Browns may want QB Smith in first round

Browns may want QB Smith in first round
April 21, 2013, 7:00 pm
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The closer we get to the NFL Draft — and we’re just days away from the first round on Thursday — the more contradictory the buzz can get.

For example, at NFL.com, former general manager turned analyst Charley Casserly presents a mock first round that includes no quarterbacks. Meanwhile, NFL.com also compiles reports that say the Browns will be taking West Virginia QB Geno Smith in the first round.

If it seems like just last year that the Browns picked a quarterback in the first round, that would be because it was just last year that Cleveland selected Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State. But the Browns have gone through a regime change, and new general manager Michael Lombardi reportedly is not enamored with Weeden, who finished his rookie season with a 72.6 passer rating, with 17 interceptions and 14 touchdowns and a .574 completion percentage.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says: “Don’t let the smokescreen acquisition of Jason Campbell, a backup, fool you. Browns want a QB in this draft, and they get one.”

However, No. 6 is too high to take Smith, so the Browns reportedly want to trade down. But if they drop behind the Jets, they risk losing Smith to another team that doesn’t appear thrilled with its quarterback options.

Or none of that will happen. That’s how it is with the draft.