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Cabot: Mock NFL Draft Still Says Blackmon to Browns

Give her credit for sticking to her guns through the entire process. Browns beat writer Mary Cay Cabot, despite outside pressures, has penned wide receiver Justin Blackmon to Cleveland in what is her fifth Sunday mock draft heading into this week’s festivities.

Tom Heckert told the Browns media this week that he’d like to stay at No. 4 and take one of the top two players left on the team’s draft board. Of course, the Browns’ GM declined to name the two, but they’re most likely from the trio of Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne and Justin Blackmon. Two others still on the radar are Ryan Tannehill and Matt Kalil.

I inched way closer this week to joining the rest of the free world on the Trent Richardson bus, but couldn’t yet quell these thoughts: backs can be found later on, they get injured, they don’t play three downs anymore, they last four years, it’s a passing league, etc. But I know Richardson is phenomenal, and would transcend all of those issues.

Cabot, who will file her final mock draft on Wednesday, did leave open the possibility of joining the rest of the pro-Richardson posse, but still believes that wide receiver is this team’s biggest area of need. Also worth reading is this study on what percentage of first- and second-round selections become All-Pro players. Cleveland-specific history aside, the Browns are primed to bolster their roster come Thursday and Friday.

[Related: Poll Results: What are the Browns chances week by week for 2012?]

(Source: Cleveland.com)

  • TheRobot57

    I get the feeling it isn’t Blackmon. I don’t think he wants to be a Brown and he’s not like the receivers at the top of the past drafts. I’d be happy with either TR or Claiborne.

  • Steve904

    Claiborne and Haden… Best starting cb’s in the division for years to come, possibly in the conference. But about that whole scoring points problem…

  • jc

    I’d be fine with Claiborne if they go that route.  Scoring is obviously an issue, but plenty of teams find WR and RB throughout the draft.  Obviously, a stud like TR is hard to pass up, but if a team jumps the Browns and takes him, then getting Claiborne would be the way to go.  Both options are fine for me.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I’m almost positive the two choices are Claiborne and Kalil (hence the depends on what MIN does comment). If they take Mo the Browns will probably look at trading down.

  • Beevee777

    It is very obvious that Cabot is unaware that the Browns do not have a first rate running back and without that skill set on the offense passing is an irrelevant issue……….is no one in the Browns camp aware that the running game is not maybe the best solution to opening up your receivers but truly the only way…..get real…..if you want Blackmon fine …..trade up with some picks to the 3rd 5th or 6th pick and get Blackmon but we have to take a great running back  first or we go no where fast as has been the case for years…  

  • Beevee777

    By the way a great defense means nothing without any offense…………Claiborne is not the answer………..to rely on your defense to score all your points is just not reasonable………

  • ChadF

    Who really cares about Mary Cay Cabot’s Mock Drafts?  Stop wasting your time writing up posts about this.  Nobody cares. 

  • Derek Hawk

     I find the Cabot is wrong nearly 100% of the time. I think the Browns’ leak fake info to her just to keep her around due to her being attractive.

  • Kildawg

     Pretty faces have to be worth something apparently. My opinion is that the Browns do what they did last year: trade down and accumulate picks in next year’s draft (or the one the year after next like the Rams on Snyder’s Folly).

  • Seth

    I’m sorry, but either Cabot wants to go against the grain or is not that football-smart. If the following are available: Claiborn, Richardson, Kalil or Blackmon, and Heckert mentioned that he will pick the best player available, then there is NO way that Blackmon will be selected. The other three are toss ups, I would be happy with either one. Blackmon however….no. If the consensus is that he is best WR available, but he is a not an elite NFL player, than don’t draft him. I think (hope) that it is going to be Claiborn, he’s awesome. We would be set at CB for a long time and could pretty much handle any QB in the league.
    On a side note: i liked Cabot as a side note to Grossi, but she is not able to handle all the Browns beat on her own. She comes off as a light weight, I do not find her to be that intelligent when it comes to football X-O’s. 

  • Seth

    Huh??
    I mean, HUH???

    I guess I agree with the “wrong 100% of the time”. But the Browns feed her wrong info because she is attractive?? That doesn’t make any sense (she would get fired eventually due to all the misinformation). On top of that, you need to have your eyes checked out

  • Look, I think she’s wrong too, but would it really surprise anyone that much if she was right? The Browns have done a good job keeping all their options on the table in the eyes of most pundits. Even when I say I think it will be Richardson, a lot of that is partially my hope that it will be. I wouldn’t be as geeked for Blackmon, but I wouldn’t be completely shocked.

  • Natedawg86

    I posted this a month ago but here it is again.  Browns picks since 1999 and probowlers drafted:

  • Natedawg86

    Click on the pic.  It is worth the minute.

    *Prob Selecting PB in first rd All Teams (based on 1999-2007 *123/285*) is 43.2% (BROWNS 3/10 33.3%)
    *Prob Selecting PB in second rd All Teams (based on 1999-2007 *51/285*) is 17.9% (BROWNS 0/10 0.0%)

  • Lidopete

    When I think back to Colt’s first year when he had a fearsome running back for most games, he managed the games well enough to beat New England, New Orleans and nearly beat the Jets.  I think that shows the importance of having a running game that the opposition must at least think about.  He may really be better with Richardson.  That does not preclude getting some recieving help, but I think good recievers are available later than good running backs.

  • Derek

     You agree that shes wrong 100% of the time but then you say that what your agreeing with doesn’t make any sense. Read what you wrote. Now ask yourself if the things your brain tells your fingers makes sense.

  • Jim Brown

       When Mike Holmgren claims that Colt McCoy is his guy, I believe
    him as much as people believed John Elway when he stated, matter of
    factly, that Tim Tebow was his guy and he was going to stick with
    him…lol.   Colt McCoy is what the Cleveland Browns are stuck with,
    until the Browns management is able to get an NFL caliber quarterback
    for their team.  What do you get when you put the best NFL line and the
    best receiving corps together with Colt McCoy, that’s easy…a losing
    NFL football team.  It’s not rocket science, and no matter what spin
    Mike Holmgren puts on it, when he tells himself the truth, he knows
    that currently the Cleveland Browns don’t have a single NFL caliber
    quarterback on their team and he knows it.      To give you a
    perspective here, Tim Tebow is a 5 times better NFL caliber quarterback
    than any quarterback currently on the Cleveland Browns roster!!!! 
    That fact is pretty sad when you sit down and think about it, and it
    clearly shows how bad the Cleveland management has done the past
    several years!