2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Preview, Mock, Trade Scenarios and Speculation

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2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Preview, Mock, Trade Scenarios and Speculation
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"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."—Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Browns will inevitably draft several players Thursday night who will excite fans, or at the very least arrive with the expectation they contribute as a starter.

No surprise, Browns Backers: some of those picks will not pan out.

We questioned as to whether or not the Browns really could or should use their fourth overall selection.

The Browns organization has shopped their top pick in a manner about as understated as Lady Gaga's wardrobe and the list of potential candidates at fourth overall grows daily.

In a draft once thought to begin with the Browns after lock-ins at the first three picks, sources like ESPN's Adam Schefter have indicated MInnesota may not be settled on USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil at third overall.

Not unlike the Browns, the Vikings must build in accordance with their competition, and in a division featuring the NFL's 3rd (Packers) and 4th (Lions) ranked passing offenses, Morris Claiborne appears to be an ideal fit.

Also similar to the Browns, the temptation exists in Minnesota to see what they can't get for that third overall pick, should they trade down.

Every potential suitor for the Browns fourth overall selection would naturally have interest in leapfrogging Cleveland, should the Vikings settle for fewer or later picks in that hypothetical package.

This slideshow outlines potential trade scenarios, target players and positional priorities for the Cleveland Browns approaching Thursday night.

Like every draft season, the 2012 picture has obscured as the day approaches.

I doubt the NFL's GM's would have it any other way. 

You can follow me on Twitter: @StepanekButton 

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