2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Cleveland Browns Must Consider with First Pick

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Cleveland Browns Must Consider with First Pick
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It's only January and the 2012 NFL Draft is still more than three months away, but speculation is already running rampant about what the Cleveland Browns will do with their first pick (fourth overall).

Will they pursue Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III and give up on Colt McCoy? Will they bring in running back Trent Richardson to bolster their injury-riddled rushing corps?

Will they hope wide receiver Justin Blackmon falls to them in order to finally get that big-play pass catcher fans have been clamoring for? Will they bite the bullet and draft an offensive tackle like Matt Kalil or Riley Reiff in the hopes of finally ending their problems on the right side of the line? 

Or will they (perish the thought) trade down yet again? 

The Browns have given us no indication of the direction they plan to go in just yet, so for now, it's up to us to make our best guesses.

Some of the aforementioned players will absolutely be off the board before the Browns pick, and unless the Browns are willing to trade up (unlikely), they will be out of our reach.

But some of them will be there, and while some seem more likely to last until the fourth pick than others, we won't know for sure until draft day, so it's worth looking at all the possibilities. 

There are other players whose stock might rise between now and draft day and thus become attractive potential picks for the Browns, but for now, drafting one of these five players (and the possibility of trading down), seem the most likely scenarios. 

Cast your vote in the comments below for what you want to see the Browns do with their first pick in the 2012 draft!

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