Cleveland Browns: 10 Bold 2010 NFL Draft Day Predictions and a Final Mock

Richard BairdContributor IIApril 22, 2010

LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 1:  Idaho guard Mike Iupati #77 leads block against USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 1, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The Vandals were defeated by the top-ranked Trojans won 38-10. (Photo by Kevin Terrell/Getty Images)
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The Browns have 10 picks in this years NFL draft: one in the first, one in the second, three in the third, three in the fifth, and two in the sixth.

With so many picks, the Browns have the ammunition to move up and down the draft board to get the players they have targeted.

With that in mind, here are 10 bold predictions for the next three days:


Prediction No. OneThe Browns Will Be Involved In a First Round Trade

Whether they trade up from no. seven to get Eric Berry, trade down to target a player in the middle of the round, or trade up from the second round for someone else, the Browns will make a trade today.


Prediction No. Two Expect The Unexpected If The Browns Trade Down 

My gut tells me that if the Browns trade into the teens (San Francisco) they will draft Mike Iupati. Holmgren, Heckert, and Mangini all love big lineman, and I believe he is the second best lineman in the draft.


Prediction No. Three The Browns will not draft one of the "Big Three"

Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy will all be playing for different teams next year. The only one I can see playing for the Browns is Colt McCoy.


Prediction No. Four Meet Your Quarterback of The Future

The Browns will draft either Mike Kafka or Matt Nichols.


Prediction No. Five The Browns Will Not Draft a Linebacker

They have a zillion linebackers on the roster and have already added two starters in the off-season


Prediction No. Six The Browns Will Draft Two Receivers

Expect a speedy receiver (Jacoby Ford, Brian Price) and a possession receiver (Jordan Shipley, Riley Cooper.)


Prediction No. Seven The Pick at No. Seven

If the Elite Five (Bradford, Suh, McCoy, Okung, Berry) are off the board and the Browns can't trade down, expect them to draft Dez Bryant.

He is the best remaining player available, and quite frankly fills the biggest need on this team.

Not a popular pick, but it might be the best option.


Prediction No. Eight The Browns Will Pick No More Than Seven Players

There are only so many roster spots available, so expect the Browns to move up several times by giving up lower round picks.

It is counterproductive to draft 11 players and then turn around and cut five or six when you can get better overall value by making trades.


Prediction No. Nine At Least One Restricted Free Agent Will Be Traded

The speculation is that D'Qwell Jackson might be on the block, but do not be surprised if one of the other major free agents gets traded (Roth, Vickers, Harrison.)


Prediction No. 10 

The Browns will show the strength of the new organization this weekend, and ultimately, become a better team (we hope!)


Final Mock Draft

Here we go with trades:


Round One (13) Browns Trade Down With San Francisco

Mike Iupati, OG Idaho


Round One (27) Browns Trade Up With Dallas

Kyle Wilson, CB Idaho State


Round Two (49) From San Francisco

Taylor Mays, S USC


Round Three (71)

Taylor Price, WR Ohio


Round Three (85) Fron NE/Oak

Alex Carrington, DE Arkansas State


Round Five (146) From Den/Det

Riley Cooper, WR Florida


Round Six (177)

Matt Nichols, QB Eastern Washington



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