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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cleveland Browns will survive missed trade

As reported first by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports the Washington Redskins trade with the St. Louis Rams for the 2nd pick in the 2012 NFL draft. The compensation was extreme with a swap of 1st and the Redskins second round pick this year. The Rams also will receive the Redskins first round picks in 2013 and 2014.  The reports are mixed as to what the Cleveland Browns offered but it doesn't matter on two fronts. The Redskins were not going to be outbid by the Browns or anyone else and the deal is already done...time to move on. The next move is in the hands of the Minnesota Vikings who hold the third overall pick and are now on the clock. The Vikings are rumored to want to the tackle out of USC at 3 which would allow the Cleveland Browns to take Justin Blackmon. If things play out this way the Browns will have several options at pick 22. They can take another wide receiver, a quarterback, or trade back. An possible appealing option is to pair Blackmon and Brandon Weeden his college quarterback. If the Browns take Weeden late in round 1 or at the top of the second round the cost is low and he can compete with Colt McCoy. In this scenario the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns will have much better weapons in 2012...think about the quarterback walking out of the huddle with the option to throw to Justin Blackmon, Greg Little, Josh Cribbs in the slot. If you pair that offense with best defense since the Browns have been back you are now cooking with gas in the AFC North.

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