Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St.
I think they Browns will get calls from St. Louis wanting to trade up to this spot to take Blackmon, but it sounds like Holmgren is pissed at St. Louis so I'm guessing the price to move up to this spot went way up with the Rams trade to Washington. I may change my mind on this eventually - but for now it's Blackmon.
Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
First, as a Browns fan who watched Eric Wright get burnt constantly with the Browns, I can't belive the contract he got in Tampa. Greg Schiano is a defensive coach and he's going to want to go defense with his first pick in the NFL. Claiborne will contribute immediately and take over for Ronde Barber.
Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
Sticking with same pick here. Poe is this year's version of Phil Taylor whom the Browns picked in the middle of the first round. He dominated the Senior Bowl, had an outstanding combine and is a bit of an underachiever. The Panthers need D-Line help badly and this is one LARGE piece of that puzzle.
Riley Reiff - T - Iowa
I had Quentin Coples here in my last mock, but some guy named Mario Williams changes this pick. I don't like this guu, but Reiff helps the Bills terrible O-line immediately. Reiff had really short arms at the combine (like former Iowa "can't miss" tackle Robert Gallery) and that's why I think he flops at LT, and ends up at Guard.
Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
The most underrated move of the off-season is the Eagles trading for MLB DeMeco Ryans. Now the Eagles can focus on another area of their defense and select Brockers who is a big space-eater on the D-line with a lot of upside. He wasn't overly productive at LSU but he's a risk worth taking.
Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
None of the experts will put Hightower here, but he's probably the best MLB left on the board. Most will think this is "too high" but what does that actually mean? If he's projected to be picked around #25 and be a good player, why can't he be picked at #16 and be a good player?
Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
Really? This low? Yep, despite his potential and skills RB's just aren't valued any more. Just ask Peyton Hillis and his $2.6 million contract or Michael Bush and his $3.5 million contract. Don't rule out the Browns trying to trade up in front of this spot to get Richardson.
David DeCastro - G - Stanford
The Browns released LG Eric Steinbach who was getting long in the tooth and coming off back surgery - neither of which are good for an OL. DeCastro can step in and play LG immediately. A boring pick but a need and solid player. Weeden was a thought but he gets taken in Round 2.
Devon Still - DT - Penn State
Same pick. Still didn't dominate in college like he should have, but he is an immediate upgrade on the defense for the Broncos. PS - not related but I'd put money on it Denver signs Vince Young to back up Tebow this year. He can run the same offense as Tebow and is a plug and play guy for that offense.