Thoughts on the Browns’ options at No. 4

Posted by Bernie Kosar on March 30, 2012 – 10:53 pm

By Bernie Kosar, Special Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com

Here are my takes on the Browns’ options with the No. 4 pick of the draft from my appearance on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”:

I found it really interesting the last week that teams like the St. Louis Rams are directly quoted as mentioning the Browns as a possible trade partner.

Typically, that used to be taboo. You didn’t really mention the business and the deals and possible deals that might have transpired or you attempted to put together unless they really happened.

You see a lot of people talking specifically about possibly trading to the fourth spot to get guys like Justin Blackmon or Ryan Tannehill. I just find it really interesting that other teams are talking about in-house business for the Browns.

The last collective bargaining agreement, which invoked a really hard salary cap on the rookies, has made it advantageous to have these top-five, top-ten first picks. And it’s not cost-prohibitive like it was when St. Louis took Sam Bradford for $50-million dollars, as opposed to last year when Cam Newton was signed for less than half that amount as the number one overall pick.

People want these premium picks now, and they’re more aggressive at trying to come up and get a targeted player. And because the 13 picks that the Browns have in this year’s draft give us so much leeway and for our need to really try to get better at multiple positions, it really does give us a lot of flexibility as to where you want to end up. You might see teams not go as crazy as Washington did in going from No. 6 to No. 2, but being more aggressive and trying to move up to get a targeted player that fits the need in their team.

There’s no doubt you can pick up a premium second- or third-round pick and a premium second- or third-round pick next year on top of it for moving back a couple spots. So that really does add a lot of leverage to it.

I really think the Jacksonville, at No. 7, is a sleeper team. Gene Smith, the Jaguars’ general manager, has shown a high propensity to be aggressive and move up in the draft. The Jaguars absolutely need a playmaking receiver, too. So if they fall in love with Blackmon, they will do anything to get in front of St. Louis themselves for that. And teams like the Seattle Seahawks, at No. 12, have also shown they want to do things to move up for players.

There just are a lot of options, and this is where the scouting and your study and preparation are imperative. A lot of us are focused on the top-five picks, the top-10 and the top-15 picks. This is when your analysis of the depth of receiver and the depth at running back – the top-tiered receivers and running backs that could be available in the second round.

So that analysis, that due diligence is imperative.

Be sure to catch Bernie Kosar’s regular appearances with Vic Carucci on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN 850 WKNR and ClevelandBrowns.com


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6 Responses to “Thoughts on the Browns’ options at No. 4”

  1. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Mar 31, 2012 | Reply

    Bernie, You rock cause the trading down to 7 at least guarantees us Richardson or Reiff or Ingram and Tanny should be there unless he gets taken in a trade up. Trading down frees up the Browns to get 2nd round picks this year for max impact. Colt is the guy and people will see a different team due to our aggressive program! 2nd round picks only make sense if there is an impact player we fore go with #4 there db for example can be had o line can be had, running back can be had, wide out has to be taken with 22 or 4 or with the trade down! There have been several cases made for Richardson but I say trade down and see if he falls to 6 or 7! If not we grab Blackmon at 4 and take our chances with 3rd round gems! Kalil is a no brainer if he falls! We should try and secure the Jets backup! Go Browns!

  2. By brwns_fan on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    MY FAVORITE PLAYERS, Mack & Byner. I watched a Washington Red Skin Left Linebacker pile on to hurt Mack, Mack went out for one play. No flag. Then they ran the famous “Student Body Left” sweep. Byner cut at the linebacker’s legs and Mack followed him. Put his head down and drove down on the Linebacker. The linebacker was put out of the game with a broken collar bone and two fractured ribs. Byner and Mack, each, went over 100 yds that Sunday. It was understood around the league, the Browns took care of their own. Those are the Browns I miss, the running game Browns. THAT’s why Hillis was so big in Cleveland; so did everyone else. THAT’S why I think the Browns need to draft Trent Richardson.

  3. By T Gall on Apr 2, 2012 | Reply

    Tannahil is a gamble at 4…. there isn’t much separation with the top three receivers so I think at least one will be availabel at 22. Richardson is best impact player to take at 4. I think Clayborn is the better talent pick. When you’re picking at 4 we may take the best talent rather than filling a need, then fill the needs with the balance of our draft picks.

  4. By brwns_fan on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t we trade our 22nd pick, next year’s 1st round, and one or two fourth round picks for the number 6th pick, giving us 4th and 6th pick. We could get Clayborn and Richardson

  5. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    Nice read and logic on Byner and Mack an all time favorite of mine, however who was the QB on those great teams? Bernie another all time great! He was obviously hemmed in by our ultra conservative coach especially with the lead and the ball against Denver! The same guy who started evis gerback over rich gannon!!!!!! Got to love him though! We need a QB who can play up to the new upper tier group of QB’s coming in and next year too! Tanny at 4 will put us in that position for the long haul! Go Browns!

  6. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Apr 6, 2012 | Reply

    MY upper logic was based on best bang for your buck, my recent comment is all about winning a Superbowl! Go Browns!

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