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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Browns Taking Ryan Tannehill At No. 4?

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft is just over a week away, and the biggest mystery at the top of the draft is which way the Browns will go at No. 4. Mock draft experts have the Browns taking a variety of top prospects, including Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, and yes, Ryan Tannehill. Rob Rang of CBSSports.com has Tom Heckert selecting Tannehill with the fourth overall pick, explaining that the Texas A&M product can be the franchise quarterback for the future. Via Rob Rang:

In trading down in the 2011 draft to acquire a first-round picks for the 2012 draft, Mike Holmgren and Co. set the stage for the franchise to find a quarterback of the future. The argument that Colt McCoy could be successful with greater help, there is no question that Tannehill possesses better traits. Bypassing arguably the safest player in the draft in running back Trent Richardson, as well as wide receiver Justin Blackmon won't be popular with Browns' fans initially, but until Cleveland finds a quarterback worthy of building around, fans won't be happy anyway.

Later in the first round, Rang has the Brownies sticking on the offensive side of the ball and taking tackle Cordy Glenn out of Georgia. Glenn is considered one of the better tackle prospects in the draft, and would be a nice bookend opposite Joe Thomas. The Browns have brought in Ohio State's Mike Adams recently, and right tackle could be a spot their targeting at No. 22.

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