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Fourth pick expected to come down to Blackmon, Richardson

Tom Heckert, Pat Shurmur, Mike Holmgren AP

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are expected to be drafted first and second overall, respectively, by the Colts and Redskins. USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is the heavy favorite to be picked third by the Vikings.

The NFL draft is expected to get interesting at the fourth pick, when the Cleveland Browns go on the clock. Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke down the Browns’ options in a Sunday column.

Manoloff considers Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill an “unlikely” option for Cleveland at No. 4, arguing that he wouldn’t beat out incumbent starter Colt McCoy in a camp battle and Tannehill’s “highlight reel lacks ‘wow factor’ throws.”

Manoloff’s article doesn’t rule out a trade down from No. 4, but calls LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne a “doubtful” pick at four. Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer also has the Browns passing on Claiborne, instead eyeing an offensive playmaker.

The Plain Dealer calls Alabama running back Trent Richardson an “entirely possible” No. 4 selection, and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon “conceivable.” Cabot’s mock has the Browns picking Blackmon.

So if the newspaper that covers the Browns most closely is correct, Mike Holmgren’s team will be using a first-round pick on an offensive skill-position player for the first time since 2007 (Brady Quinn). Cleveland hasn’t used its first pick in a draft on a skill player since 2005 (Braylon Edwards).

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34 Responses to “Fourth pick expected to come down to Blackmon, Richardson”
  1. cush2push says: Apr 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Wouldbe a interesting twist if they take Blackmon over Richardson bucs would most likely take claiborne leaving a fewmore trade partners for the rams

  2. trbowman says: Apr 8, 2012 4:03 PM

    “Manoloff considers Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill an “unlikely” option for Cleveland at No. 4, arguing that he wouldn’t beat out incumbent starter Colt McCoy in a camp battle and Tannehill’s “highlight reel lacks ‘wow factor’ throws.””

    Manoloff either hasn’t watched enough of Tannehill, or he just doesn’t understand what he’s watching.

    He wouldn’t beat out McCoy….hahaha, good one. That camp battle would be over before it even began.

    It’s no wonder this franchise hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.

    Happy easter PFT planet, by the way.

  3. makhan250 says: Apr 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    Thank God.

  4. wipackman1265 says: Apr 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    Do not take Tannehill. Trade down !!!!!

  5. chawk12thman says: Apr 8, 2012 4:27 PM

    I wonder if they will ultimately trade up from 22 and take both….

  6. suite34 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    I’m not a fan of drafting RBs high, but if you feel that Richardson is the second coming of AP then you draft him at 4 and take one of the second tier WRs at 22. A strong running game will help McCoy more than Blackmon.

  7. jhart615 says: Apr 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    Good. To all the Tannehill supporters, did you really ever watch his games? He quarterbacked a team ranked 8th in the country to start and led them to 6-6. C’mon that’s embarrasing.

  8. KIR says: Apr 8, 2012 5:52 PM

    Take Richardson at #4. Oh, he’s a RB and not worth the #4 pick. Question, if you knew they were going to have the careers they’ve had would you take Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden (w/o injuries), Ray Rice and Steven Jackson at #4? How many none QB’s have had more productive careers and been more productive to their teams than these players? Just because RB’s are not taken in the 1st round doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken in the first round. It’s about production.

  9. coop16 says: Apr 8, 2012 6:41 PM

    RBs are rarely taken high in the draft nowadays because (a) it’s an easy to position to fill later in the draft, and (b) the league is so dominated by passing now that the running game is an afterthought. Yeah, I know Adrian Peterson is great … his team went 3-13 this past year. Steve Jackson is great … his team also went 3-13. The Giants had the weakest rushing attack in the NFL; they won the Super Bowl. The running game just doesn’t matter these days. As a Browns fan, I’m sure Trent Richardson would be fun to watch, but would he help us win? Fans of the Vikings and Rams can supply the answer to that question.

  10. dolphins4 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:11 PM

    Cleveland plays the west coast offense which is a passing offense so if they are smart they’ll take Blackmon.

  11. avbanig33 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:21 PM

    I think the Browns could take Richardson, Blackmon or Claiborne and be happy. I do not think they should reach for Tanehill, I agree with the writer of the article and one of the other posters that Tanehill is being overrated, he isn’t worth a top 10 pick in my eyes. McCoy would keep his job, and then they’d be stuck. I think the Browns should take one of the other three, fill a need for the next decade + and then next year come back and take a franchise qb. I do not believe Tanehill is a definite franchise qb prospect like Luck and Griffin are. If Tanehill is, it would be after 2 or 3 years of more development. If you are waiting on that it means you aren’t winning while you are waiting for Tanehill to develop, especially in the afcn with the other three teams being playoff teams and they could be again this year also.

    So I’d take Richardson or Blackmon, then take Barkley, Jones, Wilson, Bray, Murray or GSmith in next years top 10.

  12. jjmaddog says: Apr 8, 2012 7:30 PM

    While I would agree that it is a pass first league, I still advocate taking the RB with the 4th pick. Here’s why, to pass downfield the QB needs time. Richardson can already pass block and buys McCoy time to throw downfield. Add a WR at #22 and a real Tackle for the right side at #37, and maybe this team can finally move the chains. At the same time, you now have a real threat out of the backfield. Just hoping that with 13 picks the Browns can get past the 8 win mark this year. I think McCoy gets this year, but he could be on a short leash come week 9

  13. theytukrjobs says: Apr 8, 2012 7:33 PM

    Really it would be hard to argue with either pick. Blackmon lacks the height and/or speed of a normal top 5 WR pick but he was soooo good in college it is hard to overlook him. Richardson is more of a sure fire NFL stud RB but with the rule changes benefiting the passing game over the years the league really is shifting to pass first and run up the score, so some might doubt the logic in taking any RB top 10 regardless.

  14. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 8, 2012 7:42 PM

    Kudos to the Brownies if the pass on Tannehill. It’d be a stretch to draft him so high- and a panic move. Let Miami panic and make the move instead.

  15. pacodawg says: Apr 8, 2012 7:44 PM

    TR is the obvious pick here. There wa no attempt to resign Hillis, and no way they go with Hardesty and a second tier back this year. TR is a beast, and people get all caught up in nonsense about drafting for other needs. TR fills a huge void, maybe is the best player in the draft, and is a can’t miss talent.

  16. kingfish4242 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:48 PM

    coop16 says:
    Apr 8, 2012 6:41 PM
    RBs are rarely taken high in the draft nowadays because (a) it’s an easy to position to fill later in the draft, and (b) the league is so dominated by passing now that the running game is an afterthought. Yeah, I know Adrian Peterson is great … his team went 3-13 this past year. Steve Jackson is great … his team also went 3-13. The Giants had the weakest rushing attack in the NFL; they won the Super Bowl. The running game just doesn’t matter these days. As a Browns fan, I’m sure Trent Richardson would be fun to watch, but would he help us win? Fans of the Vikings and Rams can supply the answer to that question.

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    Not sure why you’ve got 3 thumbs down,but you’re spot on.

    Giants,Packers,and Saints have won the last three super bowls. None had what
    I’d call a dominant RB.

    I’m still not sure why my Saints traded up for Ingram last year. I believe they simply overreacted to Ivory,Thomas,and Bush suffering injuries that kept them out of several games last year.

    In my opinion, the Browns should take Blackmon.

  17. kingfish4242 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:54 PM

    jjmaddog says:
    Apr 8, 2012 7:30 PM
    While I would agree that it is a pass first league, I still advocate taking the RB with the 4th pick. Here’s why, to pass downfield the QB needs time. Richardson can already pass block and buys McCoy time to throw downfield. Add a WR at #22 and a real Tackle for the right side at #37, and maybe this team can finally move the chains. At the same time, you now have a real threat out of the backfield. Just hoping that with 13 picks the Browns can get past the 8 win mark this year. I think McCoy gets this year, but he could be on a short leash come week 9

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    Good points,but the problem here is there are only 2 Wr’s worth a first rd grade. Those are Blackmon and David Floyd. Those will be long gone before #22. Steven Hill has potential,but he’d be a huge reach there. I’ve become very leary of players that become quick risers simply due to combine and pro day numbers.

  18. christiandrew25 says: Apr 8, 2012 7:59 PM

    Tebow fans make me hate Tebow.

  19. sezzu says: Apr 8, 2012 8:13 PM

    Running backs are easy to pick up in later roumds. Trent Richardson isn’t ANY running back. He is head and shoulders special. He has returned kicks for TDs;he is a beast of a blocker; he is a huge pass catching threat out of the backfield(won’t be taken down by single cornerback);he Does Not Fumble. His mere presence in the backfield poses problems for other teams gameplanning. Richardson will be the next Walter Peyton.This man is a football player. He is just TOO good to pass on.As for WRs,there is no real distinction of the top 5. Browns can use 22nd pick and get a no.1 WR.

  20. birddawgs42 says: Apr 8, 2012 8:59 PM

    We should not draft a qb before the 4th sound if at all. We will not win more than 4 games next year. We have second most difficult schedule in the league, so not too soon to compare qb’s in next years draft with what is left this year. My guess is We will be in same draft slot next year so load up on offense elsewhere this year and get a top 4 pick qb next year

  21. humb0lt says: Apr 8, 2012 9:10 PM

    I wonder if the highlight reels of Joe Montana and Tom Brady lacked “wow factor” throws. Probably.

    I know the highlight reels of JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf didn’t lack “wow factor” throws.

  22. thesportsguy52 says: Apr 8, 2012 9:13 PM

    Not likely that my Ravens can trade the Browns for that pick to get Blackmon/Floyd, is it? Then again, you never know with Cleveland..

  23. discosucs2005 says: Apr 8, 2012 9:31 PM

    KIR says:
    Apr 8, 2012 5:52 PM
    Take Richardson at #4. Oh, he’s a RB and not worth the #4 pick. Question, if you knew they were going to have the careers they’ve had would you take Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden (w/o injuries), Ray Rice and Steven Jackson at #4? How many none QB’s have had more productive careers and been more productive to their teams than these players? Just because RB’s are not taken in the 1st round doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken in the first round. It’s about production.
    ____________________________________________________

    Not that I necessarily subscribe to this type of thinking, but how many of those players you listed have won or even played in a Super Bowl?

    Also, if you knew how good a player was going to be of course you would take him, but you don’t ever know for sure.

  24. mrfrostyj says: Apr 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    Manoloff has it right. At this point Tannehill being the 3rd best QB in this draft is more of a shot at the lack of QB talent in this draft than how good he is. McCoy is worst case the 2nd best QB from the 2010 draft class with regular season wins over some top name defenses (including the evil Saint’s defense) with little to no preparation as he wasn’t even supposed to play in 2010. Combine that with having middle of the road stats in 2011 with absolutely no offseason to learn a new playbook and no help from his receivers and offensive line and it’s safe to say Tannehilll wouldn’t even have a fighting chance to win the starter job in Cleveland against an unprepared Colt McCoy let alone one who’ll actually get a chance to learn an NFL playbook for the first time in his career . The Dolphins on the other hand should probably jump at the opportunity to develop the guy while David Garrard or Matt Moore holds down the fort.

  25. bgdawg43 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:00 PM

    PLEASE PLEASE stay at #4 and take Trent Richardson. Than at pick #22 take the speedy (WR) from Georgia Tech Stephen Hill. Then at 37 take a BIG offensive lineman to protect Colt in his last seasonas a Brown.Yes thats right I said it Colt is gone after this yr if not before. In rounds 4-7 we need to draft Kirk Cousins from MSU. He is young has a great arm and can read defenses coming from the Big Ten. If defenses double team Hill that would leave Little or Cribbs open down field. Richardson can block on blitz’s, can catch out of the back field and can open his own holes. We might only win 5-6 games this yr but this is the foundation for the future

  26. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 8, 2012 10:17 PM

    The Browns need to Grab Richardson at #4, He will make the biggest immediate impact in year one. If heckert tries to overthink this and trade down beyond #6 and miss out on richardson or Blackmon, I think the majority of the fanbase is going to provide alot of backlash and you will see quite a few more empty seats in browns stadium this year. Yu can’t go wrong with Blackmon, Richardson or claiborne, but T-Rich would be the biggest difference maker where this team needs most help. And what’s up with the tweets, from richardson? tweeting pic of browns draft hat, and saying brown is your favorite color is either telling fans hey I’m the pick or he’s messing with people. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out in less than 3 weeks.

  27. gb4mn0 says: Apr 8, 2012 10:23 PM

    The vikequeefs blow!

  28. dawglb says: Apr 9, 2012 12:15 AM

    Blackmon will add speed, skill and character! Please do not pass up this opportunity, Browns!

  29. fansinceshea says: Apr 9, 2012 9:16 AM

    Braylon Edwards a skill player ???

  30. bgdawg43 says: Apr 10, 2012 12:09 AM

    PLEASE PLEASE CLEVELAND whatever you do PLEASE do not pass up a guy like Trent Richardson. He is your all around back. He can block on blitz’s he can run the rock 20-25 times a game. He can catch screens out of the backfield, plus he is strong enough to make his own holes in the d-line. Here is how H&H should pick in the first round. #4 Trent Richardson #22 Stephen Hill speedy (WR) Georgia Tech. Than with the later rounds get some O- LINE Help even though this and mark my words will be Colts last season as a Brown( even if he makes it that far) and maybe a CB or OLB

  31. kosar92807 says: Apr 10, 2012 5:51 PM

    Whatever it takes to get Richardson & Floyd.

    But not David Floyd as kingfish suggests. I prefer Michael. Perfect NFL body, size & hands, and the kids not afraid to block. He’s also not afraid to drink, but that’s another issue.

  32. dawgstar777 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:35 PM

    I’m all for trading down with St. Louis to add exrta picks, but I would make sure that the Rams give me both 2nd round picks when swapping 1st rounds. I would give them one of our 4th rounds to make it work. But, I would not make the trade if it means not getting Richardson. So, the Browns would have to be 100% sure that Tampa would not take Richardson before making any trade. If the trade is made and the Browns get Richardson at #6, then I’m a very happy camper. #22 – Michael Floyd – WR if he is there otherwise: David DaCastro – OG or Jonathan Martin – OT. I think Stephen Hill – WR will be there at 33 with the Rams pick otherwise an OT. Then at 37 and 39 take two of the following: Michael Brockers – DT/DE, Robert Massey – OT, Jonthan Martin – OT, Mike Adams – OT, Zach Brown – OLB, Cody Fleener – TE, Janoris Jenkins – CB, Andre Branch – OLB.

  33. dawgstar777 says: Apr 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    The times the Browns made the playoffs in the past I remember that they had a decent RB running the ball. Pruitts, Kelly, Motley, Brown, Mack, Byner, etc. The Browns have passed on great RB’s in the past and it has gotten us nowhere. Please do not do it again, the Browns need a star like Richardson!

  34. sean222 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:32 AM

    This will be a great draft. The Browns will trade the Rams for the 6 and add a pick (Washington’s #39) and then Miami will panic on Tannahill and trade the Browns their #8 plus more to move to#6. I love that the Browns say nothing of where they are leaning.
    That senerio gives the Browns the possibility to still draft Richardson and then package a few picks and grab Floyd. They can also add a tackle in the early second round to make our offense pop this season. Draft party baby!!!

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