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Who is the pick?

April 19, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Browns general manager Tom Heckert addressed the media Thursday concerning next week's draft, but he did his best to not reveal too much information.

Heckert did say that the Browns will get one of two players they have targeted, presuming that the top two picks will be quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III and the possible third pick will be USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil.

Heckert referred to a report by Peter King of "Sports Illustrated" that he prefers receiver Justin Blackmon and team president Mike Holmgren is still deciding if quarterback Ryan Tannehill can be a franchise player as nonsense.

"I haven't spoken to Peter King for years, so I don't know where that's coming from," Heckert said. "It's the time of year and it's fun for all you guys (in the media). Everybody is on the same page here with who we are considering."

Heckert said that he made the mistake early in his career with the Philadelphia Eagles of trading up to fill a position of need instead of staying put and taking the best available player. He also said he feels the roster has almost reached the point where there's not a big need to trade down and acquire more picks.

If the Browns do trade down, it won't be as far as they did last year. The Browns traded from four down to 22 with the Atlanta Falcons, adding the Falcons' first- and fourth-round picks this year. With two to five players on their most-wanted list, the Browns aren't expected to move out of the top 10.

Heckert said the organization isn't locked into a mindset of using the first three picks -- numbers 4, 22 and 37 -- exclusively on offensive players. He said it would be foolish to let a talented defensive player pass simply because of wanting to add another offensive player.

That would indicate that LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne is one of the players being considered with the fourth pick.

Reading the tea leaves, it appears the Browns have narrowed their favorites to Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Blackmon and Claiborne. Kalil could be added to the list if the Minnesota Vikings don't select him third overall.


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