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Browns are better off staying at 4

Posted on: April 15, 2012 12:06 pm
Trading down is a bad idea

Some Browns fans seem comfortable with the idea of trading down. Trading down is a bit of a gamble right now.

First off, why should the Browns pass up on both Justin Blackmon and Trent Richardson? If the Browns trade to the sixth overall pick with the Rams, they will certainly lose out on Justin Blackmon. Also, Tampa Bay would have to select Trent Richardson at number five. Why would they pass up on him after a Browns' blunder?

The Browns need big time playmakers and that's why there haven't given much thought into trading down. Tom Heckert mentioned he is considering trading down but it doesn't seem he's giving the impression that he wants to trade down. The Philadelphia Eagles weren't able to talk the Browns into it. It is doubtful the Browns had the number 15 pick in mind anyway.

The case for Blackmon

If there is any shot for Colt McCoy to develop into a good quarterback this year, he must have an elite target to throw to. Now, without seeing Blackmon on a NFL field, no one can claim he is elite just yet. However, he has the potential to be an elite receiver. He caught 113 passes for 1,337 yards and 15 touchdowns last season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He would be a welcome addition to pair up with Greg Little, who dropped way too many passes.

The Browns are expected to draft two receivers this year. Blackmon could potentially pair up with former Wisconsin Badger Nick Toon should the Browns want another explosive receiver as a solid number two option just ahead of Greg Little. The best option could be to draft two receivers in the first round, pairing up Blackmon with Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, or Alshon Jeffery.

The NFL has turned into a passing league. Just ask the Manning brothers.

The case for Richardson

Some NFL fans in general doubt that Blackmon is elite right now. They don't think he is on the level of A.J. Green who racked up 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns. The scouting report on Richardson is that he can bowl tacklers over like they're bowling pins, has explosive speed and power, and can be used in the passing game. It's really hard to pass up on a running back with such impressive skills.

He can take a lot of pressure off McCoy and dominate the game on the ground and through the air. Passing up on him is about as tough as passing up on lemonade or iced tea on a hot summer day.


Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: April 23, 2012 6:22 pm

Browns are better off staying at 4

The Browns are terrible.No matter who they take at 4 they still will be 5-11 next year because Colt McCoy is not the answer.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2012 12:36 pm

Browns are better off staying at 4

I'm fine with Blackmon or Richardson at #4

Do you think Weedon will last until the 37th pick? I am not sure that he will.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2012 12:34 pm
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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: April 18, 2012 9:08 am

Browns are better off staying at 4

Justin Blackmon would certainly add the quality receiver that would help Colt McCoy develop into a better passer. So would some healthy competition at quarterback. So, in the second round, the Browns select Justin Blackmon's passing partner at Oklahoma State, Quarterback Brandon Weeden. They are used to working together. They know each other. They would make an immediate impact. And who knows, maybe Weeden could even beat out McCoy for the starting position. Just speculation, of course.

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