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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Browns could target wide receiver

Adding another playmaker to the lineup could be Cleveland's priority going into next year's NFL draft.

Ezra Shaw

Recognizing that the franchise needs more weapons on offense, the Cleveland Browns are projected to take California wide receiver Keenan Allen with the eighth overall pick in the latest mock draft from Russ Lande of National Football Post. Draft order isn't set until the season is over, but the Browns will likely settle in somewhere in that area.

"Rookie receiver Josh Gordon looks like the real deal, but Greg Little still struggles to consistently make an impact," Lande writes of Cleveland selecting the California wideout. "Allen is a dynamic play-maker who would give quarterback Brandon Weeden another weapon to throw to."

Gordon has proven to be a quality option for Weeden this season, catching 45 passes for 759 yards and five touchdowns over the first 14 games, but the Browns are still just 19th in passing offense this year. With a developing Weeden and young passing threats like Gordon and Allen, those figures could look much stronger in 2013.

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