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Will Cordarrelle Patterson be irresistible?
With returner/receiver Josh Cribbs and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi both unrestricted free agents this year, the Browns may want to add some depth and talent to their receiving corps via the draft.
Though they've been linked to a number of free agents—Mike Wallace of the Pittsburgh Steelers among them—if someone stands out to them at the combine, their personnel decisions might become a little more difficult.
Defensive needs are far more pressing for Cleveland this year, so receiver might be a position best saved for their final two rounds. It'll be harder to find significant talent at that point, but not impossible—not if the Browns have done their homework, which includes a hefty amount of combine-based evaluations.
With Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin on the outside and Greg Little working the slot, the Browns would be best to look at both speedy, burner-type receivers as well as those better suited for possession duties. The former may temper their need to pick up the pricey Wallace in free agency while the latter would help round out their present receiving corps.
The top receiver prospect in this year's draft class, Keenan Allen of the University of California, probably isn't in the Browns plans with so many defensive needs that take priority. However, someone the Browns may end up considering in the third round is Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson, whose draft stock seems to be rising on a daily basis.
If Patterson is still there when the Browns pick early in the third round, they may not be able to resist drafting him. However, it's likely that the combine makes Patterson's stock rise so high so quickly that he will become unavailable.
Virginia Tech's Marcus Davis might be more in the Browns wheelhouse, with great size, above-average speed and a mid-round grade. Basically, the Browns need to find someone who stands out, but not too much, so that they can get a receiver who meets their requirements without overpaying.