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3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Cleveland Browns are, more than anything else, devoid of offensive talent. Trent Richardson changes that from his first day on the team.
Richardson is the most talented running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson, and he is actually a more complete player. With Colt McCoy at quarterback, Cleveland needs an elite run game, and Richardson gives them that.
22. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Brandon Weeden is a good player, but one problem: he's 28 years old. Though Weeden is a legitimate first-round talent, it's extremely difficult to draft a player this old in the first round.
Colt McCoy definitely isn't the answer at quarterback, but with no Robert Griffin or Andrew Luck, the Browns would have been better off building the other aspects of the offense.
37. Mitchell Schwartz, DT, California
The Browns do need a right tackle to protect Brandon Weeden, but they really need a wide receiver too. Cleveland should have selected Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle here and gone tackle later.
With that said, Schwartz is a solid player and a good addition. He will immediately start for Cleveland, and he is a huge upgrade over last year's starter, Tony Pashos.
87. John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
This makes no sense. Cleveland's biggest need is at wide receiver, and the team still hasn't drafted. Instead, they draft a backup defensive tackle.
100. Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
Benjamin is tiny, but Cleveland desperately needs speed and explosion on offense. If nothing else, Benjamin has that.
120. James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada
Michael-Johnson joins Cleveland as one of the team's three best linebackers. He's a powerful player with the speed to move in coverage. The Browns just addressed a big need with a good value pick.
160. Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado
Miller is a pretty good athlete at guard, and he is solid in pass-protection. The Colorado product won't be a road-grader, but he's strong enough to get some push in the run game.
204. Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
The Browns apparently were not comfortable with their linebacker depth. Acho has good instincts and racked up tackles at Texas, but he's probably just a backup in the NFL.
205. Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
Winn is a penetrating defensive tackle who can play defensive end in certain subpackages. The Browns already have two good starting defensive tackles and drafted John Hughes in the third round, so they obviously felt the need to upgrade their depth. Winn should have been gone a while ago.
245. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
A technically-sound cornerback with great footwork, Wade doesn't offer much in turns of athleticism. He may be able to become a good backup, though.
247. Brad Smelley, FB, Alabama
A classic h-back, Smelley can catch but doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of athleticism or blocking ability. He could produce if Cleveland uses him right.