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Who's the pick

February 20, 2011 - Mike McLain
When the Browns select sixh in the first round of the NFL draft, there seems to be two ways to go -- defensive lineman or receiver.

But don't be suprised if general manager Tom Heckert decides to go for a cornerback for a second consecutive season. Patrick Peterson of LSU is considered a top-five talent and probably a better prospect than Joe Haden was last season. Lining up Peterson opposite Haden, who was one of the league's top rookies last season, would give the Browns one of the best young corner tandems in the NFL.

There's definitely a need for help at corner. Eric Wright had an awful season, and there must be concerns about his ability to bounce back. Sheldon Brown is in his 30s and clearly slowed down last season.

A more likely scenario is for the Browns to use the pick on either receiver A.J. Green or one of the several talented defensive linemen available.

Green should be a no-brainer if he's available. That appears doubtful because the Bengals. who pick ahead of the Browns, are likely to take Green.

The Browns would then have to take one of the best available defensive linemen, which would fill a need since the defense will switch to a 4-3 look. Da'Quan Bowers and Nick Fairley, whose stock rose playing for Auburn in the national championship game, will probably be off the board.

Things could change after the NFL combine next week, but as of now it looks like the most likely choice for the Browns could come down to Marcell Dareus of Alabama and Robert Quinn of North Carolina. Quinn is a classic risk-reward choice. He showed big-time skills in the 2009 season, but he was declared ineligible last season.


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