It took months of speculation and false rumors to get here, but we have finally arrived at the first night of the 2012 NFL draft. We’ve waxed poetic about every player, gone over almost every scenario and have it in our minds what the perfect draft class would look like for the Cleveland Browns.
To help get you primed and ready for tonight (as if you needed any additional motivation), we provided a draft preview for the Browns on NFLMocks.com. Here is a snippet of that preview:
What are the team needs for the Browns heading into the draft?
The better question might be what isn’t a team need for the Browns heading into the draft? The biggest needs for the team certainly lie on the offensive side of the ball, with running back and wide receiver remaining gaping holes that need to be addressed. Other positions – like right tackle, linebacker, cornerback and even quarterback – are needs, but the Browns have to address both running back and wide receiver early to ensure there is marked improvement on offense in 2012.
Who are some prospects you’d like to see end up with the Browns?
Ideally, the Browns will select running back Trent Richardson with the fourth overall pick, but no one should lose any sleep over the selection of wide receiver Justin Blackmon, either. If the Browns do miss out on Richardson, Doug Martin is another running back prospect worth looking into. If the Browns do select Richardson, players like wide receiver Kendall Wright, wide receiver Stephen Hill, and quarterback Brandon Weeden remain some of the top prospects to target.
Be sure to read the rest of our draft preview for NFL Mocks here.