In approximately 10 days, Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert and company are going to be gathered around a table in the war room at the Berea Headquarters for the 2011 NFL Draft.
The subject: What to do with the No. 6 pick?
This year's draft is going to be much different than any draft, possibly ever. Let's get the particulars out of the way.
First, teams cannot trade players for picks due to the lockout. The labor dispute has drastically changed the landscape and the behind-the-scenes goings-on of negotiations and trades.
Second, because of the lockout, 2012 draft picks are meaningless. Therefore, teams cannot and will not be trading for future picks.
Third, teams must strategize their draft priorities, including the looming cloud of free agency, because they may lose restricted free agents based on the four-year or six-year restricted period. So do teams go for a current need, best player or a possible need once the lockout ends? All very intriguing.
The Pats stockpiled 12 picks for this year. Would they move up to No. 6 if they feel a guy in the top 10 could catapult them to the Super Bowl? Maybe. If the Pats did trade up with the Browns, the most likely scenario would include their 17th and top pick in the second round and either their first or second third-round pick.
Assuming the Browns do use their pick at No. 6 though, these are the three guys Cleveland needs to know about.