The Cleveland Browns definitely got their man in running back Trent Richardson on Thursday night, and then promptly snagged quarterback Brandon Weeden later on in the evening to complete the 1-2 punch. Despite numerous sources feeling that Weeden was a slight reach and not necessarily the team's most pressing need at that point, Sporting News felt otherwise when it released its 2012 draft grades:
Cleveland Browns (A-minus)
Key picks: RB Trent Richardson, QB Brandon Weeden, T Mitchell Schwartz, WR Travis Benjamin.
They also went for the extreme makeover, offensive edition. It's just Weeden isn't Luck.
Eight teams were given a higher grade (A+ or A) than the Browns, but few did so while also re-tooling their entire offense. Even though the selection of Weeden will remain a question mark in the coming months, the Browns did manage to pick up a key tackle in California's Mitchell Schwartz and a blazing-fast receiver in Miami's Travis Benjamin, two players who will most likely play a significant role early on in their careers.
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