Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert made some interesting comments regarding the 2011 NFL draft in a conference call yesterday afternoon.
"(Our draft board) is pretty much set," Heckert said. "There are obviously some tweaks. We're not exactly sure who we're going to take with the first pick. It all depends on what happens in front of us.”
The Browns have the sixth pick in this year’s draft, which is a great spot to be in if Cleveland is planning on drafting a defensive lineman. With Marcell Dareus, Nick Fairley, De’Quan Bowers and Robert Quinn on the board, the Browns would almost assuredly land one of these great prospects.
But if Heckert, Holmgren and the coaching staff want a wide receiver, particularly A.J Green, they might be two spots behind where they need to be.
It’s rumored that the Cincinnati Bengals will ignore their need for a quarterback with the fourth overall pick and select Green instead. If that’s the case, Cleveland management would have to put together a package for one of the teams selecting ahead of them and “trade up” the draft order. This is all assuming the Browns want Green that badly. But Heckert established that as a possibility (again, assuming that he’s talking about Green) during the conference call yesterday, "Right now, we're just going through different scenarios. If we trade up, who do we trade up for?”
Heckert also talked about the possibility of “trading down”, which could happen if the guy they really wanted was taken by the time their sixth selection rolls around. If they do that, the Browns could gain a valuable second or third round pick in a trade.
All of this is conjecture of course, which is probably annoying to read. Browns fans want to read another mock draft probably about as much as I want to see the Black Eyed Peas preform anything live, ever again. But this has become an annual event -- the two months leading up to the draft forces more Mel Kiper and Todd McShay into our lives than we should ever, ever be forced to have. This will all be over in two weeks. Then we can get back to writing about the inevitable lockout.
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