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2012 NFL Draft Predictions: Browns Narrow List To Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne?

An early morning report from ESPN's Bob Holtzman, who is embedded in Berea with the Browns for the 2012 NFL Draft, indicated that Tom Heckert and Mike Holmgren had narrowed their choices at No. 4 to running back Trent Richardson and cornerback Morris Claiborne.

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Holtzman, however, appeared on WKNR to clarify the reports, indicating that it was his belief based on what he's hearing. Via Dawgs By Nature:

Bob Holtzman, who's in Berea, appeared on ESPN and WKNR 850 to clarify the reports. He made it clear that it's just his belief that the Browns have it narrowed down to Richardson and Claiborne. He also reported that he doesn't expect the Browns to trade down, if not just because the front office doesn't think the fans will put up with for another year. He did say that he wouldn't be surprised to see the Browns move up a few spots at No. 22 or No. 37, utilizing our later round picks to do so.

Predicting Richardson or Claiborne is hardly going out on a limb, but it also appears the Browns are hesitant to trade down with so many picks, including three in the top 37, already in their arsenal.

Only nine more hours until the reports and predictions end, and the Browns make their selection.

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