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2012 NFL Draft Order: Browns Earn No. 4 Overall Pick

By virtue of finishing 4-12 against a weaker schedule, the Cleveland Browns will pick fourth in the 2012 NFL Draft even though they were tied with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Browns finished with a Strength of schedule at .531 compared to .553 for Tampa. That allows Cleveland to select behind Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Minnesota in that order.

It also means that Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will likely be available if the Browns want him. Browns representatives observed his Alamo Bowl win over Washington, and both St. Louis and Minnesota have recently invested first round picks on quarterbacks. Andrew Luck is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Colts, but it is not known what Indianapolis will do with the pick now that they have it and future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

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