NFL Draft 2012: How Each Pick Fits into Cleveland Browns' Plan

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NFL Draft 2012: How Each Pick Fits into Cleveland Browns' Plan
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Hoping to see a lot of this!

Those of us who think way too much about football and actually spend brainpower opining upon these things have given the Browns’ 2012 draft choices grades ranging from A-minus to C-minus.

That is a rather large swing and raises several questions:

1)  Did the Browns get duped into jumping up a spot in the draft for Trent Richardson? Mike Holmgren swears not: "We weren’t the Lone Ranger in that deal."  (Not that the man who publicly cried "nepotism" on the RGIII trade would be likely to admit anything at this point.)

2)  What on earth was the rationale behind selecting John Hughes in the third round?

3)  Is Travis Benjamin going to be the Energizer Bunny or...Mr. Injury Prone? And is drafting one WR and signing two more as undrafted free agents going to establish a legitimate wide-receiving corps?

4)  Is pushing Colt McCoy out the door really wise?

As much as it is "in vogue" to trash the Cleveland Browns' front office (and they do make it so easy), most of their 2012 draft selections do fit logically into a pattern that makes considerable gridiron sense.

That is because, generally, the personnel selected and the glaring shortcomings on the Browns' team actually form a seemingly sound strategic partnership.

Whether this will translate into a celestial alignment destined to rocket Cleveland up the AFC depth chart is another matter.

And the Browns' draft does indeed start with a rising star.

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