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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Browns Shore Up Offensive Skill Positions In 1st Round

Many project the Cleveland Browns to target the offensive side of the ball in April's NFL Draft. With the top two quarterbacks off the board, the Browns could look to add a game-changer at running back at No. 4 and then add a quarterback in the later rounds, or even with their second first rounder. The latest SportingNews mock draft has just that, with the Browns taking Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the fourth overall pick. That's starting to become a near consensus among mock drafters, with Richardson impressing as a top-five talent during his pro-day workout and visits with teams.

Then, with the No. 22 pick, SportingNews has Tom Heckert drafting a quarterback, albeit an aged one out of Oklahoma State.

Via SportingNews:

After passing on Ryan Tannehill with the fourth overall pick, the Browns make the bold move of selecting Weeden, who would be a top 10 pick if he wasn't 28.

That would surely be a backfield overhaul in the first round, but as we've seen over the past month or so, this is the route many project the Browns take with their two first rounders.

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