There has been an endless amount of discussion about who the Browns will take with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. From wide receivers to defensive lineman, the only clear thing in all of this is that the Browns have a lot of needs.
Despite that, general manager Tom Heckert has said that he has narrowed down his wish list for the sixth pick to two players. If neither of those two are available when the Browns make their first selection on Thursday night, the team will pursue a trade. The same goes for the Browns’ seven other picks in the draft.
Naturally, we’ll be asking ourselves, “Who are these two players that Heckert and his staff have their eyes on?” It’s very likely that one is a wide receiver, and if one had to venture a guess, it would be former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. His name has been thrown around in connection with the Browns since the start of last year’s college football season.With the thin, young receiving corps that the Browns possess, a wide receiver with Green’s skill set makes him a no-brainer.
But Super Bowl-caliber teams are built on the lines, and the defensive line is in need of depth and an overhaul with the Browns’ switch to a 4-3 defense. Does that mean the Browns also have Da’Quan Bowers or Robert Quinn on their list? Both come with their own laundry list of questions, so a defensive pick also carries a certain level of nervous fidgeting that will last throughout the summer and only end once the players finally get on the field to start the season, whenever that might be.
That being said, the Browns’ safest – and possibly smartest – pick would be a wide receiver, a player who can grow with the offense and new starter Colt McCoy. The question is, does a player like Green or even former Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones make it to the sixth pick (provided that Jones is on Heckert’s list)?
If not, it could be a year of trading down to stockpile for depth while trying to get a steal in a later round.