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Browns could be plotting to snag a tackle

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When Browns G.M. Ray Farmer openly gushed about receiver Sammy Watkins, it became clear that Farmer hopes someone takes Watkins before the Browns pick at No. 4 — unless Farmer has gone next level with his smokescreening.

Assuming Farmer was engaging in a more basic misdirection, the question becomes who do the Browns want, if they don’t want a wideout?

Despite a glaring need at quarterback, the Browns could be planning to take a tackle.  Even with Joe Thomas anchored on the left side and center Alex Mack in place at big money for the next two years, Super Bowl XLVIII established conclusively the importance of having quality pass blockers on each side of the line.  The idea of the right tackle being more of a road-grading run blocker than an athletic bookend to the blind-side protector could be on the verge of becoming obsolete.

So that puts the Browns in play for Greg Robinson (pictured), Jake Matthews, or Taylor Lewan.  And it could mean that two or three tackles could be gone by the time the Raiders pick at No. 5, just like last year when three of the first four picks were tackles.

Then, the Browns can draft their next quarterback with the 26th pick in round one — or perhaps trade back up into the teens to get him.

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  1. middletestament says: May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    They want Mike Evans.

  2. PFT's Acclaimed Philosopher says: May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    Let the speculation continue…

  3. wackyjag says: May 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    Sooooo sick of this draft talk, way to long I’m almost losing interest…..LETS GO ALREADY!!!!!!

  4. gbfanforever says: May 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    Ugh, who freakin cares about these who’s drafting who stories already! The nfl has officially driven my interest out of the draft completely.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: May 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    They could want Watkins very much but know that if he does go off the board then that would give them either Mack or Clowney or the first QB off the board. So Watkins could be the 4th man on their overall board and thus the top candidate to promote to hope to get one of their top 3.

  6. wawa33 says: May 4, 2014 8:58 PM

    Fidel Goodell made a big mistake delaying this draft. I agree with wackyjag. Enough with the draft talk. Just HAVE THE DRAFT ALREADY

  7. ytownjoe says: May 4, 2014 8:58 PM

    Best article I’ve read all day.

  8. trebor64 says: May 4, 2014 8:58 PM

    Mistake for NFL to delay draft. Losing interest
    along with others.

  9. raiderapologist says: May 4, 2014 9:01 PM

    gbfanforever says: May 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    Ugh, who freakin cares about these who’s drafting who stories already! The nfl has officially driven my interest out of the draft completely.
    ————
    The stories are lame, but come Thursday night, the ratings will be solid. Vote with your remote. If the ratings are down, this experiment will end. As for me, I will be watching. Sorry.

  10. chaseutley says: May 4, 2014 9:02 PM

    Matthews at 4, a QB at 26, a WR like Latimer in the early 2nd, and suddenly the Browns offense would look pretty promising.

  11. campcouch says: May 4, 2014 9:08 PM

    I was going to rage but then I realized that the draft was days away. I’ll troll the police blotter.

  12. deerhuntinfool71 says: May 4, 2014 9:10 PM

    As a browns fan i would really be pissed if this happened. Even though i know both lines need to be stong to compete in the nfl, im not using the 4 th pick on oline. I think trade back a few spots maybe then draft manziel then move up slightly if you have to and take his old teamate mike evans. Then probably a corner is our next biggest need. Then running back.

  13. tedmurph says: May 4, 2014 9:10 PM

    Why are people sick of draft talk and speculation? That’s the fun part. A lot of rehash and guesswork maybe, but do you just want to see the last 5 mins of a movie or read the last page of a book. The fun is trying to guess what’s gonna happen. Especially in the most wide open draft I can remember. If this bores you, stop reading all the posts and commenting that you’re bored.

  14. bassplucker says: May 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    Why would any team spend a Top 5 pick on a guy to play right tackle? Other than 3 teams doing that last year, of course.

  15. hummer53 says: May 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    Getting kind of tired of all the Brownie yapping. The draft can’t get here soon enough.

  16. bennyb82 says: May 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    Draft another top OL and they might just start hiking it and falling forward.

  17. bartpkelly says: May 4, 2014 9:17 PM

    Super Bowl XLVIII established conclusively the importance of having quality pass blockers on each side of the line.????

    No, it didn’t! Russell Wilson was sacked the same number of times Seattle sacked opponents that year I believe. He was running for his life throughout the year.

  18. wryly1 says: May 4, 2014 9:18 PM

    I sure hope not for Browns sake. They already have two all-pro OL taken in Rd1 and it hasn’t resulted in more than 4-5 wins a year.

  19. staffordsyear says: May 4, 2014 9:18 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: May 4, 2014 8:56 PM

    They could want Watkins very much but know that if he does go off the board then that would give them either Mack or Clowney or the first QB off the board. So Watkins could be the 4th man on their overall board and thus the top candidate to promote to hope to get one of their top 3.

    Go play with your legos.

  20. bartpkelly says: May 4, 2014 9:19 PM

    The Superbowl winning team was the team who couldn’t protect their QB throughout they year.

  21. catquick says: May 4, 2014 9:19 PM

    with the qbs they got, they are 5-11 at best. Better get a qb, quick

  22. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2014 9:24 PM

    The browns select their next QB and in the 2015 draft the browns select their NEXT QB.

  23. bcboncs says: May 4, 2014 9:25 PM

    Why would any organization invest that heavily in two Left Tackles? I understand you can play one as a Right Tackle but you can get a great RT down at the end of round 1.

    I hope this is not the case and instead Florio is just bored, needing something to write.

  24. bcajun says: May 4, 2014 9:30 PM

    They need any kind of help they can get

  25. louiedogg16 says: May 4, 2014 9:40 PM

    I’m predicting it now, the Browns trade up to #2 and draft a running back

  26. firstdownpunt says: May 4, 2014 9:47 PM

    The browns could be plotting to do a lot of things. As could any team. Unfortunately, we have to listen to another four days of speculations.

  27. klroot says: May 4, 2014 9:57 PM

    I remember being stationed in Okinawa in 1981, was very hard to get state side news, let alone any Brown’s news, Sports Illustrated came to the PX, and I remember reading,” the same old Brown’s, they aren’t going far, still have the’ BLUE PLATE SPECIAL’ for an offensive line.” Seems to have been that way since Model fired the great Paul Brown. Let the Brown’s have a premier line

  28. earz4lsu says: May 4, 2014 10:00 PM

    When ever I read about Johnny Manizel, I keep thinking about Tim tebow. Sure he was a heisman winner and a runner, but Manziel is smaller. Running Qb’s don’t last long. every year we see the new version of NFL QB’s only to see them get broke down before they reach the promised land.

    Russell Wilson, was a fluke because he played with a stellar defense this year. What did he really do in the super bowl. Nothing. A few nice throws and a few runs but other than that nothing to write home about.

    If that defense was not forcing Denver to punt deep from their territory and setting up wilson on the 40 every stinking drive things could have been different. Add to that the 16 points they put on the board.

    Now what will the browns do in the upcoming draft. My guess take Mike Evans at 4. yes it may be a little high I have seen him between 7 and 11, but with Evans, Gordon and Cameron you have a nice WR corp. At 26 I would look to move up and grab denard the CB. Pair him up with Haden and there is another Legion of Boom in the AFC.

    I would then come back in the second round and snag a RB like Jeremy Hill. I believe Hoyer could be a decent QB and the Seachicks proved you don’t have to have manning to win a super bowl if your defense is loaded and you can run the ball.

  29. jscruisen says: May 4, 2014 10:01 PM

    You mean they’res an NFL Draft scheduled this week? I haven’t heard a thing about it!
    Then let me suggest two different Brown’s Beat Writers to replace Grossi & Cabot! Would be our best draft in years!

    /

  30. NoobTubeTV says: May 4, 2014 10:08 PM

    We could also want a punter… it has been the most used position in Cleveland since 1999.

    I’ve had enough of the speculative garbage.

  31. bensstinkyfingers says: May 4, 2014 10:16 PM

    Until Goodell calls a name it’s up in the air, every “expert” has an opinion. The only ones that know how it will go down are the ones sitting in Berea OH. in browns headquarters. My “expert’ speculation is #4 Watkins, #26 Carr, #35 Hyde. that would make me a happy browns fan, and would be a nightmare for opposing defenses. Make it happen Big Ray!

  32. crabbies2013 says: May 4, 2014 10:16 PM

    Smokescreen to entice a trade down to teams such as Atlanta and Oakland

  33. coloradofort says: May 4, 2014 10:19 PM

    Another 4 days of nonsense articles await……enjoy

  34. catfanatic1979v1 says: May 4, 2014 10:21 PM

    The teams are putting up smokescreens but so much of the smoke is media created that it far outweighs what the teams are putting out there.

  35. ztm54 says: May 4, 2014 10:23 PM

    the draft will not make change in Cleveland. Obama’s already tried that. However, #4 pick will take the attention away from mass kidnappers, lakes on fire, and downtown construction since 1968. Hey by way, there’s great artwork in Clevelnad

  36. robgilman says: May 4, 2014 10:33 PM

    I heard they also could be looking to draft a qb, a linebacker, a defensive end, or a receiver. However that could all change by tomorrow.

  37. bornahawker says: May 4, 2014 10:34 PM

    1) Hou- Clowney
    2)Stl- Mack
    3) Jax- Robinson
    4) Cle- Matthews
    5) Oak- Watkins

    Lock it in! Done!

  38. joewilliesshnoz says: May 4, 2014 10:49 PM

    This draft is make or break, again, for the Browns.

  39. thefiesty1 says: May 4, 2014 10:52 PM

    NO CLUE, as usual!

  40. sparty0n says: May 4, 2014 11:07 PM

    Stay away from Lewan. Lewan = Richie Incognito Jr

  41. eezyxyz says: May 4, 2014 11:08 PM

    “…Super Bowl XLVIII established conclusively the importance of having quality pass blockers on each side of the line.”

    Really!? …wow, that’s an incredibly strong statement to make. I can think of so many other things that were more obvious from the Superbowl that I don’t even know which way round you mean this … are you saying Denver lost because their pass-blocking at RT was inadequate or that the key to Seattle’s win was their great pass protection at the RT position?

  42. surigaostraits says: May 4, 2014 11:14 PM

    SMOKESCREEN !!!!, cause Schwartz rates very good by a number of agencies who analyze every play

  43. 4512dawg4512 says: May 4, 2014 11:18 PM

    Finally some good news! That O-line let Weeden get hurt and then Campbell as well. Hoyer got himself hurt but three QB’s down in one season… We need O-line help.. It’s a weak QB class this year, lets fix the O-line and other positions and draft a QB next year, 2015 = much better QB class

  44. elranchotropicana says: May 4, 2014 11:18 PM

    Saw Kosar at the AA meeting-he says browns take jerry ricecakes if he’s still on the board

  45. catfanatic1979v1 says: May 4, 2014 11:36 PM

    RB’s get devalued but RT’s are seeing their value go up. I love it. The men in the trenches need more lovin from GM’s. It is about time!

  46. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 4, 2014 11:45 PM

    Going “next level” is simply using reverse psychology — it’s illustrated quite well in the children’s tale Br’er Rabbit.

  47. edavidberg says: May 5, 2014 12:28 AM

    I love that teams are smarting up and hiding their intentions. Fewer GMs are as dumb as Mike Holmgren was when he let his Richardson love leak so that Minnesota could fleece him for a draft pick and still get the All Pro tackle they wanted all along.

    There is no reason for a team to be leaking accurate information.

  48. donovandancy says: May 5, 2014 2:32 AM

    Lol, no. They want Manziel, and they don’t want anyone trading up to #2 for him. PArticulalry not TB.

  49. daburgher says: May 5, 2014 6:30 AM

    delaying the draft is bad for the league, media, and fans especially… i think people are seriously fed up and if the NFL keeps on changing and changing, I think Mark Cuban may be on to something

  50. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 5, 2014 6:44 AM

    If the Browns dont take Watkins at 4 and he is available, they are clueless

  51. coachbeck says: May 5, 2014 7:42 AM

    It’s probably the guy no one is talking about.

    Browns can’t develop anyone. Do they are gonna take the tackle who needs the most development ?

    In the end it’s probably carr or Evans

  52. SAV says: May 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    I got the Browns taking Khalil Mack, Mike Pettine needs a leader on that defense.

  53. skins2357 says: May 5, 2014 8:02 AM

    I think the Browns pull off a draft day deal for Cousins. With that OL and their offensive weapons, the Browns could be pretty good on offense…..as long as boy wonder Shanny stays away from his dad

  54. campcouch says: May 5, 2014 9:07 AM

    They should draft a beer.

  55. southpaw2k says: May 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    And they could in play to draft Jack Bauer as well.

  56. stonefish67 says: May 5, 2014 10:09 AM

    Clueless as usual.
    Get a QB or a WR.
    Come on, get real

  57. broncosbrowns says: May 5, 2014 10:19 AM

    Drafting a tackle at 4 would be the stupidest thing the Browns have done in a long time, and they’ve done some pretty stupid things.

  58. root4cleveland says: May 5, 2014 11:56 AM

    Not gonna happen.

  59. Matt dog from C-town says: May 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    Would be the most logical solution if Clowney, Mack, and Watkins are off the table unless they want to gamble on Manziel.

  60. thewizardofbs says: May 5, 2014 12:14 PM

    Once the NFL realizes that the NBA playoffs are on they will probably postpone the draft till June. Can someone call them and tell them?

  61. anygvnsunday says: May 5, 2014 12:27 PM

    I actually think this makes a lot of sense. The lack of production and effectiveness of the O line has been completely overlooked to date. Okay, so you’ve got Joe Thomas and Alex Mack…but how many penalties did Thomas commit late in games last year ruining crucial momentum? And how many times does he get beat and over-taken by D-linemen? Often. Pro-bowl attendance isn’t just about production on the field (where he has been “adequate” but certainly not outstanding). These guys can also lobby with their friends, other players, and community to vote them in. And from what I understand, Mr. Thomas is a master at campaigning come voting time.

    I feel like Joe Thomas is the “face of the Browns” because he’s one of the only players who’s been consistently present on the roster over the last several years. But, a future Hall of Famer he is not.

    The O-line is a HUGE problem with this franchise and there will be little success for this club without addressing this issue.

  62. hotep999 says: May 5, 2014 12:44 PM

    ^ I’m thinking something like a, “Why We Waited” thread haha!

  63. 2qswing says: May 5, 2014 12:54 PM

    Joe Thomas is a first ballot HOFer. You do realize all his Pro bowl appearances are voted by players and coaches right. This isn’t like MLB where the idiot fans vote for guys who haven’t even played the entire year.
    “master at campaigning”? He’s the most humble pro athlete I’ve ever met.
    He had 4 more penalties than he had the previous year. big deal! Typical Cleveland. You have a top-level talent and procede to rip him because he’s not perfect.

  64. Matt dog from C-town says: May 5, 2014 1:07 PM

    In other news , the 49ers are shopping their head coach to move up in the first round…

  65. drunkadamschefter says: May 6, 2014 6:39 AM

    Browns should go Manziel at #4 then come up from 26 to somewhere in the teens to grab Evans or OBJ. Offense would look nice then.

  66. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 6, 2014 2:35 PM

    i remember when everyone was upset that we drafted joe thomas instead of brady quinn, even though we traded back into the first round to get quinn too… thomas ended up being our best draft pick in a long time.

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