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NFL Draft 2012: 7 Trade-Down Scenarios for the Cleveland Browns at No. 4

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NFL Draft 2012: 7 Trade-Down Scenarios for the Cleveland Browns at No. 4
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The Browns drafted quality center Alex Mack after trading down -- twice.

Despite many fans' disdain for the Eric Mangini regime, one of the Browns' best moves in the first round came under the watch of "Man-Genius." One of these strokes of skill or divine providence—depending on who you ask—came in 2009, when the Browns traded down three picks, leaving Mark Sanchez and Josh Freeman with the Jets and Bucs, respectively. They traded down again with the Eagles, who took Jeremy Maclin.

The Browns selected Alex Mack 21st overall. From 2009-'11, Mack surrendered a stingy 3.75 sacks and made the Pro Bowl in 2010. In 2011, he played through a hernia. If the Browns emulate that move in 2009, they will contend for the Super Bowl sooner than fans realize.

These speculations are just that: speculation. In no way do I predict any of these potential transactions to come to fruition.

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