Cleveland Browns NFL Draft Preview


It’s NFL Draft season and once again the Cleveland Browns are picking in the top ten. And once again they have plenty of needs. In a more pass-happy league, they require more true pass-rushers for the newly installed 4-3.

Not to mention help in the secondary and a real wideout to pair with QB Colt McCoy, a very nice mid-round surprise last year.

Here’s what I have mocked to them in the first three rounds

By Paul M. Banks

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6. Cleveland Browns Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina

Quinn is like Miami’s Allen Bailey, Pitt’s Greg Romeus and Texas’ Sam Acho, collegiate defensive ends who could likely find themselves playing a linebacker position in the NFL; all dependent on scheme. Except Quinn is much more talented and doesn’t have the question marks of the other prospects. He’ll fit in well in Cleveland; who’s defensive front often looks like a monster, surrounded by a bunch of elves.


5. Cleveland Browns, Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona

Reed had a great combine; and his quick first step and his explosiveness has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews; high praise indeed.


6. Cleveland Browns, Will Rackley, OL, Lehigh

A dominant force for Lehigh, he looked not like an FCS offensive lineman but a future NFL starter. Rackley made 40 consecutive starts to end his four-year career, the final three at left tackle after starting at right guard as a freshman.

For the whole first round mock draft go here

And the second round! go here to check that out.

Round three here

For our 2012 Mock Draft go here

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports , a Midwest webzine. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

He does a regular guest spot each week for Chicagoland Sports You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank and Facebook

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