2012 Cleveland Browns draft analysis

April, 30, 2012
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Let's break down the Cleveland Browns' 2012 draft:

FIRST-ROUND SPOTLIGHT: RB Trent Richardson and QB Brandon Weeden. The Browns made the right move to trade up to No. 3 for Richardson. Whether an actual threat existed or not, the Browns couldn't risk another team leapfrogging them for the best playmaker in this draft outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. As far as Weeden, my biggest problem is taking him at No. 22. The Browns could've traded back in the first round and still got Weeden along with an extra pick. But, if Weeden becomes the franchise quarterback, it doesn't really matter where the Browns picked him.

IN HINDSIGHT: The Browns had targeted Baylor's Kendall Wright as one of the top-tier wide receivers in this draft. Cleveland would've had Wright if it moved up three spots in front of the Titans, who picked Wright at No. 20. Under that scenario, the Browns could have taken Weeden at No. 37 or moved back into the first round for him.

BEST VALUE: OT Mitchell Schwartz, California. Some might say this was a bit of a reach because Schwartz was considered a third-round pick (that was my initial reaction as well). But I think this pick will look much better five years from now than it did Friday. The Browns filled their biggest need with the best natural right tackle prospect in this draft. He's physical and has good bloodlines (his brother Geoff played guard for four years with the Panthers before signing with the Vikings this year).

TOP LATE-ROUND PICKUP: DL Billy Winn, Boise State. The second-round prospect fell to the sixth round because of concerns about his work ethic. He has the size to play defensive tackle and the speed to play defensive end. As a three-year starter, Winn recorded 105 tackles and 13 sacks.

SOMEONE WHO DIDN'T LIKE THIS DRAFT: Colt McCoy. The Browns used the 22nd overall pick on a 28-year-old quarterback. That signals the end of McCoy's run as the team's starting quarterback. McCoy never had the arm to be a starter in this league, but he has a lot of intangibles that impress you. He could find his niche as the backup.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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