NFL draft watch: Browns on the offensive

NFL draft watch: Browns on the offensive
April 18, 2012, 7:14 am
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No doubt when it comes to the Redskins this season, NFL mock drafts are drama-free. For Washingtons 2012 opponents, now thats another story. Therefore, leading up to the first round on April 26, we will look at the needs and the projected selections from the pundit class for those on the Redskins upcoming schedule. Next team under the microscope, the Cleveland Browns, owners of the 4th and 22nd picks. See the bottom of the page for a list of teams previously featured.Needs: Quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive end, right tackleAssuming the Vikings take USC left tackle Matt Kalil with the third overall pick, the draft really starts becominginterestingwith theBrowns at four. They can address one of their manyholeson offense if they stay put, but ideally they trade down.Colt McCoy pedestrian skill set has many thinking the Browns will add a passer with one of their three top-37 picks. Of course, few quarterbacks could find success throwing to their current suspect group of wide outs. Whatever offensive playmaking existed left for Kansas City of all places when running back Peyton Hillis flew the coup in free agency. Franchise architect Mike Holmgren has a chance to bolster his offensive in a major way, but note the Browns have not landed a proven skill player in the last three drafts.Charley Casserly, NFL.com:TrentRichardson, RB, Alabama(4). "This draft is deeper at receiver than running back, so take the RB now."... Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (22). "The Browns need speed at wide receiver to stretch opposing defenses.Evan Silva, Pro Football Talk:Richardson(4). "Cleveland must find a way to begin moving the chains."...Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State(22). "Weeden wont struggle to defeat Colt McCoy in a camp battle."Notes: You can add Mel Kiper (and yours truly) to the list of those who have the Browns taking the back some consider the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. However it's worth nothing that last week the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot projected Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fourth pick. As Casserly stated, this year waiting on a receiver is more prudent than on a back. Besides, Richardson is simply the more dynamic prospect...Unless they drop from No. 4, Weeden is more likely to be on the Browns than Texas A&M passer Ryan Tannehill. However,they better draft the 28-year-old at 22 (or somehow add a third first-round pick). Some team will move ahead of the Browns second-rounder to snag Weeden...Hill has crazy physical upside, but not sure he goes before the speedy Kendall Wright, Robert Griffin III's primary target at Baylor...Casserly has the Browns selecting Mississippi tackle Bobbie Massie in round two.Previous Redskins 2012 opponent recapsBaltimore RavensCincinnati BengalsBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @BenStandig