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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Browns slotted to take WR with Colts' pick

By Mike Wells

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first-round pick the Indianapolis Colts gave the Cleveland Browns to acquire running back Trent Richardson in September was supposed to be one that didn’t carry much weight.

Richardson was supposed to hit the ground running, forming a nice one-two punch with quarterback Andrew Luck to go with receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton and tight end Coby Fleener.

That obviously hasn’t happened because of Richardson’s slow start, Wayne’s season-ending knee injury and inconsistent play on the offensive line.

The pick the Colts traded away has more meaning now because the team needs to address the offensive line and receiver positions in the offseason.

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released the first of many mock drafts to come on Wednesday. The Browns currently have the No. 23 pick thanks to the Colts.

You might want to close your eyes or take a few breaths before you continue reading because McShay has the Browns projected to take a … no, I can’t tell you. Never mind, he has the Browns projected to take Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews.

Matthews is 6-foot-3 and coming off a season where he had 107 receptions for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns at Vanderbilt.

The Colts need help at receiver because Wayne will be 35 years old next season and coming off ACL surgery. Hilton will be back next season and Da’Rick Rogers has a chance to stick around, too, if he can stay focused off the field.

Check out what McShay said about Matthews and the rest of the mock draft.