2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Latest News, Rumors and Storylines

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2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Latest News, Rumors and Storylines
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“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” - Thomas Fuller

Browns Backers, the 2012 NFL Draft is nearly upon us.

The Browns have attracted a fair amount of attention from the national media throughout the offseason for a number of reasons. National and local media predictably focused on the quarterback position.

The Browns' myriad of other needs precluded the front office from pinning their hopes on a new signal caller. 

Whether in the form of the requisite four-year, $20 million deal for Matt Flynn or trading away first-round picks through the first term of the Chelsea Clinton administration to draft Robert Griffin III, the Browns resisted outside pressure to turnover the quarterback position with admirable reserve.

Management correctly recognized that while Colt McCoy certainly remains an unknown quantity, he is, to paraphrase Donald Rumsfeld, a known-unknown. We know that the Browns offense stunk up the joint so badly that Joe Montana couldn't have won seven games behind center in 2011. We also know that we don't know whether Colt will emerge as the next Montana or Bill Kilmer.

The picture at fourth overall for the Browns has evolved on a near-daily basis this spring as the Browns have been tentatively discussing trading up and down. If they remain at fourth, Cleveland's needs number so many that realistically as many as five or six players legitimately stand a chance to be chosen at fourth.

You can follow me on Twitter @StepanekButton 

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