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2011 NFL Draft and Free Agency: Five Strategies To Turn the Browns Around Now
What would you do if you were the Browns GM?

With Judge Susan Nelson lifting the lockout (for the time being, at least), I thought it would be fun to play a little game.

The premise is simple. You are the general manager and get to pick each of the following: one free agent signing + a first round pick + a second round pick. You can sign any one free agent (I used the list found here) but the draft picks have to be somewhat reasonable.

Now, I will admit that some to most of my second round picks have late first round grades and the likelihood they will be available are fairly slim. But these are not steals Kenny Lofton could not pull off -- every year, prospects fall through the cracks and into a team's lap. And what the heck, it's fun to imagine that lap belonging to the Browns.

(Note: For the sake of quasi-believability, I left out Von Miller and Marcell Dareus from the first round, as they are seeming more and more likely as virtual locks to go in the top 5. If you read my Browns Big Board article, you'd know they would have been a selection.)

Unfortunately, the Browns are a team with a myriad holes to fill. The object of this game is to fill in those holes as best as you can like kid with OCD taking a standardized test.

In this slideshow I will list my top five scenarios, in order of my personal preference. I did not duplicate any players after using them once - and used a different position with each free agent scenario. So if you would want to replace a player in the fourth scenario with a player in the first, I'd probably agree with you.

Think you have a better combination? Post it in the comments and let's hear it!

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For this, plus more, check out my blog at Ten Cent Beers.

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