STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12: Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide stiff arms defensive back Wade Bonner #7 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during a big first down run in the fourth quarter on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
Representing the Cleveland Browns, H2E with the fourth pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft....
Cleveland is a dirty, gritty city. They don't give a damn who gets killed so long as the dice keep rollin and the money keep flowin'. It's a place where you can get everything from a close shave to a shallow grave. It's the kind of city where the needle marks try to mend a broken heart.
The local Browns are as broken down, raw and crumbling as the city they play in.
The Browns find themselves in a tough spot. They screwed the pooch on the RG3/Andrew Luck front and few in the organization are sold on Colt "took himself out of the biggest game of his life, yellow bellied" McCoy. Further, McCoy's cowardice just doesn't jive with fans in America's funkiest city. But Mike Holmgren is no chump and isn't going to panic even when looking to upgrade the quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is not an option at number four. Rather, he'll look take the pressure off of his young QB and possibly ease the transition for a rookie passer in 2013.
Actually with 14 picks in this draft, Cleveland will look to trade this pick for picks in 2013 so they can get their QB but we'll be good sports with Joel's Babylon no trade rules in this mock draft.
This offseason the Browns let overrated Hillis walk. While that move is understandable, Cleveland failing to bring any one of the number of free agent running backs remains a head scratcher.
Enter Trent Richardson.
Normally Holmgreen wouldn't dream of touching a running back in the top of the draft but thanks to straight hustlin' Atlanta in 2011, the Browns find themselves with the luxury of three of the first thirty-seven picks in this year's draft and fourteen overall. Giving them the opportunity to take pressure off McCoy while still helping their pass rushing or secondary help at picktwenty-two.
Cleveland is a good fit for Richardson. Joe Thomas and my boy Mack Truck provide the foundation for a promising line. Richardson's ability to be a true feature back will mask the Browns current stank while they fill remaining holes.
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