With the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns select Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I was half tempted to select QB Brandon Weeden here as I am a big believer in his abilities but instead I have the Browns selected another offensive weapon to bolster Colt McCoy's supporting cast and give him one final chance.
Wright would be the perfect down field compliment to the more possession-oriented Greg Little. Sure, his 40 time of 4.61 at the combine may have put a damper on his reputation as a burner but I put more stock in game tape. Wright consistently showed that special ability to create separation on deep routes last season and has improved his numbers each year with his senior line of 108/1,663/14 being perhaps the best in Baylor history.
If McCoy can't produce quality results with Trent Richardson (my projected fourth overall choice), Wright, Little and Josh Cribbs, then he probably doesn't have a future in the NFL. But even if he fails, the Browns will still suddenly have a nice offensive core in place to support whatever QB they bring in to start the 2013 season.
The Detroit Lions are now on the clock. Jose Romero will make the pick.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame
18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
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