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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Browns finally pick and decide on Alex Mack

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- The first pick of the Eric Mangini era is a center?

After stockpiling three additional picks and three players along the way, the Cleveland Browns finally selected University of California center Alex Mack with the No. 21 overall pick in the NFL draft.

The Browns definitely coveted draft picks more than any particular player because they want to infuse new energy into their roster. Cleveland traded the No. 5 pick to the New York Jets, then shipped the No. 17 pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and finally the No. 19 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Although Mack is considered by some to be the best center in the draft, taking him at No. 21 could be considered a reach. Mack also was a target of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals late in the first round and early in the second round. Mack said he expected to be selected somewhere in the range of No. 20 on the high end and No. 40 on the low end.

Mack will compete with current starter Hank Fraley at center and has versatility to play guard as well.