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ESPN Reports, Browns Leaning Towards Thomas

Put your draft caps on, because we're about to kick off in an hour and a half! I think it's pretty certain that the Oakland Raiders will be selecting JaMarcus Russell with the first pick of the draft, but then a lot of questions will be answered depending on what the Detroit Lions decide to do. In the end though, I expect the Detroit Lions to select wide receiver Calvin Johnson, or trade down to the fourth spot, allowing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Johnson.

If that happens, the Browns will have three players on their mind: quarterback Brady Quinn, running back Adrian Peterson, and my guy, offensive tackle Joe Thomas. According to a late-breaking report just now, ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting that if the Raiders take Russell and the Lions take Johnson, then the Cleveland Browns will select our left tackle for years to come in Thomas.

As for Quinn, the Cleveland Browns, according to team sources, will, barring a trade, go with Wisconsin tackle Joe Thomas over the Ohio native with the third overall pick.

Quinn is also not expected to be selected by the Minnesota Vikings, who are committed to 2006 second-round pick Tavaris Jackson. Quinn is expected to be on the board at the ninth pick when the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins are on the clock.
- Michael Smith, ESPN Writer

Here are some other articles this morning worth reading:

- Joe Thomas may be safe pick (Patrick McManamon)
- Browns covet Russell, but he's at arm's length (Tony Grossi)
- Newspaper image/description of Browns' draft room (Plain Dealer)

Also, don't believe a word about these trades involving Braylon Edwards or Kamerion Wimbley to Oakland or Minnesota, or any other team for that matter. A move like that would make virtually no sense for the Browns, and is only speculated by media sources to stir up the "possibilities".

Here are some trade possibilities floating throughout the league:

  • The San Diego Chargers are looking to trade running back Michael Turner for a first-round draft pick.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to trade quarterback Trent Green for a fourth-round draft pick.
  • The Oakland Raiders are looking to trade wide receiver Randy Moss for a second- or third-round draft pick.
  • The Seattle Seahawks are looking to trade wide receiver Darrell Jackson for a fourth-round draft pick.
  • The Chicago Bears are looking to trade linebacker Lance Briggs for a first-round draft pick.
Please, post here on Dawgs By Nature throughout the day to leave your input on all of the draft picks and trades that may occur!