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Todd McShay's Fifth Mock Draft: Going Through Multiple Scenarios for Browns

The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

We just saw a mock draft from Todd McShay at the end of March in which he projected Dee Milliner going to the Cleveland Browns. Each year, though, he does a scenario-based mock draft, which basically means that he goes more in-depth to cover multiple scenarios that could happen for a particular team. In this mock draft, he technically has the Browns drafting quarterback Geno Smith, but his most ideal scenario (the first one) has Cleveland trading the pick away:

Scenario 1: Ideally, the Browns would like to partner with a team looking to trade up to get Smith, or more likely one of the top three offensive tackles (in this case, Oklahoma's Lane Johnson). It's common knowledge the Cardinals would like to get Johnson with the next pick on the board, so teams looking to get ahead of Arizona could target this spot. That would allow Cleveland, which currently does not have a second-round pick, to move back and also acquire extra selections, which would make it easier to take Smith a little later in the first knowing it won't have to wait until the third round to pick again. Miami -- which has picks No. 12, 42 and 54 -- could be a prime trade candidate here.

Scenario 2: General manager Mike Lombardi hasn't hidden the fact that he was not a fan of the decision to pick QB Brandon Weeden in the first round in 2012, so Smith could very well be the pick here.

Scenario 3: This is yet another possible landing spot for Milliner, or the Browns could also look at the best guard prospect in a decade in Chance Warmack.

Stats and Info: Cleveland allowed 22 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers last season, tied for second most in the NFL. Alabama's opponents completed 52.4 percent of their passes with five touchdowns and 15 interceptions when targeting wide receivers last season.

I like the first scenario for the sake of maximizing value. The Browns could then try to pick up a combination of a pass rusher and a safety within the first two rounds, which would get two thumbs up from me.