2012 NFL Draft: Why the Cleveland Browns Should Trade Down, Take David DeCastro

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2012 NFL Draft: Why the Cleveland Browns Should Trade Down, Take David DeCastro
The Browns won't land Luck, but his bodyguard would help.

“You can't create players. You have to draft the board based on what your options are. As soon as you start taking players truly based on need, if they can't fill that need, then you have to come back the next year or the next pick and you're drafting again for the same spot and you haven't filled anything other than putting a name on a piece of cardboard and putting it up on the depth chart.”—Bill Belichick, on the NFL Draft

Rumors in recent weeks have run rampant, as the Browns have entertained various draft trading and free agent scenarios in an offseason where the expectation is only seven wins, but they really need to win those seven games. That is, if Heckert & Co. plan to be drafting this time in 2013.

Let's face it, the Cleveland Browns have too many needs to name. The 2012 NFL Draft features several players near the top with the potential to meet one of those needs.

Justin Blackmon inspires comparisons to A.J. Green and Julio Jones, while others trumpet Trent Richardson as the best prospect since Adrian Peterson. Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff project as potential starters on the Browns' offensive line.

Stanford guard David DeCastro may be the best lineman in the draft. An offensive line featuring DeCastro, Thomas and Alex Mack could essentially impose its will on an entire flank of the opposing defense.

Additionally, if the Browns could score a second or third round pick this season, they could potentially plug-and-play five or six rookies: just the remedy for a team that needs to establish continuity and legitimacy.

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