Thursday, April 25, 2013
Hard to pin down what Browns will do
By Jamison Hensley
Based on all of the speculation in the last 12 hours, it's apparent that no one knows what the Cleveland Browns will do in this draft. Talk spans from the Browns taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith to trading most of their picks to move up for BYU pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah.
This has been an intriguing half-day of varying scenarios for a Browns team that many had pegged at staying at No. 6 and selecting Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
Here's a recap of some of the reports, speculation and prediction surrounding the Browns:
- Multiple sources told Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports that the Browns could possibly trade up to the Oakland Raiders' No. 3 spot. Silver believes the Browns are targeting Ansah. To move up three places, the Browns would have to give up most of their remaining picks. Cleveland is already without a second-round pick because it selected wide receiver Josh Gordon last year in the supplemental draft. When asked at the NFL owners meeting last month if the Browns could trade up, owner Jimmy Haslam said, "I think that’s doubtful."
- In their latest mock drafts Wednesday, NFL Network draft analyst and Sports Illustrated's Peter King both have the Browns taking Smith, the consensus No. 1 quarterback in the draft. "There are quarterbacks in this draft that are intriguing," chief executive officer Joe Banner said at last week's pre-draft news conference.
- The Browns are "seriously considering" a trade for Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. It would likely be a middle-round pick for Bess, who caught 61 passes for 778 yards and one touchdown last season.
What would I do if I were the Browns? I would sit at No. 6 to see if Jordan falls. If Jordan is gone, I would try to trade down, especially if San Diego (No. 11) or Miami (No. 12) wants to move up to get an offensive tackle. If there was no viable trade and Jordan is off the board, the logical pick is Milliner despite the concern over the past surgeries (LSU pass-rusher Barkevious Mingo is also reportedly high on the Browns' list). In the end, the Browns need a cornerback and Milliner is the top-rated one.