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2012 NFL Draft: Cleveland Browns Select OT Mitchell Schwartz With 37th Overall Pick

With the 37th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns opted to address the line position, and selected offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz from California.

The 6'6", 318 lb. Schwartz started 51 out of 51 possible games for the Bears during his collegiate career, and was named 1st Team All-Pac-12 as a senior. He posted 23 reps on the bench press and a 26.5" vertical leap at February's NFL Scouting Combine.

Schwartz is expected to compete right away at right tackle for a new-look Browns offense that features 2012 rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson. He will have a tough task of protecting the two expected pillars of the franchise, and was a necessary selection for a franchise that appears to be desperate to upgrade its offense.

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