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Final thoughts

April 22, 2010 - Mike McLain

As I write this approximately six and a half hours before the NFL draft starts, here are a few final thoughts concerning what might happen:

1. The Browns won't trade up with St. Louis to get the first overall pick to use on quarterback Sam Bradford. That's not exactly going out on a limb. It doesn't make sense to trade away so many quality picks for a team that has needs across the roster.

2. Tennessee safety Eric Berry will be there for the Browns at number seven. Kansas City will take an offensive tackle, and Seattle will take an offensive tackle or possibly Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, which would dump Berry into the Browns' lap.

3. The Browns will work the phones trying to trade down, but nothing will happen. One possibility involves Philadelphia, which wants to move up from the 24th spot to land either Berry or Texas safety Earl Thomas. I'm not sure the Browns want to move down that far, although it would net them multiple picks.

4. If, for some reason, Berry isn't the pick, the Browns will stick to defense. Possible choices could be Georgia Tech end Derrick Morgan, Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain and perpaps Tennessee nose tackle Dan Williams.

5. The Browns will be involved in a trade at some point. With three picks in both the third and fifth rounds, there's no way Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert will resist the opportunity to make moves.



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