2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Dreamer's Mock Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Dreamer's Mock Draft
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Browns fans are palpably excited to see Tom Heckert's next pick.

Well, Browns backers, it's here. My "How I weawwy, weawwy hope it goes" mock draft. I think there could be as many as six plug-and-play starters in this Cleveland Browns mock. See if you can guess who they are.

Considering the Browns' win-loss total in 2011 and comparing it with the two previous seasons would lead the uninitiated to believe nothing new is transpiring in Berea.

A franchise consistently losing over 10 games every season really fails to merit a closer examination. It is losing; it has been and it will be. What's to study?

In 2010, at a team average of almost 27 years old, the Browns fielded the NFL's third-oldest team to the tune of five wins.

The 2012 Browns could feature starters from the 2009-2012 draft classes at both guards, center, right tackle, both receivers, quarterback, running back, tight end, outside linebacker, both safeties, one DE and one DT.

That kind of youth augurs well for a building franchise that has made a point to save its ducats during free agency and build through the draft.

We can expect the Browns to fill their roster spots, but Tom Heckert invariably surprises even the most seasoned armchair GMs with various trade-downs and under-the-radar pickups.

While this mock won't prove to be an exact replica of the Browns' draft, as it fails to outline trade-down scenarios (we played that one to deathbefore it was all over the NFL Network), it will consider players in accordance to the availability of "quality," at that position and in relation to the Browns' specific need at the position—pretty straightforward.

Notes: some of these players may not fall that far...I know.

Also, as you all will undoubtedly post your own mocks—which I encourage—I only ask that you consider the prioritization of special teams after the fourth round...just a thought. Switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defense can take a toll on special teams, as the number of competent open-field tacklers often dwindles. So with that in mind...

You can follow me on Twitter: @StepanekButton

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