NFL Draft Rumors: Browns Pick Down to Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne
The Cleveland Browns have been tied to Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon for months.
Those ties are finally being severed.
According to ESPN‘s Bob Holtzman, the Browns have narrowed down their number four overall pick to Alabama running back Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.
This shouldn’t be that much of a shock. Tannehill and Blackmon are both interesting prospects who are worthy of consideration at four, but both were victims of hype at the fourth spot, more than realistic options. Richardson and Claiborne, however, were arguably very much in the running all along.
And now it’s down to them.
There is still speculation that the Minnesota Vikings, who one spot before the Browns at third overall, could draft Claiborne over USC tackle Matt Kalil, or even trade that pick away. If they drafted Claiborne, Cleveland would be locked-in on Richardson.
If for some reason the Vikings were to trade their pick and the new team sitting at four drafted Richardson, the Browns would then bolster their secondary by drafting Claiborne.
However, if the Browns get their choice at four, they’re taking Richardson. And you can book it.
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