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Considering we are officially in the dead part of the offseason, Don Banks from Sports Illustrated decided to go through and re-do the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns originally took RB Trent Richardson at No. 3 overall and QB Brandon Weeden at No. 22 overall. Was there a better route the Browns could have taken? rufio may hate this, but Banks' redraft has Seahawks third-round quarterback Russell Wilson going at No. 3 overall to the Browns:
No. 3 - Cleveland Browns (Original Pick: Trent Richardson, RB)
Re-do Pick: Russell Wilson, QB. A no-brainer for the perennially quarterback-needy Browns. At least with Luck and Griffin, great expectations came with the draft slot. Not so with Wilson. He sat and watched 74 other players have their names called before he heard his in the third round. Like the other two quarterbacks taken before him, Wilson led his team to the playoffs and left no doubt as to his readiness to become the face of the franchise. The Browns sure didn't turn a corner by taking a first-round running back, no matter how stout the Richardson pick might look in the future.
No. 22 - Cleveland Browns (Original Pick: Brandon Weeden, QB)
Re-do Pick: T.Y. Hilton, WR. With Russell Wilson taken in the No. 3 slot, there's no need to reach for Weeden at No. 22. But more weapons in the passing game are required, and that's where third-round Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton fills the bill nicely. Hilton was one of Andrew Luck's favorite targets, and took on a larger role as the season progressed.
Banks has Weeden dropping out of the first round altogether, with Richardson dropping to the St. Louis Rams at No. 14 overall. There was good news for at least one of the Browns' draft picks, though: right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, who the Browns took in the beginning of the second round, was redrafted to the Chicago Bears at No. 19 overall. Regarding Schwartz, Banks said, "[he] turned in a solid season at right tackle for the Browns and improved as the year unfolded."
What do you think of the redraft, in hindsight? It still leaves the Browns without a running back, but perhaps they would've found one later in the redraft. Also, perhaps Cleveland wouldn't have used up a supplemental draft pick on Josh Gordon if they had already acquired a talent like Hilton.