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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Browns take Geno Smith in Todd McShay's mock draft

Not many mock drafts have had the West Virginia signal-caller going to Cleveland. Does McShay's latest mock for ESPN hold water?

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If new Browns general manager Mike Lombardi did not think that Brandon Weeden was a good pick for Cleveland last season, how soon is he willing to spend a pick to rectify that situation? And will the right player be available at the sixth overall pick on April 25 in New York?

ESPN's Todd McShay thinks so, and he thinks that player could be Geno Smith out of West Virginia.

Cleveland struggled to move the ball on offense in 2012, finishing 24th in scoring offense and 25th in total offense behind a sub-par effort from the rookie Weeden, who will be 30 years old during next season. Weeden completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 3,385 yards, 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, while backup Colt McCoy has since been traded to the 49ers.

The Browns could be looking immediately for the quarterback of the future, so if Smith manages to fall out of the top five, will Cleveland hesitate to take him? McShay offers his thoughts in his latest mock draft for ESPN:

General manager Mike Lombardi hasn't hidden the fact that he was not a fan of the decision to pick QB Brandon Weeden in the first round in 2012, so Smith could very well be the pick here.

McShay also notes that a better scenario for the Browns would be to trade down with a team looking to move up and acquire extra picks, but that could be tough to do unless a team really has their heart set on a prospect. Perhaps even Smith.

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