forewent the opportunity to add a top flight receiver for one season (giving up Julio Jones in 2011 for Justin Blackmon in 2012) in exchange for an additional first round pick in 2012. Now, if Blackmon lives up to the hype and the Browns can also add an impact player at #22, it will have been well worth the wait and a season of hand ringing headlines.

    So, the only scenario whereby it is likely for Blackmon to fall to the Rams at #6 is if the Browns choose Claiborne over Blackmon and the Buccaneers then choose Richardson. The problem with this picture for Rams fans is that if as team like the Browns–which ranked 29/32 in total yards and 30/32 in scoring in 2011 and envisages itself as a “passing” team (WCO, hello?)—takes a pass on Blackmon after giving up the chance to get Julio Jones last year, one has to wonder if Blackmon is even worthy of the #6 pick.

    Oh, and you can forget about Tannehill at #4–that ain’t happening.

  51. nemesder says: Mar 25, 2012 2:23 PM

    mungman69 says:Mar 25, 2012 1:12 PM

    Dez Bryant’s problem is that Tony Romo is getting him the ball. But this years cowboys might win even with Romo.

    Dez Bryant’s problem is that he’s an idiot. Solid Veteran’s on the team can’t stand him or his childish behavior… just wait for a Plexico Burres esq. moment in the future, its going to happen

  52. EJ says: Mar 25, 2012 2:29 PM

    Those three will be off the board next, In no particular order. The bigger question is who comes in 7-10? The top 10 picks are the aces of the draft, its almost impossible to figure out all 10. There is always a team that reaches for either a QB or a RB. Not every team chooses to take a need over the best player available.
    Buffalo will likely take the best player available just because after Luck, Griffin, Claiborne, Richardson and Blackmon, the quality drops dramatically. The player that will be reached for, but will surprise all with his ability to play NFL level ball is Luke Kuechly… I hope that the Bills are that team.

  53. watermelon1 says: Mar 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    stl45fan says: Mar 25, 2012 9:40 AM

    The Browns NEED Richardson to replace Hillis. The Bucs NEED Clairborne to replace Talib. The Rams NEED Blackmon to fill the void at WR.
    ================================

    You DON’T try to become relevant in the AFC North by trying to run the ball on the Ravens and Steelers and even the Bengals. That just won’t work for the Browns.

    They need to upgrade that defense most importantly, but Blackmon is too good a prospect not to take because he will make whatever QB they end up playing have a much easier time. Even if he can’t replicate what AJ Green did last year for the Bengals… he’s still an awesome red-zone target. And that’s something any QB would love. Trying to run the ball against the defenses in that division is the least of their concerns. Pick up some free agent for that foolishness if you want.

  54. truthserum4u says: Mar 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    The what ifs scenarios could leave the Rams in an unenviable spot. Perhaps trading down too far.

    What if the Browns take Blackmon, thus giving McCoy a true weapon at WR, so they can see if he is their future or not. They can go RB at the top of the second round with Wilson, Miller or Martin; while not considered as good a prospects as Richardson, still thought of as potential franchise backs.

    What if the Bucs then take Claiborne; also leaving the selection of a RB to one of the formentioned in the second round.

    This leaves the Rams with Richardson? While they need to replace Jackson at some point down the road, do they want to pick his (for now) back-up with the sixth pick in the draft when they have so many holes to fill on their roster? For everyone saying they could trade down: you need to have someone willing to trade up and a player worth trading up for. Not sure Richardson would be that type of player and the next tier of players is fairly deep and all rated about the same.

    For as much that we think we know about the top of the draft there sure are some interesting decisions still going to be made.

  55. truthserum4u says: Mar 25, 2012 3:45 PM

    If the Rams really want Blackmon that badly why wouldn’t they trade up with Minnesota instead of Cleveland? Especially after Holmgren roasted them for the RGIII trade. They would then essentially get two #1s for moving down one spot and assuring themselves of securing the op rated player at a spot they desperately need.

    Since the Browns already have Thomas at LT I would really question if they would take Kalil for two reasons. First, Kalil doesn’t have the desired power teams typically look for in a RT. Second, RT is not a position valued enough to be selected in the top ten of a draft. Two have been taken in the past dozen drafts: Levi Brown & Mike Williams (Andre Smith was considered a candidate for either tackle spot). And how did those work out? They should get their RT a little later in the draft for the appropriate value.

    Maybe the Vikings are putting out signals they’re willing to trade down so they can swap with the Bowns, Bucs or Rams; get an additional pick and still get Kalil.

    Like I said, there still could be some drama at the top of this draft.

  56. ramitbaby says: Mar 25, 2012 4:03 PM

    “I swear I will be so p/o’d if we draft Blackmon. We gave up 40 points to the freaking Jags! ”

    You also gave up 48 to San Francisco, 37 to Houston and 38 and 48 to Carolina.

    …but it was Freeman’s fault you guys sucked.

  57. muckfodell says: Mar 25, 2012 6:29 PM

    waltdog says:

    “And my SKINS will the QB of the future. God love the Browns for being sooooo cheap.”

    Or your SKINS for being soooo stupid.

    Give it a few years and we’ll find out.

  58. brownsfan5505 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:06 PM

    Browns need to draft best available player and thats claiborne…..we are in a pass first league and having two pro bowl caliber corners will make are defense better therefore resulting in better field position for our offense…. Then at 22 you look at drafting a wr or rb and then again somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd rd addressing wr or rb whatever position they dont draft at22

  59. mrfrostyj says: Mar 25, 2012 8:16 PM

    I agree with many of the comments stating the Browns either take Blackmon or trade the pick to St. Louis. Either way Cleveland wins as they’re either starting the season with two 1st round corners on what was already one of the best passing defenses in the NFL or they have their own version of what the Cardinals had with Bolden and Fitzgerald with Blackmon and Greg Little. If anything St. Louis NEEDS Blackmon way more than Cleveland. Their 1st overall pick QB is not playing up to his draft spot because of that “offense”. He’s looking up at Colt McCoy in stats who was picked 2 ENTIRE ROUNDS LATER.

  60. mrfrostyj says: Mar 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    @truthserum4u says:

    You also forgot the very Joe Thomas you mentioned before who has made the pro bowl every year he’s been in the league. Cleveland has a history of trading down in the draft. Minnesota doesn’t. That’s enough of a reason to try to buy off the Browns #4 pick as they would be much more willing and want less.

  61. dswan3199 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:16 PM

    Honestly… With the Browns needs I think we should call the Rams and trade the 4 for the 6th and one of the 2nds they have… It would lock them for Blackmon to pair with bradford. Tampa still gets richardson. Browns get Claiborne witch I think will happen if the browns still stay at 4… they SHOULD draft Claiborne…
    Why I say that… Claiborne is the only player I think will be Elite. Richardson and Blackmon are good but I cant see them being the AP or Megatron of their position… I can see Claiborne becoming a Revis at his position… Pair him and Haden we COULD have 2 top 5 CB’s of the NFL and that would free up the front 7 to go after the running game more… Draft Hill at 22 and a RB in the 2nd…. or 3rd where we can… No I dont think we can roll with Hardesty and Obinaowa but I cant afford to gamble on a player who was shut down by LSU in both games… IMJ

  62. bucingnasty says: Mar 25, 2012 11:19 PM

    lol dswan……joe haden a top 5 CB? lets get real say what u want about aqib tailb im not a fan of his personal life nor do i think majority of ppl are but he is hands down a better CB and hes not a top 5 CB

  63. realkelevra says: Mar 26, 2012 1:02 AM

    “Getting Trent Richardson would be a 2-for-1 deal.
    1. You get one of the best RBs in the NFL to move the sticks, put points on the board and help your suspect defense by keeping them off the field.
    2. You take pressure off your QB and give him time to develop.

    You folks who continuously claim: “You can find an RB anywhere” forget that the Bucs had an alleged guy like that in LeGarrette Blount. They quickly found the difference between a guy who can just put up good numbers playing RB in a 16 game season (you only have to average 65 yards a game to get to 1000 yards) and having a special talent that makes his offense and team better.

    Also, a lot of the teams that “find” these RBs later in the draft have excellent QBs like Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers etc. Richardson, who put up huge numbers against SEC defenses despite no passing game, makes a lot more sense than the latest product of those Big 12 spread offenses (Justin Blackmon today, see Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin yesterday, plus guys like Dez Bryant and Mark Clayton).

    Richardson could rush for 1600 yards and 12 TDs a season, and give more single coverages for the Bucs’ average WRs to work against. It would be idiotic to pass him up just to maintain some “we don’t want to give no stinking RBs any money” nonsense.”

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    ^This except for the Browns. I am tired of hearing crap about RBs on the cheap. They can be had in later rounds. Oh yeah? Then why is Richardson projected 4-6? Anyone wanna wager he doesn’t make it out of the first round? The top 10? Past the Bucs?

    Take that “it’s a passing league crap n flush it”. It’s a league where you can draft elite prospects at positions of need affordibly now.

    And that’s exactly what the Browns need to do. Take the best skill player on offense @ #4. That is so blatantly obvious that it’s Richardson.

    Someone said it’s a deep RB draft. Yeah? After T-Rich, it’s a grand canyon drop off. You know where it’s really deep at? WR. That’s where the Browns should spend pick 22.

  64. realkelevra says: Mar 26, 2012 1:03 AM

    “Getting Trent Richardson would be a 2-for-1 deal.
    1. You get one of the best RBs in the NFL to move the sticks, put points on the board and help your suspect defense by keeping them off the field.
    2. You take pressure off your QB and give him time to develop.

    “You can find an RB anywhere” forget that the Bucs had an alleged guy like that in LeGarrette Blount. They quickly found the difference between a guy who can just put up good numbers playing RB in a 16 game season (you only have to average 65 yards a game to get to 1000 yards) and having a special talent that makes his offense and team better.

    Also, a lot of the teams that “find” these RBs later in the draft have excellent QBs like Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers etc. Richardson, who put up huge numbers against SEC defenses despite no passing game, makes a lot more sense than the latest product of those Big 12 spread offenses (Justin Blackmon today, see Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin yesterday, plus guys like Dez Bryant and Mark Clayton).

    Richardson could rush for 1600 yards and 12 TDs a season, and give more single coverages for the Bucs’ average WRs to work against. It would be idiotic to pass him up just to maintain some “we don’t want to give no stinking RBs any money” nonsense.”

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    ^This except for the Browns. I am tired of hearing crap about RBs on the cheap. They can be had in later rounds. Oh yeah? Then why is Richardson projected 4-6? Anyone wanna wager he doesn’t make it out of the first round? The top 10? Past the Bucs?

    Take that “it’s a passing league crap n flush it”. It’s a league where you can draft elite prospects at positions of need affordibly now.

    And that’s exactly what the Browns need to do. Take the best skill player on offense @ #4. That is so blatantly obvious that it’s Richardson.

    Someone said it’s a deep RB draft. Yeah? After T-Rich, it’s a grand canyon drop off. You know where it’s really deep at? WR. That’s where the Browns should spend pick 22.

  65. applecool1981 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:14 AM

    ugk612 says: Mar 25, 2012 10:28 AM

    “Minnesota is going to throw a curve ball… watch for it!”

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    Yes; it’s called trading the pick.

  66. applecool1981 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:30 AM

    commishroger says: Mar 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    “Things will be shaken up a bit when the league nullify’s the Redskin’s 1st round pick in punishment for Gregg William’s. Vikings will move to #2–Who will trade up? And for how much?”

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    Maybe you wrote this before it was reported that the league found no proof of Bounty Systems in any other of Greg Williams’ coached teams. However, you still must have not payed attention to the other punishments that were draft pick based. The Patriots in Spygate were only deprived of their original 1st round pick, instead of the significantly better 1st round pick; I think it was number 7 that they received in a trade the previous year.

    From the standard the NFL set in the past, they won’t take a pick that a team obtained from another team, so that rules that out; I guess the NFL could take away the Redskins original number one, voiding the trade with the Rams, and giving them back their number two pick.

    Before you begin thinking that this is similar to what you had said and believe that it’s going to happen, the biggest offenders of this transgressions were the Saints; no team committed the amount of fouls like they did. When it came to draft pick forfeitures, they only lost their seconds for this and next year. The Redskins’ punishment would’ve not been more harsh.

    So are you a stupid Cowboys fan or are you wishing that your team could land RG III?

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