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How Would You Grade the Cleveland Browns' 2012 NFL Draft?

It was an eventful NFL draft for the Cleveland Browns, starting in the first round, as the team traded up to the third overall pick to select running back Trent Richardson, following that up with the selection of quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Most Browns fans seemed enthusiastic about the first round, but that quickly dissolved into confusion and frustration when the team chose to address the offensive and defensive lines with its early picks on the draft’s second day. Regardless of that reaction, it’s a draft class with a lot of potential and it addressed both the need for offensive playmakers and the need for depth in the trenches. Only time will tell what it does to the team’s actual performance.

Here’s a look at the 2012 draft class for the Browns:

RB Trent Richardson - Round 1 (No. 3 overall)

QB Brandon Weeden - Round 1 (No. 22 overall)

OT Mitchell Schwartz - Round 2 (No. 37 overall)

DT John Hughes - Round 3 (No. 87 overall)

WR Travis Benjamin - Round 4 (No. 100 overall)

LB James-Michael Johnson - Round 4 (No. 120 overall)

OT Ryan Miller – Round 5 (No. 160 overall)

LB Emmanuel Acho – Round 6 (No. 204 overall)

DT Billy Winn – Round 6 (No. 205 overall)

CB Trevin Wade – Round 7 (No. 245 overall)

RB Brad Smelley - Round 7 (No. 247 overall)

Now that you’ve had some time to think it over, look at every prospect, and generally settle down from all of the excitement, what is your initial grade of this draft? Obviously it’s hard to give a true grade of the draft class until the players actually step onto the field, but hey, let’s start evaluating anyway.

How Would You Initially Grade the Browns' 2012 Draft?

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  • texline42

    Every pick after Richardson was terrible. They were not reaches. They were terrible!!! Really? A 28 year old rookie QB? A BACKUP defensive lineman? These fans are so starved for a contender, that they think 6 wins this year will be satisfactory. Except mediocrity( this team needs to move up a ways just to get to mediocre) and that is what you will get..Sad fan base.

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  • brwns_fan

    Ha-Ha-Ha  texline42 sounds like a Cincy or Squeeler fan, afraid the browns might have something to compete in the AFC North.  Yes, I liked the draft picks.  #87 I’m not so sure of but I’ll give H&H benefit of the doubt for having info I don’t.  With that exception, I gave the draft an A-  Here’s why.  We now have a
    LT  (  )  C   RG   RT    a monster O-line if they play up to their potential.  If we can talk Stiener to come back for two years or more we’ll have a Pass/Run line for our Pass/run game.  Playoffs here we come.

  • texline42

    Yes, of course. Like Holmgren, you try to pigeon hole  anybody that disagrees with Hand H into “They not  real fans.” As far as your grade of an A- for the team, I am surprised you know how to spell the letter A. Your “We now have” tirade is flat out stupid. They had people in those positions last year. How’d that work out for em? Only an idiot would be pleased with the selection of Mitchell Schwartz and John Hughs (WTF is John Hughs?’) So, you can continue to call me “not a fan”, and I will continue to call you an idiot. PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS? You are a tard.