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.

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(Source: Cleveland.com)